Currently… January Goals

The old Kendra would have already given up. If I didn't have all of my plans in place before the start of the new year, I wouldn't have even bothered trying. You see, I love to plan and I love Mondays, but if I don't get started when I think I should or when it "feels right," I'll likely not start at all. 

I was scrambling at the end of 2022. I was a little sleep deprived and scatterbrained. I didn't find enough time to sit and think about what I would be working toward in 2023. When I finally did, it was January 2nd. Instead of letting myself continue to feel like I was already falling behind, I tried to flip the narrative in my head into something positive. That's how I came up with the idea to have a specific resolution for each month. Can you guess what January's will be?

"Exercise flexibility." If I had to pick a word for this month it could be "Flexible" or "Versatile" or maybe even "Rhythm" since it's all about getting back into a routine, but being able to go with the flow when the unexpected pops up. Life is full of the unexpected, so getting a head start on keeping consistent at the beginning of the year may help me keep it up for the following months.

My goals haven't changed all that much; sadly I didn't make as much progress last year as I hoped. My heart has been changing though, so the "why" behind those goals are becoming clearer and more meaningful. It's a good thing I have another year ahead of me to make the most of. 

My goal for the entire year can be summed up in Ephesians 5:15-17:
15 So be careful how you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don't act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.
Making the most of every opportunity. That's what I want to do this year. In fact, I've worked on this specific post over the span of about 48 hours. Since I was unable to sit down and do it all at once, I was flexible with myself and used the free time I found during the day to do what was most important for my family first, as well as allow myself moments for writing and creativity. I think I'm already off to a good start!

Have you ever chosen a word to inspire your year? I've gone back and forth over resolutions in the past, but this year I'm going to make it work.

I've been using my Design Your Year workbook a lot this week to help me identify and specify my short and long term goals. If you'd like to check it out, click the image below for your free download!