My Three Words for 2016

My 3 Words for 2016

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For the last couple of years, to go along with my goals, I have been using three words to stay focused and centered on what I want to accomplish. I got this idea from Chris Brogan and although it hasn’t been perfect, it has been revolutionary for me. In 2014, my words were “intentional, love and brave” and in 2015, my words were “relationships, prayer, and grace.”

This year, I want to be more action-oriented and as I prayed the following words came to me:

authentic, focused, mercy

On this blog, I have made it my mission to “encourage busy women in their walk with the Lord.” But when I look back at previous blog posts, I get the impression that it looks like I “have it all together” or that my life is perfect. It’s not. Life is messy – for me and probably for most people. In 2016, I am going to try to get out of my comfort zone and be more “real” and vulnerable and authentic. I am going to try and share my struggles and how I overcome them (when I can). It is scary but I am who I am and I feel like the Lord wants me to show that side of me.

One thing I noticed last year is that I had a tendency to be all over the place, be it online or off. This year, I am going to do my best to stay focused and work on one thing at a time. For example, one of my goals this year is to write at least one book or journal per month. However, when I sit down to the computer to write, I often get sidetracked because I start checking email or go on Facebook or do any other task first. This year, I am going to make an effort to do what I plan to do when I planned to do it. 🙂

My final word is mercy. This year, the Pope has declared an extraordinary jubilee year of mercy. It extends from December 8, 2015 through November 20, 2016. Devotion to the Divine Mercy is something I take to heart because it is very important to me. Therefore, this year I want to completely entrust myself to Jesus and be an instrument of His Mercy to others.

My hope is that these three words will enable me to be all that God wants me to be. For the last couple of weeks, I’ve had a feeling, an intuition if you will, that 2016 is going to be a great year. I don’t know what that means or what it will look like but I am truly looking forward to finding out!

Now, tell me, what is your word, or words, for 2016? Please share in the comments!

What are Your Words for 2014?

What are Your Words?I don’t remember where I got the idea, but a few years ago, I began, after prayer and reflection, choosing a new word for the new year. It was a word that was meant to remind me of my goals or focus for the New Year.

For example, last year, 2013, my word was “peace.” Now, the year was anything but peaceful but that word was my focus word and it reminded me that, in God, peace could reign in my heart in every circumstance.

Recently, I came across a post by Chris Brogan that suggested using three words; a word for each area of focus (check out his post here). His idea made sense to me and I decided to do three words this year to correspond with my goals for the year. These words are:

Intentional, Love, Brave

As I wrote in the post about my goals, I want to be intentional and less reactive to life. I want to be more loving toward others and myself. I also want to step I also want to be brave, to be bold, to step out of my comfort zone. I want to be brave in how I share my faith and reach out to others ways I haven’t before. I hope that with God’s grace, these words will be anchor words that will help me be reminded of my goals and the desire of my heart.

Now it is your turn. What are your goals and desires of your heart? What word (or words) sums up those desires for you? You don’t have to share your goals or desires if you don’t want, but I’d love if you could share your words in the comments.

And let us pray for each other that this New Year will be a year of growth in all areas of our life for all of us. God bless you!

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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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