One Word & Goals for 2018

Here we are, the middle of January, and I am just now getting around to posting about my thoughts, goals and word for 2018.

Life has been chaos. Absolute mind numbing, I want to cry but I am too tired, Oh wait… here come the tears, CHAOS! I knew it was going to be a rough start to the new year, but I underestimated the emotional toll it would take on us. Moving was exhausting friends! And I can officially say, Lord willing, I will never move ever again.

But even through the crazy there have been blessings. Gracious in-laws who opened their home to us, warm meals, kind text messages and offers to help. This process could have been even more hectic and difficult than it was.

Now that I’ve updated you on how moving went, let’s talk about 2018.

Honestly I am struggling here. Some years I’ve picked a word to focus on and other years I have set goals. Currently I find myself sitting at the computer at a loss.

There is only one thing on my mind…

Back in December I received a note and a book from Stephanie. She sent me a copy of A Simplified Life and told me that she had picked my word for 2018. It is such a sweet thing when friends truly know you and the desires of your heart. But the irony of it is that 2018 is off to anything but a simple start.

*We moved.
*We’re currently living with family. (God bless them.)
*We’re building our house. (Like actually, physically building it.)
*Russ received a pretty considerable job promotion. He is trading his blue-collar for a white one Monday!

There is so much going on in our life right now. It’s all good amazing, but it adds up to some pretty huge life changes and feels  s o  f a r  from simple.

I thought it may be helpful to put “pen to paper” and write out what simplifying might look like in our life. Today, I’d like to share that list. 


Simplify The blog. I feel like I’ve made a lot of changes in this area already, but I would like to continue making more of them through 2018. I want to blog less and blog with intention when I do chose to share. Sponsored content will continue to decline and the linkups that I host are few and far between. I honestly considered giving up this space altogether, but I realized that wasn’t necessary. However, simplifying was. 

Simplify Social Media. Blogging groups, like threads, blah, blah, blah. There are so many ways that one can spend their days and ultimately I don’t exactly want to spend a chunk of mine in front of the computer swapping likes and follows. I would rather have small amounts of genuine interaction with a handful than mass followings and likes from people I don’t even know. 

Simplify School Work. I read a book last summer that changed the way I think about homeschool. We don’t have to spend all of our time doing all of the things. We can truly focus on what is lovely to us. I want to spend more time enjoying my girls and less time being a nagging school marm. 

Simplify Stuff. I felt like we purged and purged and purged when we were getting ready to sell our home, then we moved. I was simply shocked and appalled by the number of things that we own. My plan to simplify our stuff is to unpack with intention. I have a few ideas of ways that I can do this and when the time comes, to actually move into the house, I’ll share a bit more.

Simplify Our Life. So often I feel like I have these ideas of what life and family time should look like, and they are often so far from simple. This year I want to learn to embrace the little things like game nights and pizza for dinner. Cooking together, time with friends, taking walks and sitting in church on a Sunday morning. I want to learn to love the little every day gifts I take for granted. 

2018 is set to be a pretty huge and exciting year for our family. But my bold prayer is that God would use all of these great things to bring us to a more simplified way of living.

A place where we can focus on the things in life that are truly important.

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30 thoughts on “One Word & Goals for 2018

  1. That’s a fantastic word for the year and I found myself gravitating to it when I was babbling on about resolutions on Monday. I like. Can’t wait to see what you do with it. Congrats on the job promotion! Yayay!

    1. Thank you, thank you! I can’t wait until I feel like I can actually work on it. But preparing my heart and really dwelling on it feels like half of the battle.

  2. You have a TON going on right now!! First of all, congratulations to your hubby on his promotion!! Woo-hoo!!! Second, it can be difficult to live with inlaws, we did it for a while before we bought our house, but it was also fun at the same time. I love the friendship that you and Stephanie have and love that you are both reading this book together =)

    1. RIGHT?!?! It’s a bit insane reallly. Thank you! So if you have any living wit the inlaw advice, send it my way. So far it has gone perfectly…. but it is still very new.

  3. That word is strong over here too! Also the phrase “let it go”…I’m channeling my inner Elsa 😉. Congratulations to Russ!

    1. Thank you, thank you! I need to dive back into it, but it still feels so silly seeing I don’t even live in my own home. I just keep thinking this will help, this will help. I need to bust out a highlighter.

  4. I still haven’t shared mine! I’ve been praying about my word, because one word just wasn’t coming to my mind. Anyhow, I am so sorry it’s been so emotional for you guys. Just think about your new home and how it will all be worth it when you guys sit down to have your first meal all together in your new space! Yay for Russ’ job promotion! That is awesome, friend. And Stephanie. Oh Stephanie! So thoughtful and awesome. Simplifying is definitely something I am hoping to do this year. I can’t wait to follow along and see exactly what that looks like for you!

  5. Oh, friend, I understand the chaos. I just NOW recapped Christmas! You have so many exciting things happening in 2018. First of all, congratulations to Russ. That is wonderful! And I am with you on simplifying things. The blog AND social media. When I thought of goals for this year, I really wanted to blog 4 times a week. It just isn’t possible now, so I’m thankful if I get in 3. And as for engagement groups, I’m with you. I left almost all of them. I would rather have genuine engagement, even if it means less likes/follows. Good luck this year. I know it’s going to be a great one! XOXO

    1. Better late than never! I just keep saying that over and over!

      So good to hear I am not the only blogger feeling this way. I was just glad that I realized I didn’t HAVE to quit. Scaling back worked too.

  6. Love this 🙂 and it’s so true! I am getting there with social media. IT can be a rat race if you let it! You always fill my cup, thank you. And read that book, it’s so good. I Wanted to start reading again when I was finished. xoxo ERIN

    1. It can be life sucking. My husband is pretty sure that it is sheer evil and often tells me all about that. SO good to be called a cup filler. It isn’t always easy, but it is so good to strive towards it.

  7. My word is simplify too! I liked reading what it means for you! My intentions are very similar. Happy New Year!

  8. I think this is a good word choice. Especially as you guys still have some big things coming up this year. Hugs to you and your sweet family, and congrats to Russ 🙂

  9. Love your word of the year and might have teared up when you talked about how hard/exhausting/stressful moving has been. I know. Been there. So I’ve been sending tons of prayers your way as you’re working through this transition. Best of luck simplifying in the new year!!

    1. Oh friend. That was a ROUGH week. It almost made leaving that home easier. By the time it was all said and done, I was over it. Thank you so much for your sweet thoughts and prayers.

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