Welcome to the final post in the 2022 Goal Setting Series! In Part 1, we looked back. In Part 2, we got clear on what matters. Today, in Part 3, we’re looking ahead! I’m sharing my 2022 PowerSheets goals and I can’t wait to hear yours, too!
As I completed my 2022 PowerSheets Prep and looked to the new year, I felt some things you might be feeling: anticipation, hesitation, hope—all mingled together.
I got messy with my PowerSheets prep, as I wrote through the challenges of the last year. Normally, I share a lot more photos in this series, but this year I wrote with abandon, knowing I’d just share a few. It felt so good. So very good. Page by page, as I laid down my thoughts and hopes, I felt the heaviness coming off my shoulders with each turn. Wooosh, it felt great! Then, I got right up to the point of writing my goals—with such clarity of heart and spirit, and I paused. What if these are the wrong goals? What if I don’t have enough energy for them after this year? What if I fail?
And then I laughed at myself, thinking of all the times we’ve talked about these very things together! 😊 I repeated these truths to myself (maybe you need them right now, too?):
There’s no such thing as perfect progress on a goal. All progress is imperfect. And it’s okay to be scared—sometimes being nervous means something is really important to you.
It’s okay to grow slow—in fact, it’s really good.
Striving for perfection halts real progress on the things that matter.
We can’t do it all and do it all well, but we can choose to cultivate what matters.
Small steps add up and good things grow little by little.
2020 was challenging. 2021 was challenging. 2022 may have its own challenges, too.
But, would I rather wander aimlessly and waste time second-guessing my direction? NO.
Would I be grateful I spent time on these goals at the end of 2022? YES!
Would I be sad I didn’t spend more time getting the words just right? NO.
Were the goals I was considering a GREAT start for the year? Double YES!
Imagine the end of 2022 and you’ll know: what matters is always worth taking a leap of faith. So, let’s believe in what we can’t yet see. Let’s take some steps forward (especially the ones that feel imperfect!) and, little by little, we’ll bloom where we’re planted.
One last reminder: we are always “in progress.” Your goals may be the same! As you write out your goals, remember that you don’t have to set them for the calendar year. You can choose them for just this season ahead, and pause to refresh your goals every few months. There is a Goal Refresh built into the PowerSheets for you every 90 days. There are good things ahead. I’m so ready!
With that, here’s how I’m starting fresh in 2022. This year, I chose a goal for each area of life and will focus mostly on three main areas: Health and Wellness, Family, and my Faith.
⭐️ Goal #1: Faith: Grow a constant, thriving, consistent love for You above ALL things, Lord
—Complete reading the Old Testament with friends – a two-year plan we began last January
—Begin centering prayer daily
—Write in my Bible at night (continuing this habit I started this year) and study my word of the year – revealed below!
Starting steps: Decide where and when I will do my centering prayer.
—Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. (Psalm 37:3)
—Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. (Romans 8:26)
—Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. (Jeremiah 33:3)
⭐️ Goal #2: Health and Wellness: Little by little, make Your choices each day, Lord. Seek Your wisdom and take action.
Invest in these daily habits:
—Pray for my neck healing
—14k steps daily
—Physical therapy daily
Starting steps: Set up my planning tools! I’ll use my PowerSheets and a daily planner to help me slow down, celebrate, and cultivate these daily practices. Stay tuned. Also, I’ll make my 2022 workout playlist.
—Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise. (Jeremiah 17:14)
—Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Cor 6:19-20)
⭐️ Goal #3: Family: Slow down; dig in
—Slow down. These are the only years I get with them. Shift more of my schedule to our family.
—Feast together on what is good and true and lovely. Read great books with the kids. Listen to beautiful music and feast on great ideas together.
—Take homeschool to the next level for each child.
Starting steps: Shift my schedule and use writing and planning (and stickers, dare I say?!) to notice the good, cultivate it, and slow down. Clear hindrances – make it easy to feast whenever and wherever. Set my next homeschool planning day and make adjustments.
Encouraging words: Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)
Goal #4: Marriage: Be love together – for each other, for our children, for all around us
—Read a book together
—Cheer him on (Ari started a new job in 2021)
—Pray for Ari consistently
—Be unified in our parenting and vision for our lives
Starting steps: Start the book. Plan a date.
Encouraging words: Let all that you do be done in love. (1 Corinthians 16:14)
Goal #5: Work: Be grounded, let go, the “Sabbatical year”
—This goal is deeply connected to my health and wellness goal. Step away from my desk and make space in my schedule to heal and re-create. Be grounded in the Lord’s work and let go. I’ve spent the last several years expending much emotional energy to solve work challenges. The Lord has been so very good to us in the last year. This team, y’all! I can now dig into my best tasks at work and shift some of that solving energy to my health.
—Fully step into the Visionary/Founders role. As a sole business owner, a true sabbatical isn’t possible or needed. This is about having a sabbatical mindset and shifting more of my investment of time to my health as an experiment to see if healing and creative renewal will be found. My guess is they will. I want to understand how and where I can best invest (our team Word of the Year!) my efforts and open space for my mind to focus more on the goals above.
Starting steps: Adjust my schedule. Delegate and train others to lead. Make it clear what my 80/20 is. Cut even good things for just one year.
—But the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat; and what they leave the beasts of the field may eat. You shall do likewise with your vineyard, and with your olive orchard. (Exodus 23:11)
—It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. (Psalm 127:2)
Goal #6: Finance: Rest in You, Lord
This goal is about stewardship and simplicity – finding worth and peace at the Source: God Himself. My goal is to rest in the Lord and not seek contentment in things that are fleeting.
—Complete decluttering the house and avoid adding to our lives. We’ve been in the Kondo process for a few months and are taking it slowly on purpose – my neck can’t handle big projects right now.
—Create a personal cash flow / forecast doc.
Starting steps: Chose the next space to complete. Send an email about the forecast doc.
—As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
—Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. (Psalm 116:7)
Goal #7: Friendship: Love people right here; be a lighthouse
—Focus on our neighbors, school friends, church family.
Starting steps: Let go of my phone more. Don’t overwhelm myself here. Little steps.
—And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)
—A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)
Goal #8: Recreation: Experience the joy of Your creation together, Lord. Re-creation.
—Go to wide-open places together. Be outside.
—Enjoy the garden and the birds right here.
—Consider an RV trip to national parks in the summer.
Starting steps: Make an RV “window shopping” date. Cultivate our 2022 calendar – at least through spring. Encouraging words:
—Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy. (Psalm 96:11-12)
—Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. (Psalm 150:6)
And my 2022 Word of the Year? This was a clear choice after doing my PowerSheets!
I want to be, seek and know the Lord’s peace. Today is my 42nd birthday – the perfect day to begin a deep study on shalom. May it open my eyes to more of who He is.
There you have it, friends! This is my fresh start. I’m so grateful and excited to do this year alongside you!
Dear 2022 Selves,
You know the year ahead won’t go exactly as planned (hello, lesson of the last two years!). It may not be perfect, but it sure will be meaningful. So much changed this year, but one thing remained the same: what matters. We’re saying yes to what matters and no to all the rest. You know all those things you’ve always wanted to do? They all start with small steps. 2022 selves, we’ve got you, we love you, and we’re taking small steps with great love today for YOU.
Your December 2021 Selves
Your turn! What goals are you excited about? What’s your word of the year? In sharing, you’ll be entered to win your choice of intentional tools from the Cultivate shop (YES!!). Simply comment to enter (on all three posts in this series!) and we’ll choose winners in early January. I’m including many of our sold-out products in this giveaway as well, like Green and Natural Linen PowerSheets from my personal stash. Bonus entries if you share this post with friends – just let me know in the comments.
Congrats, Jenny Fulford, Holly Halliwell, and Kelly Galyen! Keep an eye out for an email from Abbie!
P.S. A special Goal Setting Series discount just for you. 🎉 Say YES to what matters in 2022 and get 25% off anything in the shop with code SAYYES now! Code is valid through January 1. Happy shopping, friends!