If we were on a coffee date, I would tell you I love this time of the year. Goal setting, planning, vision casting are all 100% my jam. In fact, I just got kudos from my VP at work for the strategic plan initiatives I wrote because I definitely know how to write some goals. I’m pretty proud of that. Now if only I had as much fun with putting all those plans into action…don’t get me wrong, I love the feeling of accomplishment when a project or a goal is complete, but isn’t that middle part a little bit less fun than imagining and seeing the outcome? That’s why we give up sometimes, right? Anyway, sign me up for all the planning.
If we were on a coffee date, I would tell you that I also love the atmosphere right now. I’m not sure if it’s just that “start of a new year” feeling where everyone is in that “fresh start” mindset and ready to try new things and make new plans, but I’m feeling a little more hopeful and optimistic than I was at the end of December. Maybe it’s also that the sun is hanging around a little big longer in the evenings. Maybe it’s just that I’ve been taking my vitamins more consistently. I don’t know. But I feel better and I like that.
If we were on a coffee date, I would confess that I’m starting to talk myself out of buying a house. This is a bad habit I have when I get discouraged. I try to tell myself that I don’t really want something that I desperately wanted when I first started. I still want to buy a house and I’m still sick of living with my parents, but I’ve started saying things like, “well if I wait another year I could…” and that’s where it starts. I look at my budget and think, “if I stayed here I could buy all the craft supplies I wanted.” Things like that. I like to tell myself that I’m just finding ways to be content in the moment but that’s not really true when the outcome is to walk away from the thing I was hoping for. It’s not that I feel like I’ll never find the right house or that I’ve even been looking all that long, but I always get tired of unknowns. It’s a challenge to keep reminding myself it will all work out at the right time if I just stick with it. See my above thoughts about planning – it’s the same thing here.
If we were on a coffee date, I’d ask you if you have a word for 2017. I never picked a word for the year before last year but I was amazed to see how well that worked out for me (post coming on that, I promise) and I’d want to hear all about your word. Our pastor had us choose our word recently so I’ve been asking everyone at church to share their words with me but I know it’s not a church thing and lots of people like picking a word either instead of making resolutions or as a starting point for their resolutions. So tell me the details! What’s your word? How do you use it?
If we were on a coffee date, I’d invite you to join me in the Bible in a Year challenge I’m doing. A few Instagram friends set up a challenge for anyone who is interested in reading the entire Bible this year. We’re following a chronological plan and I’d love to have you join in. There’s no group to join, but you can follow along by following the Instagram account or their Google+ page where you can download the challenge plan, lettering prompts if you like to do hand lettering and other fun stuff. I’ve tried to read the bible cover to cover before and never gotten past the first few pages of Leviticus so I hope the chronological plan keeps me going 🙂
Just like last month, I am linking up with Erin for this Coffee Date. Coffee Dates are the second Monday of every month.