Happy New Year, friend! I can hardly believe that 2017 is long gone. 2017 brought a lot of rest, healing, and navigating what matters in my heart, and I am excited to step into action in 2018. But I’m not just setting goals for goal accomplishing sake. Oh, no. I’m throwing traditional goal setting in the basket and doing something completely different. And I’m doing it with one of my favorite tools, Cultivate What Matters‘ PowerSheets.
While the rest of the world says, “Go, do, push, grow, change!” I feel more and more called to dig deep and establish roots. Roots that transcend whatever the latest trend is. Roots that keep my faith, marriage, family, and heart grounded in what matters. Roots of joy while living with LESS. Less stuff and new things to accomplish. More cultivating what we’ve already been given.
So this year my word is ROOTED.
My goal list this year might seem less than thrilling. Simple. And it is! And that is okay. I love what PowerSheets creator, Lara Casey, teaches about goals. She says, “Goals are overwhelming if they aren’t connected to what matters. They can make life busier. I don’t want a new to do list for my life; I want a clear, meaningful path. I want to know I’m living with intention and purpose instead of living by accident.”
I don’t know about you, but my life is BUSY enough. I have a marriage that takes real work, 3 kids, two families, friendships I want to pour into, this business, other businesses outside of the MMC brand, and a whole lot more. I think Lara hit the nail on the head when she said she doesn’t want a new to do list for her life. I don’t want that either.
I want to live on purpose. I want to draw from a deeply intentional well. I’m filling up life-giving buckets!
One of my favorite parts of Lara’s PowerSheets is the prep work done before you even get to the goal dreaming up phase. It is within these pages that she helps you connect your heart to what really matters to you.
This year I learned quite a bit about myself in these pages. Particularly on the “Break Your Identity Box” page. On this page, Lara prompts you to take a hard look at the ways we limit ourselves by deciding who we are and who we aren’t. What have we believed about who we are from what we have been told?
I came to a major revelation while filling out this page: My past mistakes and the girl of my youth doesn’t have to define me FOREVER.
I have the power to re-write my blueprint and live the way I want to live. And it doesn’t matter what has been my norm in the past. Purposeful living is done in the present for a meaningful future. I’m not setting out to change my personality, but rather flipping the script from limiting self-beliefs to a world of potential for what really matters to me.
A few self-limiting things I’ve been telling myself for too long are:
“I’m not smart enough.”
“I am an all or nothing kind of girl.”
“I’m not serious.”
“I’m a rebel.”
“I’m fickle and impatient.”
“I’m incapable of structure, leadership, success, and contentment.”
In my past, there are real moments and seasons that shed truth on these statements. I didn’t finish college. I’ve done a lot of stupid things in the name of thrill. I’ve done plenty of things on a whim without thinking about the why and who it could affect. I can’t even count how many times I’ve changed my mind and walked away from this or that before ever reaching completion.
I’m not proud of those moments. But I’ve been living SO LONG in the shadow of these boxes and it has held me back from simply living the exact sort of life that I want.
What could it look like if I flipped the script?
“I am open to new experiences and eager to learn!”
“I AM CAPABLE. I am learning in focus, slow and steady growth, and being content.”
“I am not afraid to try!”
“I was wonderfully made by God to encourage and bring life and light!”
These positive possibilities breathed new life into my mind and heart about who I am and what I am capable of. And it completely changed how I approached my goals for the year.
Instead of creating arbitrary big ideas to try to accomplish, I’m tending these renewed roots of my blueprint to grow deep and wide with a few simple goals that actually matter to me!
- Read the entire Bible! I’ve been a believer for a long time, but in all honesty, I’ve never read the entire Bible. I truly believe that the Bible is God’s primary way He reveals Himself to us, so the most important thing I want to do in 2018 is read it! I’m letting go of the fear of not perfectly understanding it all and just letting God reveal what He will. I’m doing The One Year chronological plan with the YouVersion app and am really excited about it!
- Read 24 Books. Big truth: I spent WAY too much time on my phone in 2017. I had so many books I wanted to dive into, but only read a couple. In an entire year. So this year I’m putting boundaries around my phone time and choosing the books on the shelf! I’ve already planned out the entire list of books I will read with each month getting one encouraging and life-giving book to cultivate deeper roots in my faith, marriage, family, and life and one book on business and strategy (nerd alert!). Many of the books on my list are directly related to my simple goals this year! I’ll share this list with you in my next post!
- Establish a Morning Routine. While structure and routines truly do not come easy to me, I know this goal will be so fruitful for our family. I want our days to start off with joy instead of feeling frantic. And this is a big way I can show love to Jeremy, my wonderfully made, by the book, structure loving husband! 😉
- A Year of Contentment. As I went through the PowerSheets prep pages, I unearthed a big pain point in my life: I put too much weight in stuff and have some very bad lifelong habits around emotional and boredom spending. I don’t need new things. I need Jesus! (Another reason Goal 1 is number 1!) This year my husband and I are going on a cash system and I am choosing to live with less. I’ll explain more here soon, but I have decided to not purchase anything I/we don’t actually need. I technically already started this in the beginning of December and can already tell my heart is changing here.
- Learn to Love Taking Care of Myself and Get Movin’! This is a biggie for me. I’ve repelled self-care for a long long time. And not because I don’t like it. I actually enjoy exercise and how I feel when I take care of myself. I’ve let my rebellious side fester here because for the majority of my life I’ve had the misguided mindset that cultivating a healthy lifestyle is about fixing problems. This year, I don’t have a goal to fix anything. I want to thrive! I’m going to start with exercising 3 times a week and focusing on a few simple habits like water intake to help me flip the script. Self-care isn’t about fixing. It’s about thriving!
- Learn How to Paint! Tis true. I like to have FUN! This goal is really just about fun. I l-o-v-e unplugged moments of creativity and exploration and have always wanted to learn more about abstract painting… so I am going to do it just because I can! This goal is also about connecting with my babies. The girls love creative activities, so I can easily hand them a brush while I practice and let their imaginations run wild!
- Get Back to Snail Mail. This might easily be the oddest “goal” on my list. But it is one I am really excited about! There is something magical and moving to me about a handwritten note from the heart. I have so many people around me that I am grateful for, and this is an easy way to cultivate gratitude in my soul and spread love! I’ll share more about how I plan to do this real soon! Best part? I don’t have to buy new stationery (see goal 4)! I can use that box of beautiful crisp blank note cards that have been collecting in my closet for years! 😉
There you have it! 7 simple goals that have profound meaning to me! This year I’m going to keep this series going with monthly updates to help me stay accountable, celebrate progress, and open the door for more conversation about focusing on what matters (and how to actually do it!).
If you’re wondering where my business goals are, they aren’t here. Not because I don’t have any! In years past I lumped my personal goals with business goals. Truth be told, many of my past personal goals were very wrapped up in my business. As I went through the PowerSheets prep work this year, I realized I needed to separate the two in an intentional effort to not focus so much of my time and thoughts around my business. I love what I do, but it can easily take over my mind (because it really is fun!). My faith, marriage, family, and friends matter most to me and I am ready to live on purpose by cultivating roots here first!
You can follow along with my bucket filling journey anytime HERE!
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