The approaching of a new year means new beginnings and new goals. I have the amazing ability of getting stuck in a rut and judging myself harshly for it, so January 1 is like my grace and hope filled reset button.
I didn’t complete every single goal I set out to accomplish in 2019. But I did complete a good number of them. And for the ones I didn’t complete, I’m definitely much farther along from a year ago. I’d rather set a goal and have progress than not set a goal and not move forward! To help me make progress this past year, I tried out Powersheets from Cultivate What Matters. It’s a tool that helps you articulate and track your goals. I loved it so much I’m using them again this year.
My Goals for 2020
1. Cultivate a prophetic ear + a rule of life.
This is what everything else in my life will flow from.
(If you’re wondering what a rule of life is, it’s simply a plan for spiritual disciplines within daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly rhythms. If you want to know more about a rule of life, you can learn more about it in Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, by Peter Scazzero and Sacred Rhythms, by Ruth Haley Barton.)
2. Love my people and the people in my circle of influence well.
This means meals, coffee dates, hospitality, and life in the mundane.
3. Save, spend, and give money meaningfully.
Track my spending and create a budget!
Buy no more than 10 clothing/shoe/jewelry items…the whole year.
4. Send my book proposal to a literary agent (or 20).
This means I have to finish writing my book proposal!
5. One fun thing every month.
What is fun? Nothing that involves striving or productivity, and not something I do every/most weeks.
This is a goal I’m bringing back from last year because it was so life giving and I want to keep growing in this area. (And the fact that I have to make fun a goal in order to do it lets me know I still have a lot of growing to do!)
7. Project Dream Room: make our home library beautiful.
This is another goal I’m bringing back from last year. I made some baby steps, but our home library still looks like a disaster.
8. Love my body.
Take care of it. Nourish it. Make it strong. Be grateful for it.
It’s a great practice to have positive goals where we want to accomplish things or make changes in our lives, but we can’t do that if we’re just adding more and more things to our to-do lists. There comes a point where we can’t add anymore. We have to say “no” to things so we can say “yes” to the things that matter most.
So here are a couple of my Un-Goals for 2020:
1. Read less books and read slower. (My Goodreads goal: 5 books) Don’t read out of obligation or self-imposed pressure. Don’t let books clutter my mind.
2. No buying any bags or pouches. I’m obsessed with bags and bags I can put in bags! I have enough. So unless someone breaks in our house and steals every bag and pouch I own, I’m not buying another one for at least a year.
When I get to the end of 2020, I don’t want to be full of guilt and regret. I want to know I lived the abundant life God ordered for me.
So let’s do this! Let’s enter this new year (and decade!) with expectation, intention, and a whole lot of grace!