Happy Thursday! It’s time to talk about 2021 goals.
I don’t know about you but I have been slooooooowly easing into the new year (at least, what I consider to be slow). I mean, my Christmas decorations are still up and I had every intention of taking them down last weekend! But moving slowly is still moving so I’m giving myself grace. Let me just start off by assuring you that if you’ve had a hard time getting into the swing of 2021, it’s okay! Be gentle with yourself and move at whatever pace is good for your soul.
I actually set my 2021 goals back in December when setting up my Cultivate What Matters PowerSheets. But even though I’ve inked them on the page, it’s taking me awhile to turn those goals into actionable plans. In fact, I’m still working on it! But I do have some thoughts to share with you today.
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I love setting goals every year. Not because I crush them every time (because I totally do not!) but because it gives me direction and focus. I personally don’t know how to look at the time stretching out in front of me and not think about life in terms of time blocks, projects, and goals. I guess it’s the way God wired my brain and for that, I’m grateful. I wanted to cover as many aspects of my life as possible without overwhelming myself. Each goal will have projects and tasks that I can work on through out the year. Those projects and tasks will be chosen and scheduled based on what’s realistic and needed at any given time of the year.
Here are the 8 goals I’ve set for 2021!
1. PURSUE JESUS RELENTLESSLY
I’ve always had some kind of spiritual growth goal in years past but this year I knew I needed to be more intentional about how I worded my goal. I needed words that challenged me to proactivity rather than letting me off the hook to do things the way I always do them. So I chose the action verb “pursue” and the adverb “relentlessly” (I see you, grade school grammar coming through!). This year, I want to Pursue Jesus Relentlessly.
Even though I was raised in a Christian home, I serve in a wonderful church, and married an amazing Christian man, my relationship with Jesus is my relationship with Jesus. It is mine to cultivate and nurture and He is my Savior to pursue with all my heart, my soul, and my mind, . From that one on-one-relationship, I am a part of a relationship with Jesus and my husband and then Jesus and my family and friends and church family. But it starts with me and Jesus first.
One of the practical ways I’m action planning this goal is to pursue a set of spiritual disciplines which I’ll talk about in another blog post. I’ve also started reading the Bible in 90 days. Just to be clear, pursuing spiritual disciplines and even reading the Bible for the sake of these things isn’t going to bring me closer to Jesus and deepen our relationships. This isn’t about checking boxes. These are just ways that I’m intentionally positioning myself to spend time with and hear from God and allow Him to change my heart and develop my character to be more like His. I want my faith and relationship with Jesus to be real and living and this is how I’m pursuing that goal.
2. TAKE CARE OF MY BODY AND MIND
Twenty-twenty was a hard year and I think we all get a pass for any lapses in self-care. Even though 2021 isn’t shaping up to be any better, I’m not giving myself any excuses not to take care of both my body & mind. This includes –
- eating nourishing food
- moving my body regularly
- setting boundaries for mental health
- keeping healthy routines
- prioritizing rest & recreation/hobbies
My plan is NOT to attempt to work on all of these areas at once or I know I will overwhelm myself and fail and feel like garbage so I’m taking it one step at a time.
Right now, I’m focusing on food. I’m participating in a 40 day sugar fast with Wendy Speake’s community. She’s the author of The 40 Day Sugar Fast: Where Physical Detox Meets Spiritual Transformation. No sugar for 40 days has forced my husband and me to pay more attention to whole foods. I’m hoping this gives us the push we need to eat more healthfully even after the 40 days is over. And because this has a spiritual growth element, this also counts for my spiritual disciplines goals.
3. NURTURE MY MARRIAGE
My husband and I are coming up on 4 years of marriage and I want to continue making our relationship a priority. I’m hesitant to say that we’re still in the “honeymoon” phase because while our relationship hasn’t hit many issues or crises, it feels more “settled” and “rhythmic” than it did 4 years ago. I don’t yet know how to put this season into words but I do feel like we’re transitioning into something a little different than where we’ve been and I’m loving it and I want to make sure we nurture and take care of it.
4. PURSUE SELF-DEVELOPMENT
There are so many new things I want to learn and old, dusty skills I want to sharpen. Not only that, I want to continue exploring how to be a classy woman in my lifestyle. Here are just a few of the things I want to work on –
- finish building a classy wardrobe (I started the process in 2020)
- start playing the piano again (I used to take lessons as a child & teenager and should be a better musician than I am)
- take online courses (business, art, theology)
5. MAKE OUR HOUSE A HOME
One of the things I realized in 2020 is that I’m not taking my home management and care as seriously as I would a regular 9-5 job. But the truth is, I chose this as my work when I decided to be a stay-at-home wife. I should take my homemaking as seriously as a “regular” job because it is, indeed, a real job. This is something that I want to approach more intentionally in 2021. I don’t have an action plan or projects chosen yet but it’s on my January to do list.
6. CULTIVATE MY RELATIONSHIPS
True confession. I am not all that great at relationships. Not because I don’t care about the people in my life but because I have a hard time getting out of my head and space and paying attention to people I don’t see or talk to on a daily basis. I know, it’s not an excuse. That’s why it’s on my goals list! I want to be better about reaching out to friends and family, initiating conversations (which I’m terrible at) and being thoughtful around birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. I don’t have a plan of action for this either but it’s on my to-do list!
7. GROW MY BUSINESS
As an entrepreneur, I’m always looking for ways to grow and scale my business. I’ve been at this, in one form or another, for over five years and I feel like this year, I have the opportunity to really make some major headway if I make the right, intentional choices. I’m not quite ready to share what I have planned but hopefully I’ll be rolling out some new projects soon!
8. STEWARD OUR RESOURCES
Earlier in the post, I talked about being intentional about how I word my spiritual growth goal. The same holds true for this last one on my 2021 goals list. I didn’t just want to put “Finances” or “Save Money” or something like that. I wanted something that included generosity and giving as well as saving and good spending habits and paying off debt. And I thought, well, that’s stewardship. And I didn’t want it to be solely about money, even though that’s a major part of it. I wanted it to also include our other resources like time, material possessions, and our home space. Stewardship is about rightly using what we’ve been given. I don’t just want to save money, I want to hold my resources with open hands and allow God to use them for His glory and the benefit of others.
There is still so much I’m planning and figuring out but those are my 2021 goals. I hope that this list inspires you to make your own goals for the year, if you haven’t yet. My plan is to share projects and progress through the year and I hope this will be inspiring and motivating for you as you pursue what matters to you this this season.
What are some of the goals you’re working on in 2021? I’d love to read your comments!
Grace and Peace,