Happy New Year, friends! I’m still in shock that today begins 2016. I love starting fresh and enjoy setting goals as dreams and inspiration begin to surface. I opened my new planner today and began to jot set activities for both our family and Farm Girl.
I spent a lot of time reflecting on 2015 as I saw so much good and some bad. I have many things that I want to improve, continue to do, and eliminate from our life and my business. When I was trying to choose a word for this year one in particular kept popping up in my mind. This year I want to be intentional in every area of my life. My marriage, as a mom, in friendships, my time, prayer life, etc. There were few days in 2015 that we didn’t have something going on and it was too much. In making decisions, big + small, I want them to be my best yes, giving 100% in everything I do. If it’s not, then I must say no as well as learn how to spend my time wisely when I am home.With the new year comes new books and if anyone knows me well enough than you know how big of a book nerd I am. This is on my 101 in 1001 list and so timely for my word of the year. What is yours and how to you plan to implement it in 2016?
I have so many “to-dos”, lists, projects and goals for this year. Here are some of my top 10:
- Live simply and a little slower. Eliminate clutter, find joy in moments, slow down to soak up the little things and get rid of excess in all aspects of life. Less technology, more porch time with friends, more family, more margin, less hurry, less full calendars, more time in the Word, more investment in our health as a family and more time serving.
- Cultivate life-giving purpose in Farm Girl, believing that it is God’s business and not mine, pointing to Him and not me. I want to continue to build my business on a foundation of integrity, relationship, and love. One of my biggest blessings in 2015 was the friendships that formed and bloomed.
- Grow a garden.
- “To be OK with a softer voice on social media and be more prayerful before I share about my motives for sharing.” I saw this one on Val’s blog and it rings true for me. Her words are more beautifully written than mine but are the same in my heart. More from her:”That last thought has been a big point of contention for me recently. Comparison has gripped me. I have been focused on the sales, comments, likes, followers and ultimately how it all compares to others. The reality is, it’s exhausting and discouraging. It doesn’t give me peace or joy. When I have found moments to humble myself and not focus on growing MY own kingdom, peace and joy are there. Can you imagine that being a lifestyle?”Towards the end of 2015 I found myself getting so upset over silly followers, likes, comments, etc. I would feel discouraged that “friends” weren’t shopping my store when I was scraping to get my business running. I wasn’t getting why I couldn’t get a following going or why I carried name brands that everyone bought from but they wouldn’t buy from me because they would rather buy directly from the company. I hurt over this crazy comparison monster a lot, but none of that defines my business. Not the likes, the comments, the followers. It was a learning year but I have to have faith that God is going to carry me and trust that it will happen. I can’t expect or rely on others to help me do that.
- Launch a big project with two of my friends.
- Make concrete financial goals and work towards them.
- Complete our master bedroom and kitchen projects.
- Cosmetic updates on our land. Clean up our place and make it functional.
- Host a summer barbecue at our home this summer.
- Do something fun for our 5 year anniversary.
I pray you all have a wonderful 2016! I have some fun things planned for the blog this year and am excited for you to follow along. Comment below with your big goals.