2016 was a year of learning new things. Mostly learning new things about myself.
Learning that I like some things I thought I didn’t: coffee, local politics, animal print shoes, reading the Bible, running, purple grapes, occasionally wearing yoga pants.
Learning that I don’t like some things I thought I did: being busy, Twitter, infinity scarves, living near shopping and restaurants, most music written after the 1970s.
Learning — or really just solidifying — what’s important to me.
2017 will be a year of living intentionally.
I’ve noticed a pattern in my life. When I make poor choices (usually small ones, but poor nonetheless), 99% of the time it’s because I was operating on autopilot and not thinking carefully about my actions or words.
I’ve also noticed a consistent call in my Bible study to “be self-controlled.” 1 Peter goes on and on about it.
“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.” 1 Peter 1:13-14
“Therefore be clear-minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.” 1 Peter 4:7
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
It’s like, OK, God, I get it, JEEZ.
I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions. I’ve set a “word of the year” a few times and enjoyed that experience, but this year I’m taking it a step further.
My brother-in-law got me the Powersheets Intentional Goal Planner for Christmas, and I have absolutely loved using its goal-setting questions to brainstorm, doodle, answer prompts, and figure out exactly what matters to me and how I can pursue it next year.
My goals for 2017 are:
- Earnestly seek the Lord because he created me for more than coasting through life.
- Be a cheerful, selfless, supportive wifey because two are stronger than one.
- Work hard and well because my team worked hard to hire me and good work is hard work.
- Cultivate cheer, optimism, and confidence because there is so much good in this world to get bogged down in bad attitudes.
- Live healthy because the Bible says our bodies are temples and I only get one.
- Spend with intention and be content with less because memories are greater than things.
- Live in the moment and soak it all in because time is precious and I don’t want this year — the year I turn a quarter-century old — to fly by before I’ve even noticed it.
2017 means more family time, more prayer, more creating, more sweating, more reading, more connecting, more giving, more resting.
It means less Internet, less criticism, less hurtling through the day on one hand, less laziness on the other, less selfishness, less worrying.
It means living on purpose and living with purpose.
2016, it’s been real. 2017, Let’s do this.
Note: This post is not sponsored. I just really enjoyed the planner and wanted to share the process!