new year

Visions for 2018

 
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I love the fresh start of the new year, casting vision for what it will become, writing out big dreams and goals and praying circles around them, waiting with an expectant and hopeful heart for what the Lord will do. Each year I pray for a word to drive my steps, and this year I was given two... obedience + redemption. Through walking in obedience and relinquishing my desire to control, the Lord will begin to write our redemption story. Redemption from financial burdens, from a season of waiting towards a dream the Lord placed into our hearts. Because we have been obedient and will continue to walk in obedience, He will bring us redemption. It is a beautiful promise.

We have words for our family, our marriage, areas where we need growth, areas of vulnerability. We wrote down practical steps towards achieving our goals, which follows with our theme of obedience. To whom much is given, much is required. And while I'd love to sit on the couch and watch Friends after the littlest goes to bed, the Lord is calling me to more action, more work and a solid day of rest on the Sabbath. Sundays will become church, family meals, outdoor play, trips to the park, resting at home. No work, no technology, no meal prepping, just resting in our blessings and focusing on what the Lord has given us.

 
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Since our family word is presence, Friday nights are family night. Maybe we watch a movie, build a bonfire, go on a short hike or simply take a walk around the neighborhood and have dinner outside, but whatever we do it will be intentional, and we will be fully present. 

We are also focusing hard on some financial goals and using YNAB as a budgeting tool. We've used others in the past, but always go back to this one. There is a slight learning curve, but I really like the accountability of having to enter every transaction into the budgeting software! Our big dream is to have zero debt and pay cash for our next home, and we are making small changes that will result in big overall differences.

We have personal goals, financial and savings goals, marriage goals and God-sized dreams, and I cannot wait to see what unfolds in the months to come. I believe that I have a spot at the table of abundance, that I am a daughter of the Most High King, and that He wants to bless me mightily so that He might be glorified. I pray that you believe those things about yourself too.

Wishing light + love to you and yours this New Year!

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One word. One sentence. One year.

A few months ago I listened to this sermon series and really started to do some honest soul searching. Sometimes it is easy to ignore the darkest corners of our hearts, but I found that mine were hindering me from truly experience the joy of being a wife and mama. And while I am still growing, learning and sifting out the myriad of self-focused thoughts, I know that I want this year to be a year of love.

The author of this series challenges you to pray for one word that will define your year, then one sentence that will focus your goals and actions throughout the year. My word? LOVE. And inspired by these sweet women, my sentence...

The unyielding, sacrificial love of a wife and a mother writes the beautiful story of God's amazing grace. 

It's not easy being a mom, whether you stay at home, work from home or work outside the home. The challenges, the exhaustion, the sacrifice is always difficult. But it is beautiful. I think of my own mother and the things that she gave up in order to pour herself into me and my siblings, and I can only pray and hope to be able to give that much of myself for my husband and children. 

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It is a daily struggle, a daily dying to oneself for the benefit of those you love. A practice of letting go of control and accepting your life just as your Father in heaven gives it to you, one day at a time. But here's to a life defined by great love. Love that starts in our thoughts, then overflows into our actions, a love that seeps from our innermost beings to touch all those around us. A love that only our Creator can give.

2015

Happy New Year!

It is amazing to think that just like that another year is upon us.  2014 was a year of huge growth and new experiences, becoming a mama being at the very top of the list. It has been a difficult but oh so wonderful journey. Everyday we spend as parents is such a gift, and I look forward to all the moments that this new year will bring.

I also love the excitement that comes with the start of a new year - the planning and dreaming, the clean slate and possibilities. We met the new year with an early morning fire, a cup of coffee and a conversation of our hopes and goals for the year. We talked about parenting, our health, spiritual wellness, nutrition and our careers. We wrote our individual goals out, from the smallest daily change to the biggest year-long dream. Writing down goals key for me, and the tangible accountability helps keep me inspired and working towards achievement.

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Here are some of the things that I will be focusing on in 2015:

+ Daily meditation (more on that soon!)

+ More water, less coffee. In fact, I am giving up coffee for a few weeks and drinking this amazing tea instead.

+ The 52 Project: a picture of my son once a week for the entire year

+ At least 10 minutes of mobility work and/or foam rolling at least five days of the week

+ Yoga once a week (or more!)

+ Start the year with a focus on health and wellness: I am doing a health challenge with my essential oil community to jump start our healthy year. We are focusing on whole foods, exercise and using oils to promote wellness starting Monday. Join us

+ Travel: anywhere and everywhere, whenever we can, as much as we can

+ Share my knowledge of holistic healing and essential oils as much as possible so that I can truly help people live a life of wellness and wholeness

My word for the year when it comes to health and wellness is THRIVE. We have been eating a whole-food nutrient dense diet for a long time now, so we live a life of health, but I want us to really thrive. To move beyond just being healthy and really experience all that this life and our beautifully created bodies have to offer.

Here's to a healthy, whole, happy new year filled with love, wellness and the ability to thrive.