Thursday, March 26, 2015

Goal Setting for 2015

UPDATE: I should really label this confession instead of update, to be open and honest this blog post has sat in my drafts since about March 1st  and  swimming around in my head since about January 1st , I just haven’t had the nerve to post it.  But after reading more of Make It Happen, I realized this is something that I just have to do.  Face the fear, right?

Well, hello! It's about time; I come back here and dust of this old blog of mine. (And I hope to keep it free of dust bunnies from now on)

I want to start out this post, with some things that have been going on in my own life, ending with some goals for this coming year.  This past year has been a crazy one; I have gotten married, lost my job, got a new job, and started college again.  I will be completely honest it has been one of the most up and down years of my life.  My wedding was one of the best days; it was a wonderful day to celebrate with family and friends and was such a blessing to share that day with so many people that have been a part of our lives throughout the years. After our wedding, I moved in with my new husband and we went on our honeymoon.  When I returned home, I was very excited to get settled into married life.  I went back to work and was informed I longer had a job.  To say the least I was devastated, I’m not going to go into a whole lot of detail about the whole situation. I felt betrayed, by the people I had worked hard for, for 7 years.  Losing my job sent me into a tailspin.  Looking back now, I was depressed and sad, even though I didn't know it at the time. In the end, this was a very good thing, I wouldn't trade the bad times for my job back, but it was hard at the time.  God knew what he was doing. Even after I headed back to work at a new job and started college again, I was still in a major funk.  

Fast forward to a few months ago, I kind of starting coming out of the funk I was in.  I finally had the ability to work, go to school, and have enough free time to start blogging, which is something I wanted for a long time. But honestly I just did nothing, paralyzed by fear and laziness.  I was also frustrated with myself because I finally got something I wanted for so long and I was just letting it waste away. I felt very disconnected from every aspect of my life.  I needed to move into action.  Move into community.  Move into what God has called me to.  But I was scared.  I could not move forward with the things that I was called to do, which I believe, at this time is to provide inspiration and encourage others to manage their homes well, so they can be good stewards of what God has blessed them with.  To be real with you here, I have known that this is what God wants me to do for a while, but I haven’t acted upon it.  I have posted about it many times but never followed through with anything of substance on this blog.  I attended The Influence Conference in 2013, which was so amazing for me and I was so inspired but I got home and was so overwhelmed, I didn’t do anything.  I cannot believe this blog has sat here for almost two years, I am not proud of the fact I have let all that time slip away, when I could have been enjoying the freedom of doing what the Lord has called me to do.  This quote by Lara Casey pretty much summed up how I was feeling, “You are often paralyzed by fear.  Instead of taking action on the things that keep pulling at your heart, you get out your phone and look at what other people are doing.”  That is exactly what I have been doing, instead of looking for inspiration and to be built up through blogs and social media I was using it as a way out, which makes you feel icky, inadequate, makes you compare yourself to what others are doing and have.  I knew that I had to snap out of it, I couldn’t continue feeling worthless.

But the good news is, all this doesn’t matter, you know why? Because today is a new month, week, and, day and we serve a God of second chances.  As the wise Lara Casey says, “There is nothing magical about January.”  So the other night I prayerfully sat down to write out some goals for this year.  What? But it’s not January, well I am declaring March 1st is my new January 1st.  Who knows I might do this every year to help me get out of the winter funk, I always find myself in.

I followed along with Lara Casey and her process of making a list of goals, I do not have the PowerSheets, but that is something I plan to invest in in the future.  After following along with her, I feel like, for the first time in a long time, I have something to align my life up with.  Listing out my goals isn’t really something I have done before.  But these goals have helped me create a vision and will hopefully help me stay motivated to stick to them.  So before, this post gets too long, I want to share some of my goals for this year.  The hardest part for these goals was defining the why, but I pushed through and it helped me weed out the goals that weren’t worth my time.  I created one big theme for my goals this year which then allowed me to break them down into small categories (home, marriage, personal, etc.) So here it goes.

My theme for this year was partially based off of Proverbs 29:18, which says, “Where there is no vision, the people parish: but he that keeps the law is happy.”  This verse really spoke to me as I was thinking about my goals for 2015, the ability to set goals for the future, will result in growth.  Not setting goals, as I have done in the past, resulted in life becoming stagnant and irrelevant.  I have discovered that writing down goals and actually thinking about where you are going in life can make you feel more alive.  Creating a vision helps you focus, year after year, decade after decade.  

Another theme I based my goals off of was Lara Casey’s question, she asks of herself, when I look back over my life where do I want to be when I’m 80.  While thinking about this and the goals I wanted to set up I came across a verse that helps sum that up.  I found Titus 2:3-5, “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to wine, but to teach what is good.  Then they can urge the younger woman to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”  I want my life to reflect that verse.

The last thing this year I would like to keep in mind is the most important, is that life is never perfect, but God is ALWAYS faithful, and meets us in our mess.  God doesn’t want us to be perfect he wants us to life freely following him.

I divided my goals into five different categories and gave a brief description and action steps; I can do to work towards that certain goal.

HOME- I want to create a home that is intentional and functions well.  I believe that having a well-managed home allows you to be a good steward of what you have and frees you up to serve God well.
Action Steps
-Pray for my home.
-Hang scripture on our walls as reminders.
-Follow our budget and start tithing, regularly.
-Work on a home manifesto.
-Open up our home on a regular basis.
-Give thanks for our home.

MARRIAGE- I want to build a firm foundation in our first year of marriage and before kids.
Action Steps
-Pray for Craig and designate time to pray together.
-Read The 5 Love Languages, find out Craig’s love language and act upon that.
-Sit down and write down goals as a couple.
-Have date nights.  Put them on the calendar.

RELATIONSHIPS- I have not been good at intentionally creating community with friends. I want to be more intentional with friends and relationships.
Action Steps
-Do something encouraging for a friend or family member once a month.
-Invite others into our home.
-Schedule monthly coffee dates with friends.

PERSONAL- Make self-care a priority.
Action Steps
-Start doing daily devotions.
-Make prayer a priority.
-Eating well/exercise
-Ask for prayer.

BUSINESS/BLOG- Not too much on this front, other than, just do it.
Action Steps
-Start blogging consistently.
-Monthly goals link-up with Hayley Morgan.
-Participate in Influence forums.

Wow, this post is getting kind of long.  Thanks for reading my ramblings.  I hope this encourages you to set some goals for yourself. I am so excited and can’t wait to see what the rest of 2015 has in store! See ya back here soon!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Lindsay Letters Holiday Collection

Happy Friday all! I don't know about you, but I am ready for the weekend. I'm ready to get my house prepared, cleaned, and organized for some Christmas decorating.  Only 14 more days until I can start decorating, and I already have everything decorated in my head, or so I think.

Today, I wanted to share some more great Christmas decorating inspiration.  Have you guys heard of Lindsay Letters?  It is a lovely shop with art prints, canvases, gifts, and a lot of other goodies.  I love her work; it is beautiful and has meaning.  I used her wedding vows print at our wedding, the Come Thou Fount print hangs in our living room, and her Unity print hangs in our bathroom, you get the idea.  I like her work, A LOT.  Lindsay just recently released her holiday collection and let me tell you, it's amazing.  I want them all.  They are beautiful, different, and meaningful! I'll let you take a look for yourself.

Long Expected Jesus Canvas

O Holy Night Canvas

Buddy the Elf Quote

Do Not Be Afraid! Canvas

#idhtbptbb Canvas

O Night Divine

These pieces are just my favorites; she has a lot more to offer in her shop!  I love that her work reflects the true meaning of Christmas in a really beautiful way. For a more affordable versions of her work, she offers a lot of her canvases in print format.    Run, don't walk over to her shop and check out the rest of her holiday collection.  

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!