Monday, June 2, 2014

Starting Fresh

Last December, Peter and I spent many hours discussing goals, and where we wanted to be in five years if nothing would be in our way (money, etc). We talked through seven different areas of our lives: financial, career, social, intellectual, family, spiritual, and physical, and then set goals that we hoped to achieve over the next year in all of those areas.

I get a bit gung-ho when it comes to these things, and I went a bit over-board. (Better to do that than nothing though, right?) I set a lot of specific goals without any room for grace (like a specific amount of minutes on certain tasks) and it was really easy for me to get behind. Which I did in about 24 hours.

So this May I spent some time looking around for some inspiration. This is my 25th year on earth (I turn 25 in December). I really want to make a change. To be serious about making the difficult things I want to accomplish happen.

I read some pretty amazing bloggers. I’ve read Whitney Newby’s blog for a few years now, and I’m pretty sure I found Jessi Connolly from her. Jessi posted about #Powersheets, and that caught my interest--which is how I discovered Lara Casey. All three of these women are a few steps ahead of me in life, and yet they make time for the most important things. They are mothers, wives, in ministry, and running their own businesses, and that inspires me. I want to be able to live and manage all of those areas of my life well, and be real and honest about the hard stuff, like they are. I know they don’t do it perfectly, but they are doing it with excellence and diligence and grace, and so I aspire to live life like that.

Thankfully, I wasn’t the only one who was wishing for a new beginning last month--Lara Casey ran a sale and encouraged her readers to have a #StartFreshMay, so I was able to get the Powersheets discounted. I’ve spent the last few weeks really deep-thinking, praying and planning out my goals and what I’m going to do about them month by month.

It’s been super good. Definitely difficult. But I really think it’s going to be worth it. I’m taking it a day at a time. Here’s to the best year of my life so far!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

It's Time

It's time. 

It's time to make some changes. It's time to pursue my goals wholeheartedly. 

Yes, I'm scared. I've failed a lot. 

But I can't give up. It's not worth it. 

This December I turn 25. I'm determined to look back on how I end my first quarter century of life and say, "I accomplished what I set out to accomplish." I want to finish well. 

So here we go. Here's to a new "year" (even if it is June). Here's to a new start (if if others are many laps ahead in this race). Here's to reviving some old dreams  (even if I fear them going sour through incompletion yet again). 

I choose to believe, to declare: I have what it takes. 

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