A New Year: My Goals For 2017

I’m tired.  Exhausted really. I have recently obtained a job working as a nanny for a little boy (months old). Honestly, it’s the most exhausting job I’ve ever had.  My mind is fried after a short four hours, my body is tired, and every day sounds like a great day to take a very long, overdue nap. Due to this fatigue, I’ve neglected to do a lot of things lately.  To be honest, I’ve prayed less, dug into my bible only a handful of times, and haven’t really been seeking a relationship with Jesus.  I haven’t been as helpful around the house, I’ve blogged a grand total of zero times in December, and I’ve been less than an ideal friend.  It’s tough, it’s life, and I’m sure most (if not all) can relate.

With the start of a new year, like most I have Goals for 2017.  I don’t want to call these “new years resolutions” because it always seems that these are the things someone starts and most likely fails.  With my Goals, I’m sure I’ll fail a few times, but I also hope to surprise myself with making small steps in progress towards my bigger dreams.

That being said, I’d like to list a few of my 2017 Goals because by posting them it keeps me somewhat accountable (you, my readers, are now part of my accountability team).

1. Read more of my Bible daily and pursue a deeper relationship with my Creator. 
I’ve neglected to dig into scripture because of so many excuses the last month or two.  I’ve honestly just failed over and over again.  One of my favorite concepts is that God constantly creates beauty from ashes.  He’s continually creating incredible people and testimonies out of the most destructive, heartbreaking moments of our lives.  God is good. I know that when I mess up, and when I neglect time with Him because I’m upset with earthly events, He is patiently waiting for my heart to return home.  God has been so faithful to me, and for that I can only be grateful.  I can only work harder to draw nearer to His plan for my life as a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, and so much more.

2. Exercise more (not enough to kill me, just to keep me healthy.)
I know, the cliché “I’m going to work out this new year”, but THIS is something I really have to focus on this year.  I just need to take care of my body, and I think this will help me from fatiguing so easily after a work day.  Realistically, only good things can come from doing a basic workout every day.  Therefore, I am going to try to work harder on taking care of my body, because I only have one of them.

3. Talk to more strangers, because their stories matter.
Moving to a new town really has its advantages and disadvantages. One advantage is that no one knows you. A disadvantage is that you don’t know anyone.  Coming from a small town, where everyone knows your business before you do, can really make you appreciate the privacy that comes with moving.  However, there are so many days where I wish I could just see someone I know.  There’s a solution to that: talk to strangers.  It’s so simple yet no one is willing to do it, it’s so easy to find connections with people and join churches and groups that bring people together who have things in common.  It’s time I start stepping out of my comfort zone, and get to know people I wouldn’t normally know.

I hope you’re encouraged by my honesty.  I hope you set Goals for yourself for this new year.  If you need an accountability partner feel free to contact me!  Whatever objectives you’re aiming for this year, turn them into more than just a “new years resolution” but your 2017 Goals.

Allie (2)



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