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Word of the Year: 2015

Last year I started the tradition of picking a word of the year. One word that sums up my vision for the upcoming year. In 2014, my word was cultivate. I wanted to cultivate stronger relationships, cultivate my marriage and cultivate healthy habits in my life. I’ve spent some time over the past few weeks really digging into what I want for 2015, visualizing my 2015 day to day routine, getting a grasp of how I want my life to feel inside and out. Visualizing has helped me really focus on what next year will really mean for me.

I hesitated on it for a while and tried to find synonyms that fit the same vision but were more graceful words, but the definition was perfect. “having a purpose; intentional. having or manifesting purpose; determined.” In 2015, I want every minute and every action to count and have purpose… right down to the food I eat and the time I spend online! No more putting things off, wasting time with things that don’t nurture my goals and vision for a joyful life.

Purposeful: intentional + determined.

Yes, 2015, I will rejoice every minute of you.

If you haven’t visualized and dreamed of your 2015 and found your word of the year some great resources on the subject are here:
Life as an Artistpreneur: Word (and color) of the Year
Susannah Conway Word of the Year
Lara Casey’s Goal Setting Blog Series from 2014

I’d love to hear what your word (or words) for 2015 are!

Contentment Challenge: September Goals & Guidelines

I can’t believe we’re in month three! The home stretch! The past three months have changed me. It’s changed my heart and my desires. I’ve also learned so much about myself, my strengths, my weaknesses.

“The key to contentment is to consider. Consider who you are and be satisfied with that.  Consider what you have and be satisfied with that.  Consider what God’s doing and be satisfied with that.  You will be amazed at how much more comfortable you’ll feel with yourself.  Finally, consider this: If contentment cannot be found within yourself, you’ll never find it.” – Luci Swindoll


The Contentment Challenge: Month Three
Theme: Freedom
Memorization: 1 Timothy 6:17-19 (above)
Book: The Art of Possibility

Shopping: For the final month of the Contentment Challenge I’m going to follow Nancy’s lead. “Give away some of your spending money. After 2 months of no shopping, you have probably accumulated some extra cash. If you haven’t already put it towards something else, save some this month and put it towards a good cause. Whether it’s a family who needs help, a ministry or organization, or simply paying for a stranger’s coffee or lunch, do something that brings someone else joy! I promise, you will see how much joy it brings to you.”

Eating Well: This month for me is about eating cleaner (focusing on fresh, unprocessed foods) and eating local. On the Saturdays I’m not working I’m going to stock up with meats, fruits and vegetables from the farmer’s market and when I can I’m going to shop at the little farm near our house for other house necessities. There are so many options around us but often we’re just so busy we don’t end up at the grocery store until 10pm after our workout. I’m going to do more pre-planning for meals and get the foods we need in advance.

Moving More: I’ve decided that every day in September I’m going to workout. Every single day. This challenge has helped create motivation for me to workout, but I still find myself really dreading the gym. So, for September I’m going to go to the gym as many days as possible and the days that I can’t/don’t, I’m going to run. I really want to get that mindset back that I used to have when going to the gym was a part of my routine and not something I dreaded and would try to make every excuse not to do.

I’d love to hear how y’all are doing! What are your September goals?

Contentment Challenge: August Goals & Guidelines

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder

I can’t believe this post is so delayed! July was completely overwhelming with unplanned last minute visitors and projects and it seems July ran right into August without time ever stopping for me!

For those that have joined in… how was Month One for you? It was a challenge for me and I struggled at times, but those struggles have been so rewarding and eye opening! Going on this journey with a focus to get healthier and simplify life has totally changed my perspective on things. It was so much easier donating clothes I had no interest in or didn’t ever wear… and I didn’t keep anything that wouldn’t be worn in the next year. There wasn’t any thinking of “someday I’ll fit in this again…” I didn’t want to keep things just because I might fit in them again someday because when/if that day comes, my style will be different and chance of me wearing those clothes are slim to none anyway. Nobody needs as many clothes as I had/have in my closet. And I would rather these clothes belong to someone who will use them and love them. One of the greatest things about generosity is the realization that we already have enough.

This is only 1/3 of what I had. When this photo was taken, my closet was still full and there was 2 bags of donation clothes on the floor.

Aside from my one load of laundry this is all the clothes I own now: workout clothes (half of my closet is workout clothes), tanks, tops, cardigans, hoodies, sweaters… it’s all there. It’s so freeing to actually know every article of clothing in there. I had so much previously that I had clothes I’d forgotten about, clothes that were just taking up space.

The Contentment Challenge: Month Two
Theme: Gratitude
Memorization: Colossians 2:6-7 “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.”
Book: Mindset by Carol Dweck

Shopping: Month two is about using what you have to the fullest and being grateful for what we have. This month go shopping in your closet and create 10-15 different outfit combinations. A fun way to do this is have a friend come over and help put together outfits! For outfit inspiration I love following my sweet friend, Caroline Joy, who has more style in her pinky than I have in my entire body. She has a blog called Unfancy that has loads of information and inspiration about capsule wardrobes!

Eating Well: I’m kicking this up a notch this month. I’ve realized that a major part of my issue with food is that I go very long periods without eating, then end up eating too much of unhealthy foods. Due to that, I’ve decided to start tracking my foods. I bought a food scale and am focusing on meeting a specific number of protein/carb/and fat goals every day. I’ve been doing this a week now and have actually really enjoyed learning what macronutrients different foods contain and trying to find combinations to meet my daily goals. Also, I’ve realized that I have to eat A LOT of food to hit my goals.

Moving More: Now that I’ve built up more motivation and am focusing on consistency I’ve created a workout plan. Two days a week of running (short runs), two days a week of heavy weights at the gym and 5 days a week of T25 at home workouts. I’m upping the ante a bit here because I have some events on my calendar I want to feel more comfortable for. No weight goals. I just want to be comfortable in my skin, regardless of my size, and the more I workout and the better I eat, the more confident I feel. Period.

I’d love to hear how y’all are doing! What are your August goals?

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