How has your year been so far? Normally at the end of each year, I do a post reflecting on that past year and what my word is for the next year. Unfortunately, that did not happen in time due to life, so I am doing it now. As a summary, in 2018, my word was intentional, and in 2019 my word was growth. What’s the point of having a word for the year? Well, instead of having a bunch of random goals or resolutions, having a word helps you to focus on a theme in your life and orient your goals towards it.
So like I said, in 2019, my word was ‘grow/growth.’ And boy was there a lot of growth last year. The most noticeable growth in my life was in my thinking and in my relationships. I had not realized all of the insecurities and fears that prevented me from stepping out of my comfort zone. It was amazing to see how a change in my perspective could affect the outcome of different situations and thought patterns. Having a new perspective is definitely something I will be continuing into 2020. The other noticeable growth in my life was with relationships. Long story short, I have always been an introvert and felt that people only tolerated me (which was a lie). However, last year as I was getting rid of those thoughts, I started opening up more. I was able to make new friends and maintain the friendships I already made through my church, small group, work, and from my past.
With all of that said, here are some of my highlights from 2019.
For 2020, my word is ‘faith.’ I’m very much a planner at heart. Don’t believe me? I purchased tickets for my birthday last year, four months in advance. I bought professional football tickets six months ahead of the game. I play no games when it comes to planning. However, in planning everything out, I leave no room for God to move in my life. Having an outline of my life, allows God to fill in the details; it also allows me to have more faith in Him, especially when things don’t seem to go my way. Some of my goals for this year are the same as in previous years, but some things just take time.
- To pay off the rest of my student loan ($20k)
- To start saving for a house
- To create and maintain relationships
- To meet my Boaz
- To discern the voice of God
- To increase my faith
- To believe God’s truth over lies
- To receive freedom from fear, rejection, insecurities, and anxiety
- To prioritize self-care
- To live fully alive (aka not scared)
- To travel more
- To change careers
I would love to hear about how last year went and what your goals are for this year. Comment below.
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