Every year, I contemplate whether or not I want to set new year resolutions for myself. I say this because I have yet to set a resolution that I’ve kept. Kinda of sad, right?
I don’t think I am alone though.
This year, I decided that I would take a different approach. I realized that I was failing at my resolutions because they were focused on earthly benchmarks, not heavenly benchmarks. I was seeking to meet standards of “fit” or “skinny” set by the media. I was influenced to “eat healthy” not to improve my health, but to follow the latest fad or fit into the jeans everyone around me was wearing.
I wanted 2018 to be the year that I would stop making goals that were virtually unattainable and instead establish a plan for how I wanted to live out the year in a way that would benefit my family, empower myself, and be pleasing to God.
My plan–to focus on being purposeful, powerful, present, and passionate.
While they may simply look like four “P” words, they embody so much more.
Being purposeful means to evaluate what activities, items, and purchases are important to me, add value to my life, and help me to advance the Kingdom of God.
Every time I make a purchase, I consider whether or not it will add meaning or value to my life. For me, this has meant waiting to make purchases. It has also meant going through closets and storage areas to determine which items I couldn’t live without and items that I could.
Not participating in activities for the sake of filing my calendar, but being purposeful in what I choose to do with my time and my families time.
I have also found my Amazon wishlist to be extremely helpful. I add stuff that I like, want, or feel that I need and wait a while to make a purchase. Often times, after returning to the list later, I realize that certain items are not all that necessary and therefore, I second guess making the purchase.
If you want to learn more tips on how to adopted a purposeful mindset, head over to my Must Read Books post. I’ve linked a couple of my favorite books about living minimally including Emily Ley’s A Simplified Life and Will Jr. Davis’ Enough.
For me, being powerful means focusing on becoming emotionally, physically, and mentally stronger by investing in myself. Sometimes it’s a $2 facial and other times it’s a yoga class at my nearby studio. I’ve also loved reading through Pressing Pause: 100 Quiet Moments for Mom to Meet with Jesus by Karen Ehman and Ruth Sahwenk, a devotional for moms with young children, to remain rooted in the Gospel.
It’s important to invest in ourselves so we can invest in others. We cannot truly love others without first loving ourselves. All of ourselves (yes, the stretch marks too!)
Being present has been perhaps the most rewarding. I continuously try to focus on being present with my kids, my husband, and those whom I interact with. That means leaving my phone on the charger, talking a little longer, and relishing in the joy that deep, meaningful conversation bring about.
Lastly, I’m focusing on becoming even more passionate about Christ. Devoting myself to bible studies, meeting with other believers, and worshiping in my car, my home, and in front of my kids. He is my cornerstone and I want him to remain the most important thing in my life.
I challenge you. How do you want to live out the rest of this year? What do you want to prioritize? It’s not too late. Comment below what changes you want to make to live the rest of this year with purpose.
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