It seems like just the other day I wrote this post outlining my goals for 2017. Things I wanted to do over the year, things I wanted to accomplish and things I thought I wanted. All in all, this list didn’t take a couple of things into account.
#1 I would have a huge heart change and my whole approach to blogging would change.
#2 We would sell our house, buy a piece of land and begin building a home, again.
I don’t want to make excuses for not crossing more things off this list. So please, don’t think that is what I am doing. However, I did feel like I needed to put #1 & #2 out there… mostly for my own sake. Sometimes we can make plans and even begin to execute them well, but somewhere along the course plans change.
Let’s take a closer look…
For 2017 I have decided to focus my growth on my Instagram account. Instead of trying to grow multiple forms of social media simultaneously, I will be focusing solely on IG. I am hoping it pays off in a big way. I started the year with 2,722 followers. We’ll see how much I grow!
I won’t dive into all the details in this post, but really trying to grow my Instagram account was probably one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made
last year in a long time.
I ended up completely dissatisfied with the results. I grew my following to over 10,000 people, hated it and spent a lot of time cleaning things back up. I still managed to double my following over the past year, but I wish I had never started down the road of forced growth.
Family goals for 2017 would include taking some kind of summer trip and working on deepening relationships with my girls. I want them to be able to talk to me about ANYTHING. If I don’t continue fostering and building deep, strong relationship with them now, there won’t be much going on when we hit the teen years. And let’s be honest, those aren’t too terribly far away #allthetears.
I think I did an alright job here but I know there is always room for improvement. That summer trip never happened though. Decisions to build a house put a strain on the finances and we didn’t really go anywhere this past year. I’m not complaining, the choice was totally ours. Ultimately we didn’t want to spend the money on a trip and find ourselves unable to buy appliances later down the road #priorities.
I want to run the Joplin Memorial Half, preferably with Russ. I also want to do the Dogwood Canyon 9 mile trail run in the fall. It is supposed to be REALLY tough, but a new challenge is just what I need.
Goodness things really changed here. Instead of running these races, I ran a marathon! And technically I did 5, 13.1+ mile runs while training. I have zero regrets in this department. Completing that marathon was one of my life goals, which definitely trumps goals for the year. I would LOVE to do the Dogwood Canyon race in 2018 though.
This year I want to grow more in my personal relationship with God. Christianity is a TERRIBLE hobby friends. I want to really grasp my need for God and when I don’t grasp that I pray that I want, to want to need Him. All to often I do things my way and in my strength.
I don’t like to admit to failure in this category. But I don’t really feel like I can speak of amazing growth. I felt like this years growth came in two ways.
#1 I started seeing idols for exactly what they were.
#2 God put us in a new church, one that we really feel we can grow in. It’s not that where we were before was bad, it just wasn’t a place we could grow roots.
I’m planning to spend the rest of the year praying that God would lead & guide me to spiritual growth in 2018.
Outside of continuing to home school, I would love to be more patient and have more grace with my girls. Home school standards are tough. Often I forget that the work the girls are doing is almost always a full year ahead of what public education standards are. I want to teach my girls with more love and grace.
I have in NO WAY perfected this over the year, but I really feel like I’ve made some major improvements. I have grown in patience and grace. I also read a book that completely changed the way we home school. It was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. Honestly, I found myself crying through most of it.
I almost skipped out on this category but two things kept coming to my mind.
#1 I want to work on being a better friend to my on and offline connections.
#2 I want to do some purging. Stuff, toys, and clothes. If we aren’t using it and don’t plan to, it needs to go.
I don’t really feel like I succeeded at #1 at least not in the ways I had hoped I would. I feel like I focused more on myself than others and the point of this was to do the opposite of that.
I totally nailed #2 but that is only because we sold our house! I purged our life in more ways than I expected to when I set this goal.
Summing things up
All in all when I look back on the past year I feel all of the emotions. I feel some regret, some pride and some hope that next year will be better. I think the success and failure of the past year have given me a better idea of what I want in 2018 and the steps I should take to work towards those goals.
I can’t wait to share more about those, after the holidays.
How did your 2017 go?
Was it what you expected it to be?
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