2016 was my year of “Story”. A year ago, I had no idea exactly what that would look like! Turns out that I wrote about some pretty hard things, and I wrote about grace. In November, I wrote the first draft of a novel. This is the year that I really started telling some of my stories. The ones that are hard to tell sometimes. Behind all of the writing, there was a lot of pondering, soul-searching, letting go, and healing. It’s been a process, and though it’s not completely over yet, I feel like I can breathe. I spent so many years with this horrible weight on me that literally made me feel like I couldn’t take a deep breath. It’s only the grace of God that has lifted that burden. I’ve spent three decades just reacting to whatever life threw at me. That brings me to my word for 2017:

I want to spend 2017 learning how to live. I don’t want to just react to life anymore – I want to live it.

What does that mean practically?

Foremost, I have some specific goals about spending time together as a family with Aaron and the kids. I also have plans to start a Morning Time routine with the kids. I want to start off our days together by reading, learning, and having meaningful conversations together. Time slips away awfully fast when you’re raising kids, and I want to be very purposeful about redeeming some of that time!

I have a number of big writing goals for 2017 too! Remember that novel draft I wrote for NaNoWriMo? I’m going to edit, re-write, and publish it. It’s a pretty ambitious goal, but I’m actually looking forward to the challenge. I’ve also got goals for writing another novel and a non-fiction book. I’ll need more paper and fountain pen ink…

NaNoWriMo showed me that when I have a set goal and I’m tracking my progress, I tend to get more done. That’s what prompted me to try out Lara Casey’s Powersheets Workbook this year. That’s where I’m setting my goals, breaking them down, and tracking progress. My Well Planned Gal planners will keep the day-to-day planning and to-do list sorted out for me.

I spent so many years being scared. I never really stepped out in faith and lived life. By God’s grace, I’m ready to live the life He’s given me. I’m not scared of taking that leap anymore, and I can’t tell you what an amazing gift that is…

“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” – John 10:9-10