It's a new year, guys! A NEW year. It feels so fresh and new and life-giving to me to enter into unchartered, joy-filled territory in 2016. I know that doesn't mean that I won't meet challenges this year, but I pray I will face them with the discipline of hoping for Jesus' Kingdom here on earth. The Lord is opening my eyes to the ways that I'm living like I'm defeated. But I'm not defeated. All things are possible with God. What if I actually embraced this season (and the next) like nothing was impossible? What would I believe that God could do? How would I see my current view as limiting? What if I saw the world with a Kingdom perspective and expected the impossible? What then?!
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I threw out my 2016 goals and started over. It was so hard for me to lay down my dreams for the year and submit them to God. But I am so thankful that I did... because His ways are made up of good. I'm excited to embrace this new year and continuing to set my 2016 goals with the truth that God can do the impossible! I will be sharing them with you at some point between now and the end of February! For now, here are my January goals!
January Goals in 2016
Read Essentialism - This has been on my list for a long time but I always select another book to read (which is slightly ironic since it's about learning to choose only that which is essential)! I broke my goals down into weekly (and even daily) goals so that I could see progress. And it's working! I am well into this book and am loving it! I told Isaac that pretty much the entire book is highlighted on my Kindle!
Put an additional 1K in business savings - It feels weird to share this online, but if I'm being serious about helping others build thriving business, it needs to be shared! I put aside a large percentage of the business income for business savings. In addition to that, I will be putting aside an extra 1K.
I use the business savings for anything that isn't a yearly or monthly expense! This gives me the freedom to hire a new team member or invest in a new product for the shop.
Read Titus + journal about it - I have been having the hardest time getting into the Word these days and I neeeeeeeed it in my life. It just changes everything - my perspective, the way I serve, and the way I love. What kept me from it for so long is not having a chunk of time that would be uninterrupted (babies are totally unpredictable). So I decided to just do my reading + journaling in front of Daniel if the day calls for it. I'm not sure why this didn't occur to me before, but I'm so glad to be in the Word in front of Daniel!
Go to the zoo 2-3 times - My grandma and uncle gave our family season passes to the Springfield, MO zoo (YAY!!) and I plan to do all the walking I can stand! I have a new weather shield for the stroller so Daniel can stay warm and I can be outside!
Set yearly goals with Isaac - We have never set goals for our family! That's probably obvious since Daniel was just born this year (ha!)! But we have never really said, "these are the goals that we have to serve our Church, families, friends, and our marriage." And friends, I'm excited to be intentional about all of those areas!
Block off 6 weeks for vacation - I'm on maternity leave and you probably think I'm losing my mind! This time off has made me realize that I need to take time off work!! I decided to give myself an entire month off work (December it is!) and 2 weeks of vacation during the year. I have proved to myself during the last 6 weeks of maternity leave that it's possible to let my business work while I don't!
If you want to take time off and just don't feel like it's possible, please go read this post!
Find + implement a toy solution - I like to keep things simple, minimize clutter, and avoid collecting things. I want to think long-term with these toys and maybe grab an Ikea closet organizer for Daniel's room! Whew! That already feels so much simpler (and so much neater)!!
Walk/Run 40-50 miles - Yes. So pumped to be doing this!
What are some goals that you have for this month?! I would love to hear about them in the comments below!