Well, the new year has come. We've made it to January 4th and I'm here to report epic success on crushing goals...for my kids.
Not for me. I'm more gently pressing.
I told the kids all about the Read Aloud Revival 31 Day Challenge and they were in with absolutely no convincing. So every day since January 1st they have popped right up and grabbed their books. In fact, the challenge even inspired them to clean out their bookshelves.
That in itself is enough to make me believe in miracles.
Me, on the other hand? I can't be the only one who thinks a day when you have not slept and real life comes crashing back at you after the holidays is a bad day to turn over a new leaf. Right? RIGHT?!?!
So I'm gently pressing.
I'm making a little headway here and there. One slow layer at a time.
So what specifically am I working on this year?
#1 Intimacy with Jesus. This last year just felt so dry to me. We were in a season of church upheaval and it was so hard on our hearts. I'm ready to get deeply connected again.
#2 Making our home a haven. It's probably not a shocker that life is nuts around here. But I've noticed it can be easier to bark and order then to carve a path, and quicker to shout than to walk. No more. I want to pull the crazy down a few notches and make my home a safe haven for both the people who live here and the people who visit.
#3 Connect with the kids. Again, we've lived in survival mode for so long that I was surprised to look up and see that it's not always so hard anymore. We have margin to do fun things together, go places that would have been soul crushing had we tried it a few years ago, and even some space to have one on one time.
#4 Healthy body habits. Duh. Of course. But mostly I mean this in a whole health way. Am I eating for energy? Have I been outside? Do I have a good sleep schedule. We may have more margin to connect, but I have no margin to be running low on energy.
#5 Blog with honesty. Honestly? (See what I did there?) I miss just chatting in this space. Sharing the bits and pieces of my life. (Like my goals.) It's less about if anyone cares and more about how much it means to me. Get it?
#6 Hospitality. I just want to make more room for people. Starting with my little people, but also just in general. I want to learn to invite and embrace with a warm and open heart.
#7 Lead and Teach with Love. Russ and I have a new ministry gig (more on that later) and I want to commit myself to letting love be my motivator. Love for Jesus first and foremost and love for those He has put in my care.
I used Power Sheets again this year, because I want to do life on purpose and I find they give me such a broad perspective in bite size bits. Heaven knows I need help with both perspective and practical these days.
So what about you? Are you a goal crusher? A gentle presser? Or are you having none of that non-sense?