Morning loves! Starting 2014 has us all thinking about our resolutions for the new year, setting goals of all the things we want to accomplish. Myself included- I'm going to share them with you below. I do have a small list of goals I want to complete this year, but really I just want to be happy.
Now, don't take that the wrong way. I LOVE doing things for other people, this has nothing to do with that. I'm not saying do things only for you and forget others, no way. Doing for others, compassion and displaying our love for Jesus is something I love and want to do daily, that's a whole other post. I just mean think of 1 or 2 things that make YOU happy and work to make them happen! Little things that you can do in your day to day life. Carve out that time and take it.
Also, this may mean that you have to start saying no to some things. And guess what, that's ok! I read this post recently and I have to say I agree. You do not have to say yes to everything or everyone, there are no rules and this is your life. Do what you want to do... If you're saying yes to someone simply because you feel guilty even though it may take time away from things you love, you should probably say no.
Here are a few little things that genuinely make me happy- Reading my devotional each morning, working out, watching my guilty pleasure shows at the end of a long day (Real Housewives), having alone time with my husband, a bubble bath, makeup shopping, concerts, time with friends, a long hot shower, blogging.
Now I realize I do not have kids, so it's easier for me to do these things than it might be for others. I am a firm believer though that once you have kids, that doesn't mean mommy and daddy need to be neglected. Think about it, if you aren't happy are you being the best parent you can be to your children? Probably not. Am I saying lock your kids in a closet and do what makes YOU happy, heck no! I'm saying just make a little time for you you though, you need it.
Now, onto some of my goals for this year-
-Read 5 books (I am not a reader)
-Buy a camera and take a photography class (Already bought the camera, now I just need to sign up for the class)
-Run 2 5k's this year (I've never ran one; I'm now signed up for The Color Run and Warrior Dash)
-Go on a hike/nature trail somewhere near Oklahoma with Dustin
-Visit The Pink Pistol
Also- Our pastor is doing a sermon right now called Small Things Big Difference. He is teaching on how small changes in your day to day life or thoughts can make huge impacts on you and even others in your life. So far, he has suggested to pick a word, verse and thought focus to focus on this year. You will find what you are looking for when you really focus your thoughts on it. I wanted to share what I have decided to focus on for 2014.
Seek is my word.
"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with your whole heart" Jeremiah 29:13 is my verse. This verse has been very special to me for about a year and a half now.
"Lord, help me seek you" is my thought focus for this year. Well more than this year, but I'm really focusing on it right now.
Feel free to join in on this if you feel you want to pick something to direct your 2014 towards.
I'm looking forward to 2014, for multiple reasons. I believe we are going to watch my baby brother make a complete healing!
What is a 2014 goal of yours?