Cupcakes and Sunshine: 2018 Word of the Year- INTENTION

Sunday, January 7, 2018

2018 Word of the Year- INTENTION

2018 is HERE! And we're doing it, friends!

The New Year has always been my favorite. A fresh new start, new goals, a clean slate and time to rest before things kick off and going again.

For the past few years, a few of my friends and I have joined together to pray for a word of the year. A word of the year is a fun way to set your intentions and goals for the upcoming year. Last year, "COMMUNITY" was my word, and wow have I met so many new friends in Dallas that have made this city home! I'm surrounded by so many people each and every day who are pouring into me, encouraging me, and just making every day FUN. 

This year, after lots of prayer and consideration my word is "INTENTION."

2017 was a great year, but with a new city, new job, and really new everything, I lost a lot of intentionality in loving others well, making decisions, and being intentional with my time. I used the busyness of each day as an excuse, and was really just surviving.

This year, I want to work on being INTENTIONAL in the way I communicate, the people I spend time with, the conversations I have, the food I eat, the way I budget, the time I spend with the Lord, and the way I love others. I know I've slacked in this area, but I have big plans to pick it up in 2018!

But I do know that good intentions don't always lead to change. It's the ACTIONS behind them that do the doing and I know it will take work. Good intentions don't build relationships or make people better. I'm leaning into this and praying for motivation to be intentional and take ACTION.

So what does this look like? I've set a few personal goals, fitness goals, quiet time goals, financial goals, and also have some great friends that are helping me by holding me accountable to accomplish them.

I also found this really great habits chart to help me to be intentional in the goals I've set...

It is a 90-day "habit-forming" chart, and you fill in a circle for each day you complete a goal you're working towards. (like working out or saving money!) These are awesome! You can get them here for free!

I'm also going to review some financial goals (check out this post from a while back on some money-saving tips!) and work on meal planning for the week ahead, so I don't make too many stops by Chick-fil-a. (We'll just leave that habit in 2017)

Lastly, I really want to get more in the WORD this year. Honestly, I had some rough rough, spiritually dry months in 2017 where I know I was not leaning fully into the Lord, and they were some of the toughest, yuckiest (as my friend Hannah says) months I've experienced. This year, I want to make it a habit to get back into the Word, PRAY OFTEN, and continuously seek the Lord in all decisions that I make and things I do, and I think intentionality in choices will come a lot better.

2018, let's do this!!

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