Happy New Year: Goals for 2018

Happy New Year everyone! I’ve spent some time thinking and praying for this new year, and I have such hope for this year. Last year was pretty amazing- I went on my first plane ride, and have done quite a few things that make me proud, but I just know this year is going to be different. This Christmas season, I feel like God has been trying to teach me a lesson on unexpected changes and change in general. It was unlike every Christmas I can remember- and I embraced it instead of rejecting it. I had such a lovely time. It was peaceful and perfect.

Something I’ve been thinking about for this year is to live intentionally. That phrase kept repeating over and over in my mind and I’ve had some time to reflect on it. It’s not about having good intentions, rather it’s about spending time with my family and friends intentionally. Spending intentionally. Working and studying and going to school intentionally. Having intentional faith. If you think about it, living intentionally can be about every aspect of our lives. To this end, I’ve decided to do something really drastic, at least in my opinion. Some time ago, I read an opinion piece in the New York Times by Ann Patchett. She’s an author I look up to, and she wrote about her year of no spending. (If you’re interested, it’s a great read). It gave me a lot to think about and I’ve decided to have a no shopping year myself. I’ve allowed myself exceptions, such as necessities and school supplies, but aside from that, I am challenging myself to not shop. This may be the hardest thing I have done, to be truthful. I’m looking forward to putting together a years worth of outfits from my current wardrobe, and the challenges that come with it.

I have to be honest, I’m already feeling the burn, because there are so many great sales happening right now. But I know this is important to me, especially as I try to live intentionally. I will keep blogging and let you all know how it is going!

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