You can read the first post here.
After a lot of time trying to clear clutter from my head and my life – something I’m rather enjoying, actually – then came the goals…the sweet spot, the past I’d been waiting for since I realized I wouldn’t complete my goals last year.
Back to what I said earlier about goals having purpose behind them, I could not simply pick things I thought would be cool. No, I had to also envision what my most purposeful year would look like. I had to think about where I wanted to be this time next year, and what decisions I’d have to make to get there.
And this question: What would it look like if my talents and resources aligned with God’s purposes? (Moriah Sunde)
Why do I want to live on purpose?
Where do I want to be when I’m eighty?
What fires me up?
What seeds do I want to plant in my garden?
What do I want to start in my life and why?
What long-term and short-term goals would help me live on purpose?
Thinking about all of that, these became my goals, as I speak them into the public world:
- No purposeless TV. I will not turn it on as a default to create noise and distract me from things that matter. TV will have a point. I will replace it with godly podcasts, books, and face-to-face time. I will find other conversation points to start with other people, and I will get outside more (once it’s above freezing!).
- Back to a low-carb diet. During my pregnancy I had to watch what I eat because of GD, but went back to eating terribly the second I could. I’m fine with how much I weigh, and even what I look like, but for my future health I need to make better decisions. I want to be present for my kids, and the way I was eating was terrible.
- In bed at 10, out of bed at 5:30. I’m still working on this, but I’m making steps towards it because I want my morning back. I want to spend time with God before I do anything else instead of trying to find time for it later.
- Launching Words on Paper. I want to create products that are meaningful and purposeful, and I want to grow a company that impacts my community.
- Pray over adopting. We’re not ready yet, but my heart is leaning towards one day adopting, and I want to do this with God.
- Having more dinners with other people. The easiest way to reach someone is by sharing a meal.
Seeds I want to plant:
- Starting a small college fund for my daughter.
- Writing encouraging notes to people.
- Writing to Alice in her journal.
I’ve spent the last several years pursuing perfect, when I should have embraced the messy. My messy 2016 is about clinging to Jesus every moment. If I remember that He is the reason and the answer for everything, things and people won’t upset or worry me.
It means getting rid of the mental clutter and doing something about it so I’ll have space for people.
It looks like it’s full of joy, because I’m face-to-face with my daughter, enjoying her and not worrying about when we’ll have another baby or the latest on social media or what we’ll have for dinner.
It looks like no more stress about finances because we have enough and we don’t need to keep up with everyone. It means having less and being content about it (and having less to clean).
It means paying attention to the Holy Spirit so I can be ready for opportunities to share and love.
I’m saying Yes to:
- Taking risks when the Holy Spirit asks me to
- Starting my mornings actively pursuing God and living on purpose
- Loving on my husband
- Being intentional with my kiddo
- Getting outside my own head and genuinely caring about the people around me
- Dance parties
- Having less
- Being content with my season
- Living generously
- Eating food that is good for my health and my soul
- Pursuing balance
- Being active
- Aligning my heart with God’s heart
- Resting when appropriate and working hard when appropriate
- Trusting my husband and trusting God
- Celebrating and mourning with people and not making it about me
- Making time for creative ventures
- Creating boundaries for work
I’m saying No to:
- Letting TV and social media distract me from the life right in front of me
- Getting ahead of Jesus
- Assumptions and judging
- Waiting for “someday” and “tomorrow”
- Anger over stupid things
- Living too much in my dreams and my head instead of the present
- Comparison and discontentment
My word for the year:
Every decision I make I want it to be for the purpose I was given to use with this short life I have.