2016 Happy Place


It's been a while since I last blogged. A lot has changed during this time (as you might know). The last I wrote I was deep into renovating my new home that I'm typing from today. I got back to work on the 5th, and promptly sat myself down to go through my yearly ritual, goal setting with Lara Casey. This year, I opted for simple (not trying to simplify like the past years). I had a wave of clarity that didn't find me years past. I knew that this year my goals were to be much more streamlined and focused and I was going to get less done. But with a lot more heart.

I didn't want to be the go, go, go girl anymore who secretly wished she was some other entrepreneur. Who was dazzled by the bright pink outfits taken with carefully styled backgrounds with coffee table books and who easily raked in six-figure sums without even seemingly trying. I was done with that. Trying to keep up with that life was very, very hard.

But also, it did nothing for my legacy. I wasn't at a happy place. It wasn't until I slowed down in the latter part of 2015 (forced to slow down, more like!) that I realized how little it took to make me happy. Don't get me wrong, I still love me some LV, but I meant that I realized I didn't need any of it to get me to my happy place. I know, duh right? But when you're truly there... The feeling is intoxicating.

I've had so many moments where I've felt complete peace rushing over me and in those moments, all I could think about was, I would not change anything about this life because I have nothing to complain about. And that was magical for me. So this year, I stripped all the "I wanna save more money," "I wanna lose some weight," and "I wanna eat healthier" kinda goals that I tried to set every year and would fail miserably at. Instead, I focused on heart goals that focused on my core. And you'd be surprised how these could lead you to completing the goals that you failed miserably at before.

My word of the year was therefore simply, MOVE. No fancy words like intentional, or purposeful, or anything like that -- those were beautiful words that I struggled to encompass. This year was just to move. Move just to take that next step, or move mountains. Both are great. Move to inspire. Move to encourage. Move to love. Move to take action. Move to stop procrastination. Move to make things happen.

I didn't have to do anything big... At the times where I didn't feel like doing anything... just move. One move is all it takes. However small.

And without further ado (I have rambled on for far too long), my 2016 goals:

1. Read the Bible daily. Even a bit will do. 

Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Ephesians 3:17-19 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

2. Date nights and daily prayers for and with my husband.

3. Grow my business, slow and steady (I don't want explosions!), by MOVING.

I don't want to force my business to grow anymore. I just want to do what makes my heart light up -- teaching, even for free and designing amazing brands -- and let the seasons come. As He has intended. I feel SO much better with this! I've already started making changes to my business.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 ESV

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; …

3. Launch Legacy "School."

I don't know what this is yet. I am praying about it. But I do know the Legacy Planner needs a makeover (people love it!) and that I need to get Live Your Legacy and Ignite Your Legacy going. It's been on my heart for SUCH a long time. I have so much to share about the Happy Place and Legacy!

4. Free weekly / monthly Periscope / Webinar Lessons.

THIS. I enjoyed doing this so much last year I don't know why I stopped.

5. Blog openly and vulnerably.

Words have special powers in my heart. I need to use my words more often.

6. Be more involved in Bible Study groups online.

7. Give more.

8. Take time off the internet. REALLY.

Doing well so far. I've been reading a whole lot!

9. Contentment Challenge x continue on my Capsule Wardrobe.

Need to share this with y'all soon!

10. Reach out more. In all sorts of ways -- collaborations, opportunities.

11. Be prayerful.

12. Start praying and dreaming about having a team. :) 

I have a lot to write about my goals but I wanted to keep it short and sweet. These are all I have for the year! I feel really, really good about it.

Now I wanna hear yours! Share with me if you have any 2016 goals and why!