Oh Hello sweet new year and the pressure and craze to get the goals set in a perfect little row for the year. Right? Do you get stuck trying to set the perfect goals? Have you in fact read everyone else’s post on 2015 to make sure your not missing out on a goal? Or read/researched “how to’s” post on setting the right goals, but haven’t sat down to put yours together? Welcome to the club.
My heart often yearns to do the best. The most current. The goals that mean something. But yet, my mind gets caught up in even starting. I don’t want to do it wrong, so sometimes that makes me pause and try to research it some more. So if you are feeling this way about goals, a big project you have, anything. You are not alone and let’s dig in together. (meaning you can’t just read this post you have to do something too, deal?)
See what is hilarious, is all that goal researching and reading is fine and all, but take that amount of time and get quiet with the Lord, a journal, for me powersheets and shut off every-screen and BOOM. Magical goal setting/brainstorming dust appears. Well at least for me…That is when the ideas and themes oozing out on to my journal pages.
So again, if you find yourself having a hard time settling or your making excuses. You are not alone. Take the time. Stop reading everyone else’s lists or those darn buzzfeed posts on facebook and step away to get quiet and open with your stuff!
It took me FOREVER to actually do this! This year has been the first year that jumping in and setting life long goals or bucket lists just didn’t feel right or exciting. It didn’t resonate with me. I wanted my goals to simmer. I wanted to hash and rehash. To be honest I was feeling a little lame and wondered what was up with my brain until I heard like-minded women taking their time with goal setting as well.
For awhile I didn’t understand why goals felt so foreign to me at this stage, but a sweet friend lead me to her In Every Season guide and this paired with the Powersheets that I use yearly really helped me pull things together.
See I am in such a different season that what I would call normal Gina. My heart is timid, quiet and honestly in a place that wants to learn and glean. Which is not my normal cup of tea. But looking to the seasons as a metaphor, really helped me feel like nothing was “wrong” with me (like I have thought for months) but my season right now is just different that the typical-go-get-and-do-a-million-things at once Gina. I can have freedom to REST IN MY SEASON. Goodness what relief this has had on my heart.
So to be honest when doing my powersheets this Jan. THEY WERE HARD.
I couldn’t formulate goals this year, so I took some time to write through my thoughts in my Powersheets. In years past it was super simple saying I wanted to “shoot this many weddings” or “travel here” I couldn’t see that far ahead. So while I scribbled the big goals for 2015 at the time feeling super frustrated that I couldn’t “come up” with anything. I just had to let go of trying to make them perfect and sound and feel perfect. I saw myself creating BASE needs for where I was in my life right then.
I knew I needed to work on SLEEP. NOURISHING. SELF CARE. QUIET TIME with JESUS and WORKING SCHEDULE.
This didn’t fit in the my perfect plan for my Powersheets and to be honest I felt like such a failure to have my big goals be sleeping and eating well. But I wasn’t doing any of the above well or even close to ok for my health. So the boring little pieces of life that we so often pass by WERE the things that mattered. They STILL do matter.
Our well being. Our connection to Christ. Our wellness helps us be filled each day, so we can pour out to others.
I will share my 2015 goals soon, but I am here to tell you. It’s ok if your power sheets are all about the baby steps like mine have been the first 2 months of this year. It’s ok if you haven’t even looked at them or filled them out yet. Find your baseline. Your must haves. It’s ok you don’t have BIG HUGE SUPER AWESOME GOALS right now, or honestly ever.
Life is full of SEASONS. Long and short seasons. And I am learning to see the blessing in the slow and confusing winters as I am slowly transitioning from one to another. I can’t wait to share more here.
As a bonus a real life look at my current season and kitchen table! EEEK!