I haven’t rushed into making New Year’s resolutions this month. I have taken time to think through the things I want to accomplish and focus on in 2018. And while it has taken me much longer to be certain of the direction I want to go, I think the picture in my mind is becoming clearer for me. I have always been a person to tackle too much at once and then end up accomplishing very little. I am determined to move past that this year and focus on the things that I feel the Holy Spirit is calling me to. So I have prayed, talked with Eric, talked with my Momma, and contemplated what I really want life to look a year from now. Two words come to mind: Reduced and Refreshed. I want to reduce all those areas in my life where clutter and stress are reigning supreme and replace them with purpose, calm, and direction. I want to hit the refresh button on life and re-examine the way I have just been plodding through life. I say plodding because lately, it seems that the things that should be bringing me the most joy have turned into tasks that must be tolerated or even just endured. I want more than that. I want to hit the refresh button and get unstuck in a few places, find some more joy in my everyday life and learn how to live my purpose without fear. So, here it is January 19th and I am just beginning to formulate my plan for the year. I have a feeling that life will look very different for me by this time next year… and I am good with that. I’m ready to hit that refresh button and see what comes next.
So…I plan to reduce the number of times that I accidentally overschedule our family by maintaining a shared digital calendar with Eric and Sammy.
I plan to reduce the amount of time needed to clean and maintain our home by creating workable systems for cleaning, clearing clutter, and laundry.
I plan to reduce our debt by reaching our long-held goal of being debt free except for our house. This means reducing our expenditures.
I plan to reduce my waistline by continuing to focus on eating healthy and moving more.
I plan to refresh our living space by lightning it up with a few fun DIY projects.
I plan to refresh our marriage by focusing on having fun with my hubby. Let me be clear that we always have fun together even doing the simplest tasks…but this year I want to do a few more things that just make his heart sing. He loves to travel and we haven’t gotten to in a while. It’s time for us to hit the road again and find some refreshing things together.
I plan to refresh my own spirit through connectedness with other ladies who speak truth and life into my day. In order to do this, I have to make time to connect. I think it will be a great year to grow some friendships!
Those are the few areas that I will be focusing on this year. What about you? Where do you need to be reduced and refreshed? Are there other words that you think better describe the changes you are working on this year? If so, tell me about them in the comments below. Thanks to Amelle Photography for the wonderful photos!