Every year we get a fresh start… a blank slate… a new beginning. I can remember back in college the New Year was always one of my favorite times. I would set up all these New Years resolutions and get myself all organized for a fresh start. Which always included a new planner, pens and sticky notes. Because what is a fresh start without all that?!?
While the excitement of a new start and fresh year still seem somewhat exciting this year I’ve taken a different approach this year. Instead of setting a bunch of goals that I know I’ll kill myself to keep I’ve decided on one word. I’m sure you’ve seen the whole “one word” for the year idea and each year I have had a word. This year it’s taking on a whole new and deeper meaning for me because 2017 was a very hard year.
I know we are already 3 days into the new year and everyone’s posts about the new year have gone live but I chose to lag behind. I chose to lag behind in this post because of my word.
Being intentional in every aspect of my life is my goal this year. The word itself is somewhat vague because it doesn’t describe what I want to be intentional about but really it’s with everything.
So what does this word have to do with my being behind on posting a New Year’s post? Because I was doing just that… being intentional with my time. I was so unintentional with my time in 2017 in all aspects of my life that so much of it just slipped by wasted. I wasn’t present a lot of the time and I struggled with a lot of anxiety and pursuing perfect.
2018 will be different…
These are the areas I’m committing to being intentional in…
My health has taken a rough ride in the backseat for quite some time now. It used to be so easy for me to work out and be fit and feel good about the way that I looked. Then came motherhood and a new body. Not just the way it looks but the way it feels and works. It’s much slower to lose weight, it’s a different shape, and has a whole lot of marks. Marks of beautiful life.
I’m committing to being intentional with my working out schedule and my eating habits. I’m not jumping on any fad diets or cleanses I’m just focused on being intentional every day about choosing healthy foods. As for my workouts I started the BBG program from Kayla Itsines. I’m two days in and it has been great so far. There will be more on that late.
2. Spending time in the Word
In the past I’ve had the goal of spending time in the Word, nearly every year it makes my list. But for some reason I always fall short. I think my problem has always been I have to be all in and do some big grand reading plan or else I’ve failed. Which is so off base but that’s just the way I’ve felt in the past.
This year I’m being intentional every day about reading something from my Bible. Right now I’m going through one Psalm a day and keeping accountable with my friend.
I also plan to read more faith based books. So if you have any recommendations… shoot them my way!
We are nearly 3 years into our marriage and it has gotten a whole lot harder as we’ve added to our family. Grayson is the best thing on planet Earth but it is imperative to keep marriage strong. Matt and I want to be intentional with our time together and make sure we are a priority on each other’s list of the millions of things we have to do.
Our life is in a crazy stage right now. Six months ago we moved across the country from Texas to Iowa (where I grew up) and we currently reside with my parents. Matt is in school full time and I’m teaching 4th grade. Our schedules are outrageously busy which makes it hard.
4. Saying Yes or No
Lastly, I want to be intentional with how I spend my time. I want to do more of what makes me happy and say no to the things that don’t make me happy. I spend a lot of time doing a lot of things that I used to love but have started to make me a little crazy. One of those things is this blog. I have struggled with wanting to make blogging a source of income because it has potential to do so. However, I will not do that at the cost of my sanity. So while I still love blogging and will continue to do so, it will be more on my terms and when I want to do so.
I’m ready for this new year and I’m excited to see where this intentionality takes me. I know there are areas in my life that I will be intentional about throughout this year that i haven’t mentioned because I don’t know what else will come up yet.
What are you planning for 2018? I’d love to hear your 1 word or goals, make sure to share below!