My 2018 Resolutions
This year, my goals are looking a little bit different than your typical "New Years resolutions." They can't be summed up into categories like "go to the gym more" or "eat fewer donuts." This year I wanted a more intentional plan. Before I even started setting my goals I asked myself WHY I wanted to accomplish certain things in the first place. I would encourage y'all to do this too! It will really show you the heart behind your intentions for each resolution. I can remember setting goals in the past like "I want to eat really healthy and go to the gym every day so I can have a good body." There's nothing wrong with that goal, but the intention behind it was probably to impress someone or to be admired for having a good body if I'm being totally honest. Instead of aiming my intentions toward worldly gains, I want them to be more Christ-centered. Even if you're not a Christian, defining the intentions behind each goal is a crucial step to maintaining it. This year as I was reflecting, asking myself the hard questions, and being really honest with myself, I wanted my resolutions to be for the right reasons. My vision for 2018 is that I will grow into better habits, not set a resolution that will taper out in a month (or a week because let's be real, I know me 😏) Sooooo with all that being said here are my 2018 resolutions and goals.
To Persevere and be resilient.
I have a bad habit of giving up when I'm down. I'm also terrible with change. It cripples me and I know I'm not the only one. I get hung up on all the details of uncertainty instead of the joys of a clean slate. I get discouraged and I throw in the towel and tell myself I "can't." This year I will persevere and react differently to discouragement than I used to because I know who and what I'm called to be. One of my biggest "mottos" this year was that laziness produces bad fruit. There has never been a time in my life when anything good came from laziness or apathy and I have to remind myself of this every time I want to give up and do nothing. Nothing great ever comes easy.
To continue to learn.
Constantly learning equals constantly growing. You can learn literally everything from the internet. An entire world full of information is at your fingertips. It's amazing. I am so excited to spend this year learning more about the things that I love. Podcasts have been my jam lately and I feel like every time I dedicate my free time to learning about something more in depth, rather than mindless junk, I feel more productive, less brain-fogged, and more encouraged and motivated! I also just want to learn more about myself and the people around me.
To not be afraid to fail.
We're all so afraid to fail. But, why? I think the idea of failure is actually scarier than the real thing. When you ask yourself what the WORST thing that can happen is if you fail, often times it's not even really that bad. Fear of failure limits us to not even starting in the first place, and I'm not willing to take that chance anymore.
To be a good steward of what the Lord has given me.
This means a lot of things to me. Working out (shout out to Blogilates on Youtube, Cassie you my girl! 😂) and eating healthy, giving thanks and being grateful, or even just keeping my finances in check- this is a huge goal of mine for 2018. I want to be wise and take care of all of the gifts and blessings in my life. Part of Luke 12:48 says: "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." It's a lot like "with great power comes great responsibility, Peter Parker." Lol. In this case, I'm Peter Parker. Being discontent with what you're given and wishing you had more or something else isn't stewarding what you do have, either.
That everything I do and say reflects the Lord's character.
Woooooo, this is a bold statement y'all, but I'm going for it! I know sometimes I will fail at this, but this is who I aim to be and who the Lord calls me to be so this will be at the very top of my list this year! I want Him to be first and foremost. I don't just want to say it because I'm "supposed to" or because I should and then go and sin in the same breath. There is so much joy and freedom in putting Him first and taking the back seat. Our pastor said a quote on Sunday and it has stuck with me: "God will never occupy the second seat of your life." He asked us two questions: 1. Did you put God first this year? 2. What is one thing you can actively do every day to grow closer to the Lord?"
That I can encourage, uplift, and bring all of you joy.
One of my biggest goals is to just get to know all of YOU! The purpose of me even blogging in the first place is so that I can help y'all grow and feel encouraged! And also to show you some cute clothes that make me feel like a babe! Haha, but seriously, I just want to grow more of a community here and grow my blog to be a place where you all feel connected and the freedom to be yourselves!
That my identity would be rooted in the Lord.
Ladies, let's be honest, we ALL struggle with this one. Theres so much pressure to be so many things but this year I pray that we can all just be unapologetically ourselves, to stop trying to fit the "mold" we think we should, to live into who we were made to be, and to remember where our REAL identity is defined.
These are some of my top priorities for 2018. I would love to hear from you all about what your biggest goals and resolutions are for this year and WHY?!