I can’t believe that we’re on the cusp of another year.  How in the world is it already New Year’s Eve?

I should mention that New Year’s Eve is our 7th wedding anniversary.  Here we are- young and in love… and babies.  Good Lord we were babies.

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And a mere 7 years later…

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What a life we’ve lived so far.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this upcoming year lately- the things I want to do, the things I need to do, the things I HAVE to do and I’m feeling either really peaceful or really stressed out about it, depending on when you ask me.  I should mention that I freaking hate “New Year’s Resolutions” and want no part in them.  Mostly because I’m lazy and they make me feel guilty.  There- I said it.

But I am a fan of goals.  Goals make me want to work towards them.  They make me want to earn the title of “Goal Conquerer” and they make me feel way less judged when I say that I’m setting goals instead of inevitably failing at my resolutions.

So I decided to let you in on my Mama Bear Goals for 2018.  If you’d like to join in on these- yay! But if not- this is a judgey pants free zone, girl.  You do you.  Also, I should note that these are the type of things you aspire to do but don’t beat yourself up over.  Because oh MYlanta will I mess up at these.  I’m more of a “big picture” gal so this year when I fail at these my mind script will be, “Well crap.  That wasn’t ideal.  But this is a marathon and I’ve only just begun.  Onward.”  No beating yourself up in 2018, friend.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.

1. Go Slower.

I seriously struggle with slow.  Actually it drives me nuts and I hate it.  But that’s where I’m at in life right now: slower.  If you haven’t read this post on the matter that will clear it all up.

2. Be Present.

Probably based on my problem with speed, my mind is always moving a million miles a minute.  I can barely sit still knowing that the dishes need to be put away, along with the laundry and the the floors need to be cleaned and oh yeah I have to feed my children… The List goes on.  Endless to-do’s and stressors have been filling my mind as of late and it’s just so dang hard for me to sit and really be present with someone.  Has that ever happened to you?  It’s become my new norm and I hate it.  This year I want to learn to quiet The List, set it aside, and spend time doing what I was created to do: Love others the way He loves me.

3. Listen More.

To everyone, but especially to Jesus.  He’s always talking.  But there I am, zipping around freaking out about something or another and I’m too frantic to actually ask Him for help.  My goal is to be mindful of His love for me and invite Him into all the messes of my life.  And friend- there are some MESSES in my LIFE.

4. Come Alive.

This might be my favorite one yet because it sounds the nicest.  I’ve realized lately that when I get into a funk the quickest thing to pull me out is to create something.  I turn on some of my fave worship songs, lock myself away for a good 10-60 minutes and just make something beautiful.  I have a list of projects a mile long that will just bring me so much joy and make me feel alive.  So I’m gonna do the heck out of them.  And I’m gonna feel God’s smile on me when I do them because I know that He made me to create.

Friend, these goals are attainable because you can give yourself grace this year.  You can do maybe 1 this week and that means you won.  ALL YOU DO IS WIN, in fact.  And if you don’t get around to doing one of these until June- OMG YOU DID IT!!! YOU’RE AMAZING AND TIME IS RELATIVE.

What goals are you setting in 2018?  What makes you come alive?  I’m dying to know!

Happy New Year from #teampelzel!

xoxo

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