From 2015 into 2016: Looking Forward (Part 3)

In moving forward throughout this series, I've looked back at what goals I set for 2015. I have to say I was originally a bit disappointed because it didn't look like I had accomplished as many as I would have hoped. My love for check lists is pretty well known among my friends and my staff, so the lack of strike throughs was disheartening. But a LOT of my 2015 goals were overly ambitious, and others are simply never going to be complete; instead, they'll be ongoing projects for as long as I decide to focus on them. My hope is that as I continue to reflect and think about the coming year I'll be able to choose goals that are a bit more attainable. 

Anyway, here's part 3 of Lara's goal setting process, and what I came up with!

  • Step 7: For me, I’m super visual, so I read through the steps that I have scrawled out in my chicken scratch and and circled and illustrated everything with my colorful pens. I have to say, it really helped me bring these steps to life.
  • Step 8: What am I saying YES to this year? Taking risks; adventures; more spontaneity; making decisions; being comfortable in my own skin; community; trying new things; Jesus, prayer, the word and church; asking God and seeking His advice; HOPE; occasionally putting me first and feeling okay about doing so; writing more, whether that be poetry or more blog posts; healthier living. What am I saying NO to this year? Worry and anxiety; materialism; pride; not asking for help; giving up; FEAR; rushing through all of the good stuff; spending as much (time, money, energy, etc.) on things that don’t matter; isolation; comparison; attempting to be perfect; disbelief; doing things like everyone else; control; wasted time and effort looking for peace and true joy in all the wrong places.
  • Step 9: My core word (or one word) for 2015 is fortitude! Fortitude: mental and emotional strength in facing difficulty, adversity, danger, or temptation courageously // My #oneword for 2015 was “dare.” This word played itself out in a lot of big ways. Graduating with my Master’s, leaving a state that was home for a number of years, relocating to SC where I didn’t know anyone to start my first big kid job, and adopting Sawyer were just the headlines, but my word played itself out in little ways as well, every day. I’m hoping to see my word show up in both big and small ways. Now that I’ve made all of these daring changes in life, I’m hoping to continue moving forward.

Part 4 of this series is the actual uncovering of what my goals will be for this upcoming year. Those are still cooking, but once I've figured those out they'll be published on a page that will replace my 2015 goals page so that they're easy to revisit and remind myself of when my focus starts to wander.