Embracing 2018

Every new year, I try to carve out time to reflect on the previous year, plan for the coming twelve months, and then pray for a word that will hopefully be the banner over that year.  I've kept a pretty good record of past words that have set the tone for their respective years — authenticity, simplicity, unashamed, pursuit, adventure, change, commit, create — but I absolutely dropped the ball in 2017.  While it's true that I was closing out one of the most stressful, busy seasons I'd walked through — having paid off a ton of debt inevitably running on fumes — and I knew that I was going to be gearing up for the season that I now find myself in, I was also distracted from some of the most important things (like Jesus).   The beginning of last year was a little bananas, to say the least.

I'm not sure if it's allowed, but if I could retroactively give 2017 a word, it would be faith.  Just faith.  Because it took a lot of faith to leave my cute Nashville house, quit my full-time job, and move back to my California hometown for a few months in preparation for a multi-month long trip to Europe.  It was all really hard, and yet I now find myself in this season of "in-between."  As I've been thinking and praying about 2018 — imagining all of the things I believe are going to happen this year — one word came to my mind so quickly that I knew it had to be my word for the year: embrace.

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2018 #GOALsheets

While it's more than a little hard to believe that 2017 is about to come to a close – what, with allll that has happened this year, both personally and in the world – the coming of a new year always gets me excited to set some new goals.  From the lists of things that I want to focus on, the goals I want to accomplish, and asking God for a word to help guide me through the year, it can be so fun, but only when it's not too overwhelming or confusing.  I always love to see what kind of products are available for vision casting and goal setting, but I've found that lately some of what's out there is just too intense for me, which was a little discouraging.

And then I remembered that back in 2016, I created something that I called #GOALsheets: a very simple and straightforward packet that helped me to navigate and narrow down my personal goals for the year.  They were a big hit two years ago, so I decided to bring them back again for 2018!

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Change. Commit. Create.

Those are my words for 2016.  In previous years, as I have found myself preparing and planning for the next twelve months, I have always made it a point to pray for a word to help set the tone for that year.  Past words have included: authenticity, simplicity, unashamed, pursuit, and adventure.  Always just one word.  But then this year, I got three.

At first, I was confused, and maybe even slightly frustrated.  It normally took me a while to wrap my head around one word, trying to figure out what it might mean or where it might take me that year.  But three words?  Oh heck no. And yet the more I thought about them, the more and more they made sense.

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2016 GOALsheets

Every new year, I try to carve out some time to prepare and plan for the coming 12 months.  Between lists of things to focus on, goals to try to accomplish, and praying for a word from God to set the tone for the year, it can be overwhelming, and sometimes even a little confusing.  As I was getting ready to have a "goal planning" session with some girls that I mentor, I was on the hunt for something simple and easy to use that also helped me to navigate and narrow down my goals for the year.  After some searching, I ultimately ended up deciding to create my own.  Let me introduce you to #GOALsheets.

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