+sneak peak at the nursery in progress+
I’m writing this on Sunday. the Sunday before the kids go back to school, community group starts back, work is in full force, and the reality of having a baby in the next month is that. much. more. real.
I love Sundays, I truly do. We attend church at 5pm, so the whoooooole day before church is just magical. Today was the last day to have our christmas tree up (no ornaments, just lights!) so we diffused Christmas spirit, drank coffee and snuggled by the fire pretty much all day. I make the conscious effort to stay away from my phone/laptop as much as possible to really breath in the day. rest. I told Stephen it felt “too late” to finish up “all the new year things” but he says it’s never too late. So, I spent some good time in prayer + the Word today asking the Lord what my goals should be for 2017.
I must say, getting ready to have a baby at the start of a new year makes all those new years resolutions shift for me. Yes, I’m trying to drink more water, take my daily supplements + drink my protein shakes…but I’m not necisarrily headed back to the gym anytime soon. I’m trying to have more realistic expectations for the new year, and honestly told Stephen my goal for the first 6 months should simply be: to keep all 3 children alive! ha. Even though I’ve spent the past almost decade dreaming of what it would be like at home with a new baby those first few months, I know it’s not going to be all butterflies and roses. I want to be realistic with myself, but I also want to soak up every moment.
Honestly, I’m excited to take a step back and have a pretty darn good “excuse” to say no more, and stay home more. I want #allthefriends to come over and visit me, don’t get me wrong – but can you come to me instead of me coming to you? It’s been a pretty full few years, and I have my foot dipped in so many areas: my role as an ambassador/coach with Noonday Collection, the planning that goes in every year to our Carry Camp Retreat + ministry, this blog (that has been sooooo neglected), my downtown gathering space – The Haven, and my Young Living business. I’ve been praying for over a year for the Lord to make it clear where I should focus most of my efforts, and in November it sorta all came to me!
The revelation of God is whole
and pulls our lives together.
The signposts of God are clear
and point out the right road.
The life-maps of God are right,
showing the way to joy.
The directions of God are plain
and easy on the eyes.
psalm 19:7-9, the message
I LOVE being out and about, meeting people, hosting events, gathering people, and connecting IN PERSON. I do. But I’ve come to realize that this next season might not be the most ideal time to be pursing events at The Haven, or traveling all over the place for Noonday trunk shows. I always hear so many friends say that they are up all.hours.of.the.night with a baby (duh), just watching netflix or scrolling Facebook. Now, NO judgement. I’m sure that will be me soon enough, but looking towards 2017 and setting goals….I wanted to have something that would keep my mind busy that was productive! I want to still be able to connect with women. I want to continue to be creative.
I thought to myself, maybe I’ll start writing more in 2017! maybe I’ll finally have some clarity to share more of the story God has + is writing for our family. (I hope I do!)
then….I all of a sudden had a revelation: I’m sitting on an amazing opportunity to do #allthethings I want to do, while staying home with my babies! While I have never wavered in being a product user with Young Living the past 2+ years, I took a step back in mentoring and leading a team. But now! Now seems like the perfect time, and y’all. A fire inside me has been lit! The chance to work every day with like minded mamas across the world really is a dream. To feel connected, and to know that my time + effort is going to help so many families find freedom in their health, wellness, and finances:: that is worth pursuing. There are some fun new community things in the works, and I can’t wait to tell you about it. would love for you to take this crazy ride with me.
I have to set fears aside, set comparison aside, set what I “thought” I would be doing aside, and follow as the holy spirit leads. I’m going into the new year pretty stinking excited.
and for my goals? they are pretty simple.
all these goals…
help me get to where I want to be when I’m 80.
they are rooted in Gods truth
I will have to rely on gods strength to do it
they help me steward what I’ve been given well
at the end of 2017, I want to look back and see more FRUIT and personal growth. more freedom! and less wasting time + looking at what everyone else is doing!!!
Thank you, thank you Lara Casey for this framework.
wow, let’s get going on 2017!
are you a goal setter? dreamer? visionary? what’s on YOUR heart?!