I'm completely obsessed with mornings likes these. The ones where the silence of the house is the first thing I hear. The ones where I get to watch the light change on the curtains as the sun makes its way into the sky.
It has me dreaming of a little coffee station in our room so that I can get my morning cup without sneaking past Daniel's room. You know that rule about not being quiet around your sleeping child so they will sleep through anything? Yeah, we did not follow that rule! Ha! Well, we followed it for the first 8 ish months and then we decided to be quiet and he finally slept. How's that for positive reinforcement?
I crave slow, simple mornings. I crave a slow, simple life! This hasn't always been true, but the Lord has changed my heart so much this year. I really don't want a fancy life. Just give me Jesus.
I read Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey a few years ago and he talks a lot about how to set goals that you can break down into action steps. I have found that this is so helpful and using his SMART method has helped me tackle a lot! But because I can be so focused on achieving, achieving, achieving, I have started making the over-arching goals a little more vague.
This has been so freeing to my over-achieving mind. I still create specific, measurable action steps, but when I look at the goal, I want to feel inspired, not driven. Maybe it's the creative in me and maybe this will only work for a season of my life, but it's so good, friends. So if you're like me and tend to be really driven and so focused on getting the next thing done, this might be something you enjoy, too!
my 2017 goals
1) Live a simple and peaceful life
This looks like slow mornings where I get to turn on the music, get a workout in, read my Bible, journal, and read and write some more if there's time. I want to get up between 5 am and 6 am (I'm working on being a morning person, friends) and have a couple hours to myself before I get Daniel up! This time feels essential to me as a momma. There's something about having some time to collect your thoughts before you go kiss that little forehead that makes the biggest difference!
My grandma gave us passes to the Zoo again, so you can bet we will be doing a lot of that as soon as it warms up. I'm looking forward to running again, planting a small garden, and teaching Daniel... everything! I want to write the alphabet on this roll of paper, sing made-up songs to him, and be aware of what he wants to learn about. Animals? Trees? Planes? I want to encourage his adventurous mind and show him that he can learn whatever he wants to learn!
I want to welcome friends and family into our home, have a family night each week, read, and create habits of rest.
2) Receive from the Lord with open hands
Because I have been wrestling with this question: does He give good gifts... to me? There are countless verses about how the LORD gives good, perfect gifts...
- James 1:17 - "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change."
- Mark 11:24 - "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have receive it, and it will be yours."
- Matthew 7:7 - "Ask,and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find/ knkow, and it will be opened to you."
- Matthew 7:11 - "If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!"
But I have wrestled with this since Victory died. I want to believe in my heart what I know in my mind: He gives good gifts. The truth is that I look around at my brothers and sisters in the Lord and I can see His good gifts on their life. But does He give good gifts - does He have good - for me?
I love that Jesus allows us to ask Him these questions. I remember a specific time in my life when I had withdrawn from Him and He came to me and said, "What is your question, Jordan?" So I asked my question and He answered it and shook my whole world in the most beautiful, glory-filled way.
So I fully expect that He will answer the questions burning in my heart since Victory died and I really want to share how He answers this question.
I want to speak, friends. I want to speak at conferences and retreats. I'm flying out to Maine to lead a workshop and speak for 3 hours on marketing. I want to do that well. I want to speak on Instagram through the daily story and the little squares. I want to do Bible studies through facebook live. I want to personally encourage people in my life. I want to get on long-term and short-term video.
But I also want to speak in my everyday life. Somewhere along the way, I stopped sharing my story in my everyday relationships. I don't believe that I need to stop listening to others in order to start sharing, but I honestly don't know what this fully looks like just yet. I want to welcome, invite, warm up, usher in, and bring forth. I want to write my stories and speak them. I want to personally encourage people in my life. I want to get on long-term and short-term video.
I'm dreaming of having a "Story Day" every now and then where I just write all of the stories I can think of!
4) Write stories
In order to unpack my stories, I'll need a guide, right? I'm really excited to dive in and create a tool I can use as I tell stories! I want to use this guide to build others up, encourage business women, speak life-giving words to the online world, market my products, and love others well.
I'm excited to share more about this tool as I create it!
6) Launch a shop of intentional products
My heart is full just thinking about this! I am getting emails and messages every single day asking about presets and I will have them ready for you soooooo soon!! I am focusing on a stress-free, joy-filled shop launch, so I don't know how many products I'll have available from the start. It might just be the presets when we open the shop.
But I want you to know that I hear you loud and clear about the presets and I can't wait for you to watch your business transform with this suite!! My heart is to only create products that I truly believe will bring transformation. I had a lot of ideas for products and Isaac and I went through and nixed a few. Every product in our shop has to be able to transform your business, bring freedom to you, and inspire action. It has to bring results that will have a lasting impact.
So, friends, I am really excited about what I'm creating for you this year. If you want to be a cheerleader for the shop, join the inside group!
7) Write a book
This was pressed on my heart in 2016 and I have never felt so inspired to write. I had wanted to write a book on business, but the Lord gave me a very specific and different direction. It's going to be full of my heart, and little stories from my life. I imagine it will feel like the stories I share on Instagram, only longer, deeper, and more intimate. I'm not ready to share the title of the book or what the theme is just yet. I'll be writing this book for a specific group of people in my life and I want to surprise them (maybe I should record it?!) before I tell you!
So, friend, what are your 2017 goals? I want you to know that no goals is small or insignificant when it has purpose. What's on your heart? I would love to hear at least one goal if you'll share in the comments below!