Friends---hello! And happy 2016! We're officially a week in and I hope the new year has proven to be one of big and little joys for you already.
This time of year gets me humming with excitement---I love the goal setting, the vision casting, the reflecting on the good stuff, the releasing of the not so great stuff, the dreamy big dreams, the fresh new pens and the crisp new planners. Sign me up for all of that, please. The reminders of His new mercies each morning and the promise of what can be done with the smallest mustard seeds of faith are front and center in my heart, and I'm overwhelmed with the realization, again, that anything is possible with God. After a season of go! hustle! pack! ship! travel!, it's a welcoming and warming wave of reassurance, and I'm thankful for it.
This year I took the advice of one of my favorites and started prepping for 2016 about 2.5 weeks before it actually started with my Powersheets Workbook from Lara Casey. Now friends, if you're unfamiliar with Powersheets, the short story is they are amazing. The slightly longer story is that they can help you figure out where you want to go and what steps you can take to get there. I am using the workbook for both personal and business goals, because I consider my work /relationships/ministry/personal development all one thing. So all my crazy ideas go down in the Powersheets!
After taking my sweet time letting 2015 percolate and praying about 2016, the Powersheets encouraged me to choose a word to focus on for the new year. A word that I can call to mind when I'm trying to make decisions to make sure I'm saying YES to the things that matter most. And that word is:
My favorite definition for goodness? The one that gets me fired up?
GOODNESS - the best part of anything; essence; strength.
Yes, I'll take all of that. I want to keep drilling down to the best parts of life. To tap into the good conversations, the meaningful business models, the heart of why I'm here and what I'm doing with my time.
Choosing GOODNESS for me looks like:
- Remembering the GOODNESS of God every day and giving thanks for it.
- Bringing GOODNESS in to the lives of others as a creative business lady, family member and friend
- Sharing the GOOD news as often as I can
- Celebrating the GOODNESS in those around me.
- Choosing the things in life that bring GOODNESS to my relationships. Listening, sharing, giving, investing in others.
- Doing GOOD work in my business---work that glorifies God and allows for a healthy balance of time
- Letting GOODNESS guide my health and well being. Choosing GOOD food, exercise, prayer habits.
Goodness came to me through prayer and after a couple of weeks of reflection, and I'm excited to do life with it as a guiding point this year. Along with my word, the following verse has been sticking to me lately, so I'm going to post it around my home as a reminder of His promise of goodness from my favorite Psalm.
So, let's do this. 2016, I'm sure you'll have your share of surprises and bumps, but I'm also confident that there will be blessings beyond belief as well.
I'm excited to continue sharing my thoughts on 2016 by also posting my new goals, so stay tuned for more in this series. Are you a word-of-the year person? If you have one, I'd love to hear it!