Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2015: A year of Growth

At the beginning of 2014, instead of writing a post about New Year's resolutions, I wrote some un-resolutions. The post itself was pretty successful, and (in my opinion) I was pretty successful with keeping my un-resolutions. I didn't put pressure on myself to accomplish things I couldn't and I didn't set many "specific" goals, but it was still a way to hold myself accountable for a few things - things that would improve my general happiness. 

This year, again instead of resolutions, I decided to do something a little different. I've seen many people (bloggers and non-bloggers) come up with a word, phrase, or mantra to focus on for the year of 2015. I thought it would be a good idea to have one for myself. The easy part was deciding to have one - the hard part was actually CHOOSING my phrase. 

After lots and lots (read:several days) of thought and deliberation I finally decided: 2015 would be a year of growth.

I'm also participating in Pen & Peplum's hand lettering challenge - there's a new prompt for every week. Check it out on her Instagram!

The year 2014 didn't have a word/phrase assigned to it, but if it would have, it would be "chaotic" because there was so much going on. Moving, engagement, marriage, moving again... it was exhausting. Even though it was exhausting, it was still exhilarating, still fun, and I didn't want my life to suddenly become un-fun and boring... maybe I just want the pace to slow down a little. I still want to keep moving, keep growing. 

In 2015, I want to grow financially. Derek and I already have a nice little nest egg (that decreased slightly when I bought my car) and we want to continue adding to it. We want to save enough to make a hefty down payment on our dream house. Sadly we didn't get our dream house last year, even though that was our original plan. Sure, there were houses to buy, but they weren't places we could exactly call "home". Now that we've got an excellent (temporary) solution, we're working on really growing our savings. 

In 2015, I want to grow my family. Whoa, whoa hold your horses. Before anyone jumps to anything - Derek and I aren't planning on kids being in the mix for a good little while. When I got married, I gained a whole bunch of awesome people that I now get to call "family" and my goal in 2015 is to get to know them all better. To laugh with them and share with them. To travel (YAY Maine and British Columbia) and visit and really become part of their family. 

In 2015, I want to grow spiritually. Growing up, I didn't have a strong relationship with God - in fact there were times when I even questioned His existence and the truth of His word. This year, I want to participate in a bible study - whether online, with a group of friends, or with my husband. I want to find a church to call home. This is difficult because Derek and I come from different spiritual backgrounds, and we have different ways of worshipping. I know there is a place for us though, and in 2015 I hope to find it. 

In 2015, I want to grow physically. I think I'm done growing "up" and I sure hope I'm done growing out, but I want to grow my strength. Since I started working out in 2012, I've made progress. I won't say tons of progress, but progress is still progress. (Say progress again). I've gone from not being able to do a single unassisted pull-up to being able to do SIX. In a row! I've gone from not being able to run a mile without thinking I was going to die to COMPLETING two triathlons (with more in my future). This year, I plan to focus on becoming stronger and faster, making (mostly) good choices when it comes to what I put in my body, and pushing myself to my absolute limit. 

What are your plans in 2015?


Caitlin said...

Love all of your goals. So sweet of you to want to get to know your new family and love that you are able to travel with them.

I can only do one pull up and I hope to at least do 2 soon ;)

Ashley @ Second Chances said...

Love this!! This is awesome!! I would say that I am at the same place in most of those areas. Very good insight!

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

Such a great focus for the new year!

Sweet Catastrophe Blog said...

I love this! I decided to create goals for myself instead of resolutions this year. In my eyes goals are positive and enriching whereas resolutions have always felt negative to me. Best of luck to you!

Diane ~ Sweet Catastrophe Blog

Kayla MKOY said...

I absolutely love this little list. Those are all on mine as well. Growing financially, spiritually, physically and loving my family and husband as much as I can!!! Good luck :)

Elizabeth Than said...

That's such a good word! This year I wanna FOCUS on the littlest opportunities and loved ones around me.

Ashley Robyn said...

It's going to be an amazing year for you pretty lady! I have to recommend Jesus Calling. It's a daily devotional and It was life changing for me this past year. I just started it over and am loving it even more the 2nd time around. I love your "goals" and am excited for what 2015 has in store for you!

Aubrey said...

i love the word growth. i like that you broke it down into smaller areas where you want to grow. thanks for linking up!

Corie M said...

Growth is a great word and it encompasses an entire range of things! I hope it's a great year for you.

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