Hello 2018

How do you feel about new years resolutions? Do you make resolutions at the beginning of the year? Do you find yourself just a few months into it and you didn’t stick to anything?

That’s me! I can’t tell you how many years I’ve said “New year, new me!”, “I’m going to start working out and keep it up”, or “I’m going to eat better this year.” I can honestly say that I have never made a new years resolution that has stuck throughout the entire year. I read an article that said 8% of people actually keep their New Years Resolution. That should tell you something about resolutions. So this year I decided to set realistic goals for the year and write them down. But then I decided to take the rest, what would normally be considered a new years resolution and take it month by month.

For example, instead of saying in January I’m going to have me time, I sit down at the beginning of the month to decide what I want for my me time to look like, and schedule it right then or mark it in the calendar to happen. Another thing I want to do is slowly continue to do little updates on our house. So for the month of January I wrote down 1 thing that I want to do in the house that month. Small or big, but only 1 thing. Then I thought about where Nathan and I dream to be financially, So I have it set on a monthly plan; how much we want to put into savings in the month of January.

I want this to be a great, healthy and successful year for me individually and for my family. So I want to be realistic in setting these plans and goals for myself. I want to not only make big plans for the first of the year but things that will stick for the entire year.

Something that has been helpful with this is my 2018 planner. At the beginning of every month there is a spot for your monthly mission board. IMG_0917

It includes: 

  • Me time
  • Be Social
  • Home
  • Health
  • Financial
  • Dream Big
  • Blank: God Time
  • Blank: Volunteering

So at the beginning of every month I am filling in those spots with my monthly goals. I have chosen to use my blank spaces for God time and Volunteering. This mission board is really going to help me think through what I want to do each month, to be more intentional and hopefully help me grow every year. Not a goal planned out for the entire year that I more than likely wont stick to. If you feel like a monthly mission board would also be helpful for you, I’ve created a print out that you can print, fill out and look at every month. There is power in writing it down and looking at it every day!

Your Own Monthly Mission Board or if you want to pick up your own monthly planner you get can it here.

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Sunflower Simi

April 7th is a very special day. Today we celebrate the birth of one of the most amazing women I have ever met, Simone Audra Harrison. I had the pleasure of meeting Simi 6 years ago in Uganda, Africa. From that day on I knew that I had made a friend for life. She took me under her wing and made me feel right at home. We all considered her a friend but for some of us she was “the mom” of the group.

Beautiful Bekkah, been thinking about you so much!! I just wanted to let you know that you are on my heart and I really pray that you find rest and peace in your heavenly FATHER, at this tender time! So wish that I could be sitting on your bed right now having a chat. -Simi

 

Simi taught me what it meant to truly trust Jesus, she trusted Him in every step of her life and rarely questioned it. She always encouraged me to see myself through the eyes that Christ sees me, a precious daughter of the most high king. This beautiful women had the pure and true joy of Jesus. She was always smiling, laughing or encouraging someone. And when Simi called you a friend she meant it and truly began to invest in your life.

from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. -Ephesians 4:16

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Simi is now in heaven with Jesus, something she always talked about and looked forward to. She was taken by cancer a few years back and as hard as it is for the ones of us that are still here I know she is smiling, laughing and dancing with her Savior. She would remind us all the time how she was just here on earth to do Gods work for the time being and that what she looked forward to most in life was to one day be able to meet her true love.

“Gods plans are always perfect, and HIS ways are not ours (unfortunately)… but I do hope we get to see each other again soon, but if not, we will have eternity together! What a wonderful time we will have together then!! I know that each of you, in your own special way, are radiating and shining the light of Jesus for all of those around you- and so although I want to be selfish, I know that “selflessly” we are all exactly where we are meant to be. My prayer for all of you, is that you would know the LOVE of CHRIST JESUS,  a love that goes beyond our understanding.” -Simi

I am so blessed to be able to say that I knew this beautiful women.

Happy Birthday my precious friend. I know you’re enjoying your birthday with Jesus and loving on one of my sweet babies.