Hi & Happy Tuesday!
I don’t typically post mid-week due to my busy schedule, but today was a day and I needed to write…
I always have a love//hate relationship with this time of year; ending one year and transitioning into another. I think most distract themselves with the holidays so that they don’t actually have to sit down and reflect on the current year or think about how they want to spend the one coming up.
It is really challenging to be faced with the question, “did I actually get to where I wanted to go this year, accomplish what I set out to accomplish, be who I wanted to be?”
It’s challenging, at least for me, because I’ve had to learn a lesson that time is so valuable and important. And the sooner you learn how to spend it, the sooner you start enjoying your life.
Time passes whether we do something we want to with it or not, so it is imperative to your happiness that you spend your time wisely. The challenge settles in when January wears off and you find yourself back in your mundane routine; not working towards anything, not being anything other than what you are in that moment. Before you know it, it’s September and you are once again looking towards the end of the year. But you haven’t done anything intentional with the time that you were given thus far. See, time is a precious gift. Unlike money or vanity or stuff or relationships, we cannot make more time. We cannot add to our days or weeks or months or years, we can only be intentional with what we have been given.
I mentioned goal setting in my post about journaling. For two years now, I’ve started each year with a GOAL list and THEME list. Here’s how they differ and why they are both important;
Goals are things that you can physically check off of a list. I even put check boxes next to each goal and it is oh so satisfying to check them off. Goals are something that, when you accomplish it, you know for sure. Here’s what I wrote down in my journal for 2017.
Themes are something you want to do more of, be more like, etc. They are a state of being or something constant every day. You can’t really check them off of a list because they are infinite. At the end of the year you can ask yourself “overall, did I do more of this or be more like this?”
2017 was a really hard year for me. It was a year of growing and uprooting and replanting. To be honest, if I didn’t have this list of goals that I could look back on and see that I actually did make progress and I actually did spend my time wisely, I think that I would be really down & depressed about this year. Instead, I’m ridiculously proud of myself. Instead of traveling to just one place out of state I actually traveled to 6. I read 7 books?! Prior to 2017 I didn’t even really read at all. A half marathon?! I remember training and thinking “I have to check this one off, I have to check this one off…” Accomplishing your goals is absolutely addicting.
As for 2018? It was really encouraging to me to sit down and think about how I want to spend my year. Again, after the whirlwind that was 2017, I wasn’t sure how to move forward. But I’m still here, still waking up in the morning, still breathing, still healthy, still able and still loved so I have a choice to make; spend 2018 going through the motions and trying to survive OR spend it being, doing and conquering. My goals/themes for 2018 is my best, most thought-out, most intentional list yet. With that being said, you can totally copy and make them your own. I seriously encourage you to set goals for this upcoming year and do it NOW. Don’t wait until January. Start prepping your subconscious now. Start planning now. Start getting inspired now. You don’t have time to wait.
Read 15 books
Run my second half marathon (improve time)
Travel out of country
Travel out-of-state (somewhere new)
Make one new friend
Pay off school loans
Fall in love with one new hobby
Touch the ocean
Take my dogs to the ocean
Get a new tattoo
Run a 5k for fun
Run a 10k for fun
Get plugged in at a new church
Make $100 off of my blog
Bless someone financially
Say no to things that I don’t really want to do.
Stop apologizing for who I am and what I want (be true to myself).
Be honest with myself and others
Have hope (Jer. 29:11)
Be strong – physically, spiritually, emotionally.
Get rid of anything & everything that no longer serves me; letting go creates more/new space
Let myself feel emotions as they come up
Give myself grace
2018 is going to be your best year yet,