Is the third week of January too late to write a "goals" post? Oh well. Like my friend Lara Casey always says, "there is nothing magical about January 1st." I hereby declare January 22nd just as good a day for a goals post as January 1st. Dilly dilly.
2018 marks my fourth year using the Powersheets goal-setting planner from Cultivate What Matters, and I will continue to sing its praises all the days of my life. The last three years of my life have been deeply transformational, and I owe so much of that growth to this little book. My goals for this year feel especially intentional and fitting for my current season.
Here are my 9 goals for 2018. Well, technically I have 10, but one is very personal and not something I'm sharing :) You could also call them "intentions" since they're all pretty open-ended. The action steps within the intentions could be viewed more like traditional "goals" as far as being S.M.A.R.T - specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-sensitive.
GOAL #1: Practice my Catholic faith more fully.
Why? My Catholic faith is such an important part of my life, and I want to practice it in a more tangible way. Some action steps with this goal include getting involved at church (I want to be a reader at Mass!), dressing up for Sunday Mass, celebrating feastdays for saints that are meaningful to our family, celebrating Baptism anniversaries, celebrating Holy days, and receiving the sacraments more often.
GOAL #2: Nourish my body and soul through eating whole foods, grace-filled exercise and intentional self-care.
Why? I want this to be the year that I truly own the unique way I was made. That means honoring my specific body make-up, no more whining about my allergies and how I "can't have" certain foods. Exercising in a way that is energizing and life-giving. Some action steps include scheduling my workouts into my calendar like I schedule everything else, meal planning and prepping at the beginning of every week, and scheduling time for intentional self-care.
GOAL #3: Invest in friendships.
Why? I've let this idea that I'm not a good friend dominate my headspace for too long. I've been using the excuse that I have two young kids and Matt has a weird schedule to not make time for friendships. I'm an introvert and a homebody, so I tend toward isolation if I'm not careful. And while having young kids and a husband with a weird schedule does make getting together with friends a bit trickier, it's not impossible, and I need to make my friendships a priority because they're a vital part of my life and my whole-being wellness. Some action steps include a weekly catch-up with a friend (whether that's via text, or in-person), intentionally praying for my friends and planning some fun outings throughout the year.
GOAL #4: Build up our legacy.
Why? I want to leave tangible memories for our kids and grandkids. I know some thought and organization up front will reap a million rewards for years to come. For this goal, I'm talking specifically about our tangible legacy, things like printed photographs and photo books, letters, journals, home movies, etc. Some action steps for this goal include getting our photobooks printed and up to date, editing home movies for 2015-2018, start a keepsake box for each child, get professional photos taken twice a year, and write to my children regularly. Here are a few posts about my memory-keeping systems: here, here and here.
GOAL #5: Practice financial fidelity, working toward financial freedom.
Why? I am tired of saying I'm not a "numbers girl" or that "math is just too hard" when it comes to our finances. I am a SMART PERSON and I owe it to myself and Matt to be a better steward of our finances and to take more ownership of this area. Some action steps include making a business budget every single month, adding budget check-ins to the calendar, reading a few finance books and practicing discipline in spending. You can read much more about our financial journey here.
GOAL #6: Seek simplicity in my heart and my home, holding things lightly and making space for good things to grow.
Why? There are a whole lot of dreams in my heart, but without the space for those dreams to flourish, nothing is going to come of them. How do I expect to hear God's voice when my head and heart are overcrowded to begin with? And when it comes to physical stuff, I can't take it any of it with me, so why do I surround myself with so much? Some action steps for this include reading a few books about simplicity, doing a house sweep twice a year to minimize and re-organize, prayerfully discerning the things I've committed to and whether God is still calling me to them, and practicing a weekly "wonder hour" (a term I found in the book Unseen and immediately loved) to give God space to talk, and me room to listen.
GOAL #7: Cultivate a more joyful, peaceful and grateful spirit.
Why? Because when I think about my ideal life, these are the words that come to mind. I want to practice joyful, peaceful and grateful living. This is the most vague goal I have for the year, and to be honest I haven't quite figured out the action steps for this one. I just kept coming back to this phrase when I was doing my Powersheets prep work, and I know God laid it on my heart for a reason. Excited to see what comes of this this year!
GOAL #8: Tend to the hearts of my children, sowing the seeds of the fruits of the spirit.
Why? Motherhood is such an honor, and I have such a beautiful responsibility to raise these babies God has given me. I don't want to view that lightly, and want to be intentional in my parenting even as young as they are. I want kids who embody the fruits of the spirit, kids who are loving, joyful, peacemakers, kind, good, faithful, gentle and disciplined. I'm still working through action steps for this one too, but so far have things like pray for and WITH my children daily, read a couple books on parenting and find a beautiful fruits of the spirit print to hang in our home to be a reminder for our whole family about our values.
GOAL #9: Grow as a leader, glorifying God in the platforms He's given me.
Why? I want everything I do to glorify Him. I want all my places and platforms to point to Him alone. I want my blog, my social media, my business, my Young Living team to be about Him and His grace and His glory. Action steps for this include revising my social media mission statement, writing a blog mission statement, and planning a 2019 retreat for my Young Living leaders.
So that's that! I'm so fired up for this year and the potential it holds. Do you write New Years resolutions, intentions, or goals? I'd love to hear what some of those are! For more goal inspiration, my friend Nancy Ray shared her goals right here, and my friend Val Woerner posted her goals here. xo!
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