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!
I’m about to dig into my prep work today, and so excited to do it. I’m always inspired by how you focus your goals around the Lord. The encouraging words section being solely scripture is something I most definitely want to do this year!
I get so much inspiration and encouragement from this community, Holly! I’m so grateful you’re here.
Happy Birthday! I have narrowed down my word of the year to two choices and I am really excited about both of them even though they feel very different- instrument an restore. So I’m praying about which direction to take. Either way, the last two years I have focused on fairly internal goals and this year I still have a few of those, but I feel called to expand my focus outward and be an instrument of restoration.
Peace has been huge for me. Was one of my top choices for WOTY. I’m sitting on a phrase… Look Up/ lean in(on?) and Be Grounded …. working on a phrase that reminds me to seek God in all I do while not getting lost in the cares of this world. We are moving into our 1st home the start of January. There are gonna be so many new things ( we get to plant a garden!!! 😀). I don’t do well with change & either do my kids. So when all this newness comes, and I start to freak out or stress, I wanna look to God,cast my carew, take that gift of peace he has given me, and center in on and be with my family. 🥰
Thank you SO much, Amanda! This is so amazing to hear about your growth and progress through the words you’ve chosen. I can’t wait to hear about these words help you live out your goals!
Yes!! Love these goals, thank you for sharing!! I love hearing your goals and the heart behind them.
My goals are: to grow strong in the joy of the Lord, to finish paying off my university debt, to lose weight while maintaining my physical/hormonal/mental health, to decorate my home as part of the Cozy Minimalist principles, to love our community well, and to grow as a teacher – as a strong, confident, and fun lesson planner. This is the first year I’ve set more finish line goals, rather than habits focused goal setting. I’m excited to aim high and see where that takes me!
My word of the year is strong, a reference to Nehemiah 8:10 (be strong in the joy of the Lord!). I’ve really enjoyed using a word of the year focused on my spiritual goal, more than picking one that encapsulates all the other stuff I want to do.
I am so excited and energized by your goals, Jenny! Can’t wait to see your strength increase in the Lord this year.
I have come to love the word “shalom” and its meaning! Happy Birthday to you, Lara! May 2022 be filled with shalom for you and your family!
Happy Birthday! This has been so helpful – thanks! My word has recently changed as I have started to dig in to my PowerSheets. I think it will be delight.
Me too, Monica! Thank you so much for your kind wishes. I’m so excited about the year ahead with all of you.
Happy Birthday! I’m focusing on health & wellness in my goals this year too. Several involve cultivating this area…one for mental health, one for nourishing our family well. I also have in one of my goals for us to spend more time outside. Cultivating rest (both physical & mental) is so important to running this race of life well…I have it in my goals also & I’m cheering you on as we both do this together! Thanks for sharing these & hope you have a terrific birthday.
Thank you, Ashley! This is such a gift to me. I am rooting for you and your year ahead!
My word for 2022 is self-control. It was rest in 2021 as I learned to be kinder to myself when I didn’t attain certain things. However, this is a year I have bigger goals to work on and will need self-control to take the steps necessary. The one I’m most excited about is teaching the book of Genesis in 2022. It will be challenging to keep up with my studies and work full-time.
I’m so excited for you to teach Genesis, Joy! I’m encouraged by how the rest you had in 2021 is preparing you for this year ahead. Excited to see the fruit of self-control grow in you!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LARA! I am so glad you were born! Cue the confetti canons! 🙂
My word for the year is AUTHENTICITY. At first I thought it would be MARGIN, but as I did my power sheets prep work I realized that Authenticity has margin as a part of it–it means that I have to really listen to myself (listen was my word in 2021!) and give myself what I *need*. And that might be rest. It might be a good workout. It might be doing the hard thing. And it might be saying no! But I want to be authentically myself this year–to free myself from what other people might think of me, to really be the person God created me to be. And to do that, I have to have margin and silence! 🙂
I have three big goals this year. Some of them have been long time progress, but now I can move forward:
1) Finances: I’m working the Dave Ramsey baby steps and now I’m on step 2! Yay!!!! In addition to this, as I’ve read through the Bible in 2021, I’ve realized that God talks a lot about tithing. I’ve always tithed, but now I want to work up to giving 10% of my income to my church and to charities. I really know God is asking me to step out in faith here!
I won’t finish all of baby step 2 in 2022, but I can make big progress!
2) To continue to work on my health–2020 was a HUGE step back in this direction as I’m sure it was for many people, and 2021 has had its own challenges! So I want to keep telling myself that I *can* be as healthy as *I* can be (that goes back to Authenticity) and I have a plan to do this!
3) To “re-create” my home (recreate? RE-CREATE! 🙂 ) to reflect what I love, what I need, what my taste is, and to create a place that is relaxing and comforting for me and so I can provide hospitality! I’ve been working on this on and off in both 2020 and 2021 and I have made progress, but I can do a *lot* more in this area, and I want to do more!
I so admire your diligence and focus. I love your heart in your goals too, Emily! Thank you so much for the birthday confetti. I am SO grateful for you!
Hooray for fresh starts! It sounds like you have a great plan for stewarding the days set before you. I’m looking forward to the little by little progress ahead. One thing I want to be better at this year is loving my community of family and friends. To start, I bought all the birthday, anniversary and holiday cards for the upcoming year. It’s a joy to celebrate alongside those I hold dear!
I love your heart for others, Christine. You are cultivating meaningful relationships in such special, sweet ways.
My word of the year is Progress. I want to keep reminding myself that even a tiny step taken is progress, and free myself from feeling like I have to do it all at once. A few of my key goals are: Spend & save wisely (finances); Rely on Jesus (spiritual/mental health); Put in the work (marriage).
I love that you used scripture for encouraging words and how you set a goal for each category! I’m still going through the prep work, but am thinking my focus goals will be about Spouse, Family, Faith. I think my word may be Led.
This post was so inspiring. After 2 years of a little crazy it’s great to refocus on what matters.
For me it’s “Intentional” I’m going to be intentional in my time, my faith, marriage and business. Thank you for all you do for women and for me!
The past two years have been crazy! PowerSheets have been so helpful to me to help me stay focused on what really matters when the world says otherwise. It’s truly a joy to do it, Melissa!
It is very helpful for me to focus my mind on His word, and it reminds me of the goal. I’m grateful it encouraged you, Laura!
You can’t do it all and do it all well. I am so renewed by your focus on 3 key goals, Tabitha. Rooting for your year ahead!
I love the word Shalom. As a word with so many meanings, it’s very powerful.
HELLO to new habits, health, and adventures
GOODBYE to things that don’t serve you in this phase of life
PEACE in home, work, and life.
Best of luck with your goals this year!
Wow, Brooke, I love how you illuminated this word — I LOVE this! Thank you! Same to you! 💛
Shalom is a lovely word for you this year, Lara. In the past couple years I have been really drawn to the idea of a rhythm of sabbatical on a regular basis, and I think that purposefully taking a year for peace and rest is so wise and will only benefit you, your family, and your team.
My word for 2022 is Dignity. I want to end 2022 with a greater sense of composure and confidence, honor my marriage and friendships, and make sure that when I spend money, I am spending it in ways and places that add dignity to others and to the world around me.
PS – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
Thank you so much for this encouragement and these kind words, Rachel! Your word of the year choice is so unique. I love your perspective and intention behind it!
My word for the year is going to be “Enough”. I am enough. I have enough. I have eaten enough. I have shopped enough. I think you get the idea. Lol my goals for 2022 are to honor my body. Schedule time for things that bring me joy/read 22 books/have more fun and recreation. Dig deeper into the gospels of the Bible. Improve my prayer life. Live a content life and dedicate 2022 as a no spend year. Love my people with all my heart. Steward my resources wisely.
Lara- I also have significant neck pain for the past two years. I have “military neck” (no curvature of the c spine) arthritis and a herniated disc. Thank you for being vulnerable and sharing that part of your journey with us. I have gone through physical therapy, chiropractic, deep tissue massage, stretching, therapy (for stress/ anxiety/ depression) and the next step is pain management. I pray healing over your neck and mine. I don’t often pray for myself. I just listened to Valerie Woerners podcast (I found her through YOU!) and she was talking about praying over her physical needs. How did I NOT do that before? So grateful for you and the powersheets.
Thank you so much, Susan, for sharing your goals with me. I’m also so grateful to have heard of your experience with neck pain. Thank you so much for the prayers. They are truly a gift to me!
Thanks to the Facebook group, I have an accounts partner! I can’t wait to share this post with her and I’m so excited to get started cultivating in 2022! Happy Birthday to you Lara! Blessings to you in your 42nd year and in 2022!
So grateful for you and all of the members in that group! They are so encouraging and helpful. Thank you so much for the birthday wishes. I am SO grateful!
I’m excited to grow in health and in my prayer life. I’ve struggled to be consistent the past few years and really want to make it a big focus. Wanting to get healthier in preparation of (God willing!) getting pregnant with our first baby and feeling well overall. Word of the year is healing!
Excited to see you heal well, little by little, Kelly! I am so excited to see how it prepares you for upcoming seasons the Lord may have for you.
My word of the year is “No.” I promised my husband that, at least for the next few months, I would not take on any new speaking engagements or projects (beyond those I’ve already agreed to). I realized that over the course of 2021, I took on too much and pushed myself near the point of burnout. One of my yearly goals is to read at least one book a month. I also want to make exercise a habit and practice self-care. And I want to finish book #3, declutter/make space, and cultivate my relationships. Each of these will require space in my calendar, space in my days, hence the “No.”
No can often be marked as a “bad” word, yet it can give us so much freedom. I’m so excited to see how it frees you up to cultivate what REALLY matters in your life this season.
Happy Birthday, Lara and what an inspirational set of goals and words of wisdom. My word of the year is simplify. I have spent years focusing on cramming everything into less space or less time and telling myself that the overwhelm of it all was an absolute in life. Yet after several years of reading, reflection, and participating in this amazing community, I have come to embrace that God did not design me to “do all the things” and it is not a moral failing to say no. This year I am prioritizing my physical and mental well-being so I can be present and give my best self to my family, friends, and colleagues. I will capitalize on my time away from work to foster a sense of adventure and exploration. I will build family memories and take time to reflect on the wonder of every day moments through the eyes of my children. Finally, I will cultivate a home of respite and rejoice in the gifts our Creator has blessed our family with.
Thank you so much for the birthday wishes, Stephanie! I love the way you put that — “it is no moral failing to say no.” I couldn’t agree more, and I’m inspired by your perspective.
While it is so great to see you empower your team, it is wonderful to be able to come back here, year after year, and watch you grow as a leader, cheerleader, and mentor. I cannot wait to see you embrace the visionary role alongside everything else you have set out to achieve within your family and in your home next year. My goals for 2022 center around deepening my most important relationships: personal, professional, spiritual, and community.
I hope you have a fabulous evening celebrating your birthday and ringing in the new year!
Oh this means the world, Kim! I am so encouraged by these words from you. We celebrated together, and it was so wonderful. Thank you again!
My Word of the Year is Momentum. Momentum in moving forward away *hopefully* from Corona, Momentum for accepting my family and helping them to become their best selves, and momentum for me to take care of myself better. If I am not my best, then no one can be.
I love your posts and podcasts, and will miss seeing them, but taking time for you on your sabbatical is so important to your own self care. Happy shared birthday to both of us.
Was it your birthday too, Lisa? Happy birthday to you as well! I’m SO grateful to share a birthday with you. I love your word momentum as it’s so unique.
My word for 2022 is worship. I want all of my goals to come from a place of using my whole life to worship Jesus. Some of my goals include: implementing rhythms and routines of healthy eating, regular exercise, and skincare to worship God with my body; working with my husband to make our family a team, not just people living different lives in the same house; and making our home a place we can invite others into and practice hospitality.
Crystal, I love the heart behind this word. Our whole lives can be an offering to Him!
And I emailed this blog post series to my goal-setting friends. 🙂
Thank YOU so much for sharing with friends!
I’m still finishing off my prep work but at the moment I’m thinking my word of the year will be ‘Cultivate’. Looking forward to finishing off my prep work.
I may be biased, but you know I’m a big fan of that word. Ha, rooting for your cultivating, Rebecca!
Happy belated birthday, Lara! I, too, turned 42 recently (12/22 baby here). Love your goals. I added reading a book with my husband when I read your goals with Ari. I really like that idea. We rarely read the same genre, so this should be interesting. My word of the year is Persevere. I gave up on my PowerSheets about midway through 2021. I just didn’t have the heart to try to plan to have things not happen. SO, I’m back. Just finished my prep work and a lot of my 2022 looks the same as 2021 and I vow to persevere through this year and come to the end of it with more accomplished. I’ve got some big goals and I am really stoked about it. I’m focusing on my wellbeing, building my faith, and doing stuff that brings me joy.
Happy belated birthday to you as well, Sara! I appreciate the birthday wishes. I understand your discouragement. I’ve been there too. Perseverance is such a beautiful process when we watch ourselves overcome and keep going, little by little.
I’ve done the prep work, written out my goals and do my tending list today. I am committed to myself in 2022!
Yay, cheers to 2022 together, Candice!
My word this year is Pilgrim. Being a pilgrim passing through and not putting roots too deep in this world.
Your heavenly perspective and sight is so refreshing, Joanna!
I needed the truths of these reminders so much as I continue to work on my planning sheets. It’s so easy to get discouraged thinking that not enough progress has been made on some past goals and a few new ones feel unattainable. Susie Larson says, “Don’t believe lies even if they feel true.” Thanks for the reminder!
I’m so grateful some of my story could be helpful to you, Becky!
I am most excited about my health goal/s this year. They are so needed and I feel my body craving them! My word of the year is trust. <3
Moving our bodies can feel so good and fun too! I love the word trust. I remind myself often of how important it is to trust in Him with all things.
I am excited about the goal of being solid (also my word of the year): solid in my relationship with God, solid in myself/identity/personality/interests, solid despite the impending end of my marriage, solid even in friendships that ebb and flow, solid in a commitment to my physical health through daily walks, and solid, steady soaking in God’s word
Staying sold can be so challenging when things shift and change. I admire your desire to remain steadfast and secure, Alice. Praying for your year ahead!
Thank you Lara!
So excited to start!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!
You’re going to love the process, Laiz. The beauty is in the journey, not in the destination. Glad you’re here!
My word of the year is Hope. In 2021 my life changed when God showed me truth in His Word and gave me hope of salvation in the simple message of the Gospel. Before I belonged to a church that was works based and I spent most of my life thinking I would never be saved. Now I have hope. And for the first time I’m reading my Bible to get to know my Savior and my Hod who loves me (and you) so much that He made a way for me to be with Him. One of my goals is to cultivate my prayer life. I’m in my 40’s and I’m learning how to pray deeper heartfelt prayers. For our anniversary my husband got me a prayer journal and I’m so excited to use it.
I am rejoicing over you, Jan. This is so encouraging to hear. I’m inspired by your love for the Lord and by your desire to have a deeper prayer life. Please keep me updated as this comes alive in your life this year. I can’t wait to hear more!
This brought tears of joy to my eyes. 🥰 Praying for you!
My word for the year is resurrender, inspired by the Hillsong Worship song with Brooke Ligertwood. I want to do a better job of surrendering to Him daily and seeking Him first.
This is so beautiful, Abby! I am encouraged and inspired by your desire to keep surrendering to Him over and over again.