2017 talk + GOALS for the new year

Hey guys! I cannot believe it is already a new year. This past year FLEW by way too fast. I wanted to share with y’all how my monumental year went, and my new goals for 2018.

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2017 was definitely the best year of my life, and definitely the most stressful. I started out in January taking 18 hours of senior level business classes. Little did I know come February that Magnum and I would start shopping for engagement rings..

After that semester ended, a week into summer I started 20 hours of classes, which started in May and ended in August. Between working and taking a full load of classes, Magnum thought it would be a great idea to propose to me in June, so I could start planning a wedding also. 😉 That was the second best day of my life!!! (Behind the day we got married).

So, as the year went on I was panning a wedding, taking 18 hours again during the fall semester, and trying to make money so I could buy cute clothes, because priorities..

December came and I married my best friend!!! What a whirlwind that year was, but it brought some of the biggest blessings and I learned so much about myself that made me who I am today.

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Now on to goals for 2018.

  1. Stay consistent on spending time with God.

It is so easy to get caught up in the business of life and to forget to pray, or read His word, or go to church. I am guilty of this, as I am sure a lot of people are. My goal for 2018 is to set aside at LEAST 10 minutes daily to either pray, read my bible, or read a devotion and journal about it. It is crazy to think about how we talk ourselves into thinking we “don’t have the time” or we are “too busy today”.. When all we have to do is set aside 10 minutes. This could be taking 10 minutes in the car to listen to your Bible app (this is seriously the easiest thing ever.. This guy with a nice voice just reads the Bible to you and it is so soothing lol and such an easy way to hear God’s word), or waking up 10 minutes earlier in the morning to read a devotion, or instead of wasting 10 minutes of our time sitting on the couch scrolling through Instagram.. We could be praying or reading our Bible. With all that being said, this is my number one goal for 2018. I have already started doing this, and I find that when I start my days with a devotion, I feel more joyful and encouraged throughout my days because I find happiness and joy in God’s truths daily. I know I do not have very many readers right not.. But if you are reading this, I want to challenge you to try to do the same!

2. Be a better wife/family member.

I know I have only been a wife for not even a month, but with setting this as one of my goals for 2018, it will help me to constantly remind myself to be better. By this I mean, always finding little ways to make him happy, never thinking twice about putting him first, and to always be mindful of his feelings, and not just mine. I am going to be honest with y’all because I am not perfect, but I really struggle with those things. I think those three things I listed are all things newlyweds struggle with, because it is not just me anymore.. Magnum and I are ONE. My happiness means nothing if he is not happy. My way is NOT always right (this is a tough one lol). My feelings are NOT the only thing that matters. Along with reminding myself of these things, I also have made it a goal for myself this year to pay more attention to him. By this I mean when he says something he likes, or needs, or wants, or enjoys, or just anything he mentions that I could use to surprise him and make him happy, I make note of it in my phone when I hear it, and I will later use it to a little something for him to make him happy.

For being a better family member this year, something I REALLY want to focus on and remind myself to do, and I encourage y’all to do the same.. Is to be INTENTIONAL. Like I said before, it is so easy to get caught up in the business of your own life. Now that I am married and have my own family, and other things to worry about, I am not seeing my family as much. I really want to keep myself accountable this year to be intentional with my time and make time for lunch with my sister or mom/dad, and go to my brother’s basketball games, and make the trip to Austin often to see Magnum’s family, and set aside time for my sister-in-law for our sister time, and remember extended family members birthdays or special occasions and make them feel special. Family is so important to me and I really want to be intentional towards them so they know my love for them, and to show them how special they are to me. I really encourage everyone to try to make a similar goal because family truly is forever.

3. Spread outward joy

Okay y’all… If you know me I’m sure you know this already but… I have RBF. 😦 lol. If you do not know what this means, it stands for Resting B-word (that I will not say on here because I do not cuss haha) Face. When I am thinking about something and my face is just in resting position, apparently I look seriously angry/annoyed. It is kind of funny when I think about it and when I hear stories people tell me about them thinking I was mean before they talked to me (because of my RBF), but this year I am really making it a priority to fix it, because I hate people thinking I am mean. So.. I am really making it a priority this year to no longer have RBF and work on my “outward joy”, as Magnum would say. :)

4. Not stress over the little things

All I will say here is, because I feel like it is self-explanatory, is that I stress a lot about little things, and I want to stop. That’s it!

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Thanks for reading today guys!!

What is everyone else’s goals for the new year??

Leave a comment below with your thought on my post!

Love y’all

Xoxox Lauren

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