Welcome back to the blog and (if you haven’t heard it enough already) Happy New Year to you!
2019 flew by like we knew it would. I took the time to learn and grow into who I’m becoming. I’ve become a little more careful,a bit more grounded and I’m grateful for that. (Still don’t know how to go to bed on time but that’s a different story!)
Going into 2020, I just had this feeling of confidence and ease come. It was different from any other year before. I believe it’s the case because year after year, I struggled with who I was and where my life was going. This year, I feel more confident in myself and the path God has me on. It is one of the best feelings I’ve had in a long time. Though there are still things uncertain, like whether or not I’ll enroll in graduate school this year (tried to do that in 2019), I still feel a level of security that will carry me on throughout 2020 (and life).
This leads me to my word for the year – MATURE with a dose of COMMITMENT.
When I first started thinking of a word for the year, I came up with things like intentional and grace. But then, I felt like I needed something more concrete like WORK, evolve or FINISH. I knew my past patterns. I had a habit of starting things I didn’t always finish so I wanted something that reflected my commitment to getting things completed this year. Then, I settled on fulfilled – satisfied or happy because of fully developing one’s abilities or character; to execute, accomplish, perform, satisfy.
As I mulled over that for a few days, I couldn’t get over the “fully developed” aspect, which lead me to mature.
Mature means fully developed; having reached an advanced stage of development; careful, thorough, grow, evolve, bloom, blossom, flourish, thrive; having reached a final or desired state.
THAT’S what I wanted for my life. I wanted to mature in wisdom, in how I handle others, in how I complete work, and how I think. I wanted 2020 to be the year that I experienced significant growth, advance, become more careful and seasoned in my speech and my money. I want to grow, evolve, bloom and come to a desired state in my life personally and professionally.
It’s not enough just to recognize the things you see that you do wrong. It’s another thing to create habits in your life that combat those less than desired behaviors. And so, I created these goals with maturity in mind:
- Get in my secret place (Psalms 91:1)
Last year’s spiritual theme was focused on “seek ye first.” I wanted to seek more of the kingdom of God for answers first! This year, I want to go deeper in my connection with God through prayer, fasting and worship – getting back to my first love in the way that I found Him.
- Fulfill the vision of Clarity & Strength
This blog is more than just a blog. When something weighs on your heart, it’s best to get it out and not let it stay there. Those types of things aren’t meant for you to just hold inside for yourself – they’re meant to be shared with others. Soooooo, I’ll be sharing and expanding Clarity & Strength according to the vision given to me to the best of my ability at a pace that’s right for me. Will it be perfect? I’m sure not. But that’s not my concern. I want to provide the most value to people that I can in a way that only I can do it. And so I will with grace.
- Prioritize rest and fun so I can work refreshed
I have been such a Debbie Downer in 2018 – 2019! What did I do? Where did I go? What fun did I have? What relaxation did I experience?!?! This year, that’s changing. I want to allow myself the time to recharge and do things that ease my mind without feeling like I have to do them WITH other people. I find that when I’ve experienced time for relaxation and I’m physically RESTED, I’m a much happier person with a lot less mood swings.This is the year I take control of that and am confident enough to do it whether it’s in a group or alone.
- Save with intention and carry out a “no-buy” year
I think I’ve went into detail several times about my many hiccups with money, my ability to save and give, and then not have anything left to give or to accomplish the goals I set for myself. This year, I’m relinquishing my need to buy people (and myself) things. I’m releasing the guilt and I’m saving every penny I can. I have in my heart to take two trips this year. I don’t want to be gripping my purse to do those. I have in my heart to throw a 60th birthday party for my mom this year. I don’t want to be frustrated during that process. I want to live in financial freedom regardless of the debts I still owe. Being more intentional about saving and truthful about my financial condition will help me do that and gain the financial independence that’s on my heart.
- Work heartily as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23-24)
Last year, I found myself doing the bare minimum concerning work in both my personal and professional life at times. Nevertheless, I told myself that just wasn’t going to cut it any more. I have to work as if I’m working unto the Lord, because I am. I have to work as if I’m working for the pay I desire. I need to show up more and provide value to my coworkers and this world. I’m committing myself each week to showing up as a great employee during the day and then show up after work as a great CEO of my life.
- Establish better habits and systems.
This goal seems small to some but is particularly important because “you don’t rise to the level of your goals, you fall to the level of your systems.” – James Clear
Setting goals are real cute friend. But it means nothing if you don’t implement systems in your DAILY and weekly life that move that needle forward. For every goal I’ve shared with you today, I’ve also written down daily, weekly and monthly habits I could use to gradually help me progress in each area.
These goals aren’t the end all – be all to this thing. I also want to look into getting into a graduate degree program and lose 30 pounds before my 30th birthday (I’m currently 5’2” and 172 lbs. Not the greatest proportions lol). More than anything, these six goals are the PRIORITY for 2020. As I worked through getting to know myself in 2019, God dropped nuggets into my heart about each of these areas in my life and how I need to pour into myself more. I know that by doing this, family will be understanding and supportive, friends will be understanding and supportive and anyone who doesn’t doesn’t really matter.
Each month, I’ll use my powersheets to track intentional habits and smaller goals along the way that help me progress and mature in these areas of my life.
I don’t know about you but I’m excited about this year! Anxiety level is at an all time low, thanks be unto God! My hope is to keep it that way and not let life handle me, but I get a handle on my life.
In the comments below, let me know if any of my goals resonated with you.
What is one of your goals for 2020? I’d love to be your accountability partner in this year of evolving and growing!
All my Love,