2017: A New Year

It’s so hard to believe that we are already three days into a new year!

I know that it probably gets boring to hear, but I wanted to record some of my goals for 2017.

Here are my goals for 2016.

Honestly, I don’t think I accomplished a single one, so I’m hesitant to make big, lofty goals this year. 2016 kind of knocked me down. And I’m not getting back up again and brushing myself off and having a warrior mentality. Instead, I’m humbled and deeply thankful to the Lord for bringing us through this past year. I’m forging ahead knowing that God is good all the time and I cannot do it without His strength.

However, I love a good chance to make some goals and reflect on the past and dream about the future.

First, in my personal life:

  • Read through the Bible in a year (I’m going to do a chronological reading this year and I’m SO EXCITED about it!)
  • Read 26 books (should be doable since I read 62 this year!)
  • Accept another foster placement (scared out of my mind and will have another post on this shortly)
  • Run a half marathon (both times I’ve signed up for a half marathon I’ve gotten pregnant, so maybe this year will be the year I actually run one- no plans to get pregnant!)
  • Do not let our income stop me from living generously
  • Technology off when kids are awake
  • Weekly game nights as a family or with guests
  • Monthly date nights
  • Cook through a cookbook
  • Do a daily activity with Tera/Kiah

I actually have a journal that I journal in every day, and I think I will be adding to this list as the days and weeks pass by. One of my greatest accomplishments of 2016 might have been that I finished one journal on Dec 31! Haha! So I started my current journal with 2017 goals, and I LOVE IT!

I also have some blogging goals, and these are some things that I have really been thinking about. While I would really like to make an income from blogging, I have been burnt out by the hustle and bustle of blogging the last few months and I would actually like to step back. I would like to write less posts, but with better content, instead of just spitting out posts every day. I would like to do better at promoting and encouraging people to share my posts. I would like to make some money and increase my followers, but this will not be my focus. Instead, I would like to focus more on creating a community that is real and authentic and can be an encouragement in other women and Mom’s lives. I would love to be published on other big sites and will be focusing some of my time on writing for other sites, not just my own.

Every year, I try to pick a theme word for the year. Last year, I chose a word that terrified me: Sacrifice. I was doing my devotions one day and it came over me that my 2016 would be full of sacrifice. And indeed, it was. As I’ve mentioned, 2016 seemed to knock me flat. It had so many wonderful moments, but it was a difficult year.

I will write more about why I chose this word later, but my word for 2017 is….

I have spent too long this year living as a slave to fear, and during the year 2017 I want to change that.

What about you? Did you pick a word for 2017? Do you have goals for 2017? I’d love to hear them!


  1. Jodi says:

    Those are some awesome goals! I haven’t come up with a word…I need to!!! I’ll work on that! Keep posting as I enjoy reading! Happy 2017!

  2. Patricia says:

    Although we went through very different circumstances I feel as though we had many similarities on 2016. And I can’t help but chuckle that we chose the same word for the year!

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