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    New Year, New Goals, New Word

    Each year, like many, I chose a word to focus on that will help me grow. Grow spiritually, mentally, and so on. I pray about it before I choose it and sometimes I’ve even had a verse that accompanied it. This year came about a little differently. As I was praying, I kept “hearing” the same word. I kept thinking, “Yeah ok, but let’s think of some other words. That one is weird.” I’m sure God laughed a little at that and then kept giving me only the one word, one little word. SAVOR.

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    Welcoming the New Year

    It’s 2018!  Here’s to a good few months of everyone totally forgetting to write 8 instead of 7 when they have to write the date.  Happens to me every year.

    I’m sure I’m not the only person out there that loves the newness of January first.  It’s like you get a reset button on just about everything.  Also, this particular day is a new year, month, and week all rolled into one which makes me and my fellow OCDers super stoked.  I’m so excited about this new year and, just like most people, I have a good amount of goals I’d like to achieve.  I’ve looked at the different “categories” of my life and set my goals according to what I feel like I’ve lacked this past year (which is why one of my focus words is patience), what I’d like to accomplish moving forward, and so on.  There’s something both freeing and anxiety inducing about sharing your goals publicly.  It’s that big A word….accountability.  But it’s a good thing and I want it, so here goes:


    • read 20 books
    • make (and stick to) a cleaning schedule
    • eat more veggies
    • drink more water
    • learn to use my sewing machine
    • practice patience


    • more outside time
    • more hands on time


    • more blog posts
    • start to write a book (something on my life goal list)
    • actually read all those Pinterest posts about blog tips and implement them
    • ditto for photography
    • devote more time to promoting the shop


    • focus on prayer
    • daily quiet time in the Word

    I’m sure there are a ton more tiny goals I have that will pop up as the year goes on but what these broad goals boil down to is more intentional time.  I have to find a balance, as we all do, between all of the things that need my attention.  I plan to really make some strides in bettering my daily quality of life.  Striving for less stress here!  And I think this is a very achievable goal.  This brings me to my focus words for the year, prayer and patience.

    A few days before the new year I prayed about what God wanted me to focus on for 2018.   I prayed that God would lead me to a verse that would speak truth into my life and help me be a better wife, mother, and all around better person.  I started thinking about the words prayer and patience.  Let’s be real, as a mother, my daily (hourly, minutely, secondly) prayer is for patience.  But I think that God wants me to focus on long term patience as well.  To be patient and joyful in the waiting periods of my life.  So, I looked up verses that had to do with both of those things and was led to Romans 12:12.  “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

    And that’s where I am on this first day of 2018.  I plan to live day by day while still planning and looking to the future (Seems counter productive doesn’t it?  But it makes sense to me!).  Happy new year and may God bless you and yours!

    What are some goals you’re setting for yourself this year?




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    Recharge, Renew, Refresh!

    It’s New Year’s Eve!  I really do feel like 2015 just started.  It’s so weird how the older you get, the faster the years seem to go.  I can remember being about 10 or 11 and feeling like growing up was so far away and would never get here.  And I suppose, since I’m 5’1″, growing “up” never did come in a sense. Ha!  But I’m looking forward to what this new year has to bring.  I love that new feeling that January first brings.  That start over point for anything you let fall the year before or just a time to begin something totally new.    I even got a new planner (mainly because my old one was falling apart) for a fresh new start!  Blank pages full of possibility.

    Starting last year, I decided that I wouldn’t make resolutions anymore since they tend to have a negative connotation these days.  No one seems to keep resolutions and no one really expects you to either.  That’s not encouraging whatsoever!  So I started making general goals.  Not as a way to cop out of having to keep a resolution but as a way to set realistic expectations for myself.

    Here are a few of my goals for the new year:

    1. Read at least one book a month – With two kids, it’s hard enough to read just one book.  When I lay down sometimes, I just want to veg out and watch TV.  I want to broaden my horizons and spend less time with the tube.

    2.  Be more conscious of my eating – People who know me probably think this is ridiculous.  I’m pretty health conscious as it is, I don’t eat a ton of bad food.  But I don’t even enough vegetables and every now and then I’ve been prone to late night binging.  I want to cook a little more and snack a little less.

    3.  Drink more water – Silly to have as a goal?  Maybe.  And I suppose it could be rolled into the last one but I want to make a conscious effort to hydrate more.  I’m so bad about it!  Even with a very physical job as a dance teacher, I don’t drink nearly enough water.  So, with all that in mind, it gets it’s own number.

    4.  Plan ahead – This has more to do with this little blogging space of mine than other areas.  I was getting really good about it for awhile and then I had RC and things kind of fell off the wagon.  Understandable, I know.  But now that we’ve gotten through the adjustment phase and he’s sleeping through the night (I’m afraid to type that…knock on wood!) I can get myself back in a new routine.

    5.  Purge the house – I’m decluttering every space in this house if it kills me!

    6.  Pray more – We recently had a sermon at church about being intentional.  Intentionally finding ways to make others’ lives better, to add value.  I want to intentionally pray more, to make it more of an on going conversation with God rather than just once or twice a day or when something big, good or bad, happens in my day.

    7. Learn to sew one or two new things – I got a FABULOUS sewing/quilting/embroidering machine for Christmas.  I plan to use is as much as possible!

    I’m sure I’ll come up with a few more before midnight, but these are the ones that have been on my mind and I really want to change/do in the new year.

    How about you?  What are some of your goals for 2016?
    XO, Kelly

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    So Long, Farwell…..2013!

    Like most people in the world, I’m quite shocked at how fast this year came to an end.  But at the same time, I’m excited for the new one to start.  So many new things will be happening and other wonderful things will continue.  
    Remember this?
    I’m excited for…
    * Moving into our new home
    * Mr. G’s 2nd birthday/party
    * Working on my recital dances for work
    * All of the fun BIG projects I’ll be able to do 
    since I will have more space!
    My goals for 2014: 
    More of these…
    * drinking water
    * devotional time
    * play dates
    * gym time
    Less of these…
    * negative talk 
    (whether about myself or anything else)
    * bad language…a big vice of mine
    * worrying about things I can’t change
    What are you excited for in the new year?
    XO, Kelly