At the core, I want to be strong.

Happy New Year!

I snuggled up on the couch for the evening and watched a few movies with Dustin instead of going out this year. For the last week or so, I’ve been goal planning. I completed Lara Casey’s 2018 Goal Setting Series (click the link and it’s listed as #1) and created a list of goals for the upcoming year. If you haven’t seen or heard about it, go check it out. I love her method of intentional goal setting. Small goals are just as important. I took a day for each part last week (there’s five) to really focus on my goals and why I was choosing them for 2018. I’ll list them below along with some tools I’m using to help accomplish them!

I encourage you to take your time if you’re going to go through the series. Even if you don’t know your goals until the 5th of January, or even the 15th, they aren’t any less important than if you had them picked out three weeks ago. Your goals matter. What you want in life matters. You are so worth it!

It’s been a little over three years since my divorce and although we’re still going through some things, I’m ready to focus on me. For too long I’ve been in limbo, not knowing what to do with my life, where I want to be, who I want to be, what I want to do. The direction I thought I was going in and who I thought I was, was ripped out from under me. Barely getting by, I’ve been going through the motions. Going to work, coming home, wishing for Fridays. For three years, I’ve done more worrying by myself than I have spent taking my troubles to God.

It’s taken some serious soul searching to narrow down what goals I want to set for myself this year. At the core, I want to be strong. I want to get stronger physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I want to look back on 2018 and see that I accomplished much more than I ever thought possible, but in smaller ways. I don’t want or need large, perfect goals to accomplish becoming stronger. Part Four was my favorite of the goal setting series because of the questions she asks you to ask yourself regarding the goals you’re setting. A couple being, “Does this goal help other people?” and “Does this goal help draw me and others closer to God?”. I’ll list my goals for the year below. I have a few posts planned to dig deeper into each goal and why I chose it for 2018 using Lara’s questions.

My main focus for 2018? What do I want the year to center around? Myself and God. Separately and together.

My Goals for 2018:

  • Build a (simple/flexible) daily routine.
  • Make time for God.
  • Complete an Ashley Horner training program/challenge.
  • Drink more water.
  • Blog every Sunday and Wednesday.
  • Read more books.
  • Sunday resets/prep for the week ahead.
  • Listen to more Christian music (aside from workouts).

With goal setting, I also chose a few tools I knew would help me along the way.

Tools I’m Using:

  • Lara Casey’s Powersheets: I used the six month undated version last year, but not nearly as much as I should have or hoped to. I purchased a yearly version along with the accessories bundle (I believe the bundle I purchased includes both of her books!) right before they sold out! The six month versions are still in stock!
  • Ashley Horner’s Becoming Extraordinary: I LOVE the gym. I know what weight lifting exercises I like and I LOVE to run. I wanted an extra push this year and something that I could start and finish. Dustin surprised me with the Becoming Extraordinary training program for Christmas. I’m nervous but SO excited!
  • Water Intake Tracker: Daily Water Reminder, Plant Nanny, and Water Minder are great apps to track water consumption. My Powersheets should arrive tomorrow and I think she has a water tracker there, so I may use that.
  • Evernote: I use this app to plan blog posts and keep things on my mind in one spot. It’s where I hope to one day build an weekly letter to readers.
  • Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner: only one design left for 2018! This planner is THE BEST. I used it last year and I fell in love with it because of the design. After using it regularly, I LOVE the Sunday resets. Meal prep and clean house for the win!
  • Inspirations: I use this app in the morning to be with God. There’s a verse for the day along with a journal entry where you’re asked a question. There’s also a daily devotion with another journal entry for the day.
  • Spotify: I’ve been a user for four or five years now. I love the ability to search artists, playlists, build my own playlist, or search an artist and play their “radio” (finds similar artists, like Pandora).

What are your goals for 2018? Don’t have any? That’s okay! What are you looking forward to most in the year ahead?

Love and light,

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