Good morning and happy April, friends! As we’ve just completed the first quarter of 2016, it’s time for my first goal refresh of the year. Yay! Let’s dive right in, shall we?
Back in January, I shared this post detailing my goal setting process and what I was feeling led to do over the next twelve months. At that time, I declared my word for the year, F R E E, and I am happy to say that I have been doing my best every single day to embrace the wild, free, abundant, and good life Jesus calls me to live in His Name, and here’s how …
- I’ve been intentional in drawing closer to God through the Freedom Class, attending / listening to church each week, and working my way through devotionals at the start of every day;
- I’ve been more purposeful with my personal and work time, making room for quality time with the people I love and the things that fire me up;
- I’ve been running consistently, strengthening my body and increasing my endurance, which has made me feel like I’m finally getting back to where I was before injury three years ago;
- I’ve had the opportunity for various adventures (both big and small) in and out-of-state, with the hubby, family, and friends;
- I’ve taken steps to put myself out there more from this platform with the announcement of coaching, supervision, and speaking services, and have stuck to my commitment of writing and sharing new content each week; and
- I’ve been very proactive in engaging in self-care activities (reading, listening to music, using essential oils, stretching, taking a nap, being creative, etc.) to curb anxiety, depression, and avoid burnout.
Overall, it’s been a wonderful start to the year and I have every confidence and hope that the coming months will only continue to be amazing as the days get longer and the sun shines bright and I can be outside to enjoy the fresh air and take in time both at home and at the lake.
So, as I was working through the spring goal refresh section of my PowerSheets recently, the word “renewal” came to mind (defined by Merriam-Webster as “being made new, fresh, or strong again”) and I feel that this theme perfectly captures the focus of my refreshed goals as I continue to journey toward freedom in this season. Although not much different from what I shared at the start of 2016, here are my “renewed goals” as of today …
- Say YES to God and all that He has for my life. Embrace the unique adventure my life is meant to be in Him. Walk with Jesus. Look to Him, listen to His voice and follow Him, each and every day.
- Continue to keep the spark alive and experience revival and passion in our marriage. Be intentional in spending time together and connecting on all levels. Pray for each other and over our marriage, home, and other shared spaces. Continue to explore and have adventures together.
- Make room and time for our people. Spend regular, quality time and keep in touch with family and friends. Celebrate loved ones. Pray for and encourage them. And be a light and force for good in the lives of those I have connections with.
- Live within my Original Design. Accept how God has made me and the gifts / blessings / talents / opportunities He’s given to me. Live authentic and true to myself and the calling He has on my life. Don’t put on what is not mine to put on. And do more of what fires me up and keeps me living in His presence.
- Have my platforms and places be glorifying to Him. To be a light and truth-teller in all of my places. To serve others well with my gifts, education, skills, and talents. To be a reflection of God’s love and grace to the world around me.
- Surround myself with beauty, goodness, inspiration, and truth. Spend time outside. Keep writing. Read good books. Take and post pictures. Go and explore new places. Listen to good music. Watch uplifting and inspiring movies. Drink coffee. Go out for a smoothie. Diffuse oils. Plant flowers. Walk by the water. Run through the countryside. Continue bible journaling and working my way through my adult coloring book. Be in the Word. Spend time with my best girls. Burn a candle. Pick up a bouquet of fresh flowers for home. It’s the simple things.
- Cultivate health and well-being, inside and out, head-to-toe. Breathe. Run. Rest. Pray. Meditate on God’s truth and goodness. Practice balance and self-care. Drink plenty of water. Eat well. Stretch. Get fresh air and plenty of Vitamin D. Walk in the opposite spirit of anxiety and depression. Take breaks and naps. Disconnect from social media when needed. Practice gratitude.
- Live simply. Simply live. Cut out of my life of whatever is not serving me well. Have healthy boundaries in all areas. Create whitespace in the schedule for spontaneity. Let go of perfectionism and control. Be intentional with resources and time.
- Go and see places. Continue to travel and explore and be a tourist, in and outside of my own town. Abandon the normal routine and make time for adventure and fun. Take pics and journal / write about these experiences.
- Get after the GOOD life because I serve a GOOD God. Let my life be about Him and the GOOD story He’s writing.
Here’s to the coming season and all God has in store in these days ahead! Have a blessed start to the month, friends!
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