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JANUARY 2014: Goals and Game Plan

Hip, hip, hooray! It's 2014! I hope you had the happiest of New Year's Eves and celebrated the night away with friends and family. My Tuesday night included a free performance of The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr(Abriged) --and yes that's how the title is spelled!-- followed by dancing, Taboo, and sparklers with friends from church. We welcome the New Year in style and then it was off to bed. Actually, I had good intentions of going straight to bed but I spent several hours an hour in Photoshop and on Blogger giving this site a revamp. What do ya think?!

I may not have shown it at the party, but I LOVE the start of a new year. And I mean love, love, love it! It is a fresh start, a new chance, and a time for reflection and reevaluation of what has worked and what hasn't worked in the past year. Personally, setting lofty challenges for the full year ahead can be a little overwhelming, so I'm keeping it simple with monthly goals. I am working through Lara Casey's Powersheets for the second time and will share more of that later, but for now, here's January:


1. DRINK MORE WATER. Sweet, simple, to the point. A girl's gotta start somewhere, and I got a spiffy Baylor water bottle for Christmas. That should help, right? ;)

2. SPEND TIME IN THE WORD DAILY. I am a journaling fiend, but sometimes I will have my "devotional time" and never touch the Bible. One verse here, one verse there has been the name of the game for too long and I want to remedy this. His Word is living, breathing, transforming! I read on Ann Voskamp's blog that they keep Bibles at the dinner table for meal times. Food for the soul. Even if my lunch break is my only chance in the day to dive in, I want to go deep. He can meet me in the break room, of this I am sure and expectant!

3. BE DILIGENT. Well that's broad isn't it? I am the queen of list making and planning, but the court jester when it comes to following through. This month I want to limit my to-do list to a handful of items with a clear purpose and definite end-date. Keeping it simple, sticking to task, and staying productive.

4. READ 3 PLAYS and 3 BOOKS. I'm hoping for 15/15 in 12 (fifteen plays and fifteen books read in twelve months) and this is the best time to start! On my list are the following:
Passion Play by Sarah Ruhl
Coriolanus by William Shakespeare
Our Town by Thornton Wilder
A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman
Bittersweet by Shauna Neiquist
Start by Jon Acuff

5. PURGE MY CLOSET. Actually, I don't have a closet. But I have 3 clothing racks that are full of clothes I do not wear and do not need. This may have been on my list from December, and I am actually going to do it this time. Some will go to a resale shop in town, others donated, and lastly I will not be buying any clothes in the month of January. Yikes! Talk about self-control.

5. FINISH GRAD SCHOOL APPLICATIONS. This is a no-brainer because alls applications are due at the end of January anyway. My plan is to have them complete within the next two weeks and on their merry way.

6. REVAMP MY ROOM. This, too, was on my list for December but it escaped me. I still need to unpack from traveling home for the holidays, and that purge will overflow into my trinkets and trunks. Simplifying means re-organizing, de-cluttering, and putting the final touches on the decor. I'll post pictures of the process and you'll get a glimpse into my little basement nook. How does that sound?

Six goals, each with a game plan, should keep things simple. I want to keep my schedule open to say "Yes" to spontaneity and rest, to surrender my plans and ambitions to settle into my season, and to seek Him in the big decisions that are headed my way. Add in a little Shakespeare and a little sparkle, and I call that an exciting month.

What are your goals this go-around? Any New Year's resolutions? I want to hear all about them!

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  1. Did you not LOVE The Complete Works? I was in a production of it while in high school, and it was totally one of my favorite shows to date!

  2. I love, love, love your updated design! It's so cute! And the teal/blue color is my favorite right now! :) Good luck with your goals, girl! Wishing you the happiest New Year!

    xo, gina

  3. I super love this list. And I love your blog design! I'm looking to keep things simple too this year, as well as allowing plenty of space for surrender and spontaneity. I want the Spirit strong in me this year as never before! And the goal about diligence resonates with me so strongly. I've dropped way too many opportunities I've committed to simply because I wasn't managing my time or energy wisely. This year, I want that to change!

  4. These are WONDERFUL!!! I too am planning on digging deeper in the word, and more specifically, spending more energy memorizing scripture. My game plan is 1 verse every 1-2 weeks. A good ol' closet purge is in due order here at my place as well... I hadn't thought of it too much until I read this, so thank you!! And a big AMEN to being diligent!
    p.s. I gave you a little shout-out on my latest post regarding what fires me up/inspires me, because you always do, but most specifically as I set goals, your intentional goal-setting has encouraged me! Thank you for being you!

  5. These are great goals! Cleaned out my closet today and took a ton to Goodwill. I immediately felt better. Wishing you the best in 2014!

  6. loving your blog, friend! i am so with you on #1! that's on my list too and probably the easiest thing to do without actually thinking about doing it - and the water bottle def helps!
    ciao from your 136th follower!

    love, taylor || bloganticipation.blogspot.com

  7. You KNOW I'm eager to see room photos :)

  8. Love love love love this!! Simplify, surrender, say yes. Sounds very much like our January!! :)