Goals for 2014

Goals for 2014

I have been thinking a lot about my goals for 2014. There are a lot of things that I want to accomplish this year but most of those are just things. This year I want to focus on being. Specifically, I want to live more intentionally and less reactionary. I do that way too much. So often I let life run me, instead of running life.

The thing is, life is busy. Homeschooling my son (which is totally worth it!) and my classes at GCU suck up so much of my time – along with making time for God (!) and home making and working on my blog and Etsy shop and other stuff. It is is (for me anyway) to become reactive instead of proactive. And for me, that often means forgetting what is really important to me. So this year, my goals are to:

1. Live more intentionally.

2. Be more proactive.

3. Be more loving and giving to others.

In order to make these goals into actionable steps I am going to:

1. Be more faithful to my allotted prayer times. (Prayer must comes first, even before course work!)

2. Exercising 3-5x week so I have more energy to do what I have to do.

3. Get up at 6:30. (I have fallen into the habit of not sticking to this and always regret it.)

4. Create a functional yet flexible schedule that allows me to run my schedule and not the other way around!

What are your goals for the new year? Let us know in the comments!

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A New Year and a New Focus

A New Year and A New Focus!

Another year is over. Wow. Where did the time go? It went fast, I tell ya. 🙂 In looking back over my goals from 2013, there are many goals achieved, and of course, some that weren’t. In many ways it was a year of growth. I got through two semesters of college and I only have about two more to go! Andrew grew in many ways and accomplished a lot in homeschool. We moved and added a new addition to the family by way of a  dog (we are actually picking him up tomorrow, New Year’s Eve).

Blogging was another story. Classes took up a lot of my time and so the blog suffered post wise. It was what it was and I am okay with that. However, now in looking ahead, I feel called to go in a slightly new direction with the blog. I feel the Lord is calling me to use this blog as a form of ministry to busy Catholic women. I want this blog to be a place of refreshment and spiritually uplifting to women who are pulled into many directions on a daily basis. I also feel the Lord is calling me to challenge women to grow in their faith and in their relationship with Him.

How this new focus will look like in the coming months, I’m not sure. The Lord has been nudging me to share my faith and faith journey is a more personal way. That’s hard though, isn’t it? There is a risk in letting oneself be vulnerable, in showing one’s true self, but if it is what God wants, it is worth the try. 🙂 I also want to find ways to encourage women to read the bible more and will probably offer up my own reflections on scripture from time to time.

One thing for sure, there will be less “filler” posts. I won’t be posting much  about Andrew’s homeschool, recipes or home management tips unless it relates to what I am writing about. I will be sharing about those things on Facebook and Pinterest, though, so if you aren’t following me there, please do! By the way, if you haven’t already, I encourage you to sign up for email updates. I will be sharing exclusive content with subscribers on a regular basis that you won’t want to miss (as well as the free ebook “Six Unique Ways to Find Time for Prayer” you receive when you sign up). To subscribe, fill in your name and email address in the box on the side bar or under this post.

As far as the blogging schedule, I will probably focus on one or two posts a week. Classes start up January 20th so I will feel less pressure (a pressure I put on myself, I know!) to blog or feel (unnecessarily) guilty if I miss a post or two.

My desire for 2014 is to be more intentional, purposeful and to grow and be all the God wants me to me. I want this for you, too. My prayer for each of you during the New Year is that you be filled with all the blessings, joy and peace that only God can bring!

(P.S. If you are regular reader/subscriber to Simple Catholic Living, THANK  YOU! If you commented on the blog or emailed me during the year, THANK YOU. I truly appreciate the opportunity to share with and connect with each of you. 🙂 )