Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Intentional in 2014

There are just a few hours left in 2013 and I'm more than ready to flip the calendar to a brand new year!  I am looking forward to what God has in store for our lives this year.  I've spent the last few days thinking about 2014 and how I'd like my year to look and it prompted me to choose my "one little word".  In 2010 I chose the word Fearless.  I haven't chosen a word for the year since then but I'm feeling inspired this year so I decided to really think about a word for 2014. 
The word I'm choosing for this year is Intentional. 

I want to live with more intention.  I want to love with more intention.  I have goals I really want to achieve this year and unless I am intentional about what it's going to take to get there I won't make it.  This is going to be a year where I can say YES, I did it.  I crossed the finish line. 
Cheers to 2014 and the hope and promise that comes with ringing in a new year! 


Sunday, December 29, 2013

Goal Setting for 2014

This past week or so I've really been thinking about what I want my life to look like in 2014.  What do I want to achieve?  How do I want to feel?  What do I want to see, experience, enjoy?  In the midst of my thinking I ran across this post by Lara Casey.  I connected with it right away and knew I wanted to join her on this journey to help me succeed in 2014. 
As a stay at home Mommy it's very easy to get stuck in a rut and just "do" life... never having a goal or dreams to look forward to besides making sure G gets a nap or goes to bed on time or eats his veggies, etc.  I want my son to have a Mommy who is present and here for the everyday ordinary moments, but I also want him to see me as a determined and focused woman who fights for what she wants and makes things happen.
I'm realizing as my son grows up that life is moving at such a rapid pace and I don't want to just coast through it.  I want to live it.  Live it well and with intention.  I still feel like I'm asking myself the question "What do I want to be when I grow up?"  I feel like being a Mother is my calling, but is there anything else out there for me?  Something I could spend a little time doing to fill my cup up, to help others and do God's will?  Hopefully in 2014 I'll discover what that "thing" is... or at least be closer to figuring out what it is. 

One thing Lara Casey says in her post is "To make things happen you have to start with where you are."  Boy, I needed to hear that.  It's time to quit looking behind me and accept the past for what it's taught me.  If you are looking for a way to achieve more, dream more, be more in 2014 you might think about joining me on my journey with Lara Casey.

The first step she asks us to do is answer the question; How are you?  Write out 3 things that are challenging you in your life today and 3 things you are grateful for.  I thought about keeping these to myself but for some reason I feel compelled to share tonight so here it goes.
Three Challenges: 1) Weight Loss journey has stalled.  2) Feeling like there is something "more" for me to do... but not knowing what "it" is.  3) Better organization with housework, cooking, laundry, etc.
Three Thanks:  1) Spending everyday with my son, thankful my husband works hard and provides for our family.  2) Weight Watchers and the success I had this year.  3) The support I've had from family and friends this year and words of encouragement that have gotten me through and helped me stay on this path... even when I want to throw in the towel!

Well, there it is.  I hope as I work through some of my goals (and goals we are setting as a family) I'll begin to feel better in some of these areas.  At the end of the day I'm thankful for my ordinary life.  I am not perfect and I make my fair share of mistakes but I have a husband who loves me through it all and a God who's love is perfect despite my shortcomings.  I'm a work in progress, and there is always more work to be done, but everyday I'm given a clean slate and a fresh start to begin again and learn from my yesterdays.  I'm looking forward to what God has in store for 2014!