Welcome to Part 1!
Friends! This post officially marks 11 years of sharing our goals together and 10 years of uncovering what matters with our PowerSheets®!
This year, in keeping with the simplicity of last year’s series, I’ll be sharing my PowerSheets process and goals here in three simple posts. You’ll find a comprehensive 5-part goal coaching series in Goal School where I walk you step-by-step through setting your 2022 goals in fun videos (and there’s an audio-only option this year, too, if you’d rather listen!). Get your PowerSheets and enjoy free access to Goal School and the series. You all are loving it!
First, let’s look back!
I’m ending this year more grateful than most. Was it because amazing, great things happened? Interestingly enough, 2021 was one of my most challenging years—and, as a result, a year I learned to cultivate gratitude and see blessings-in-disguise. I’m ending this year with more peace and clarity than other years because of one truth that never wavers with my circumstances: God is faithful. Bright spots are much easier to notice and celebrate in the dark, right?
GOOD THINGS of 2021
Uncovering the good things of 2021 took a little digging. After 2020, I started this year tired. I think a lot of us felt that way. I’m so grateful for the PowerSheets process guiding me to make little-by-little progress throughout the year, instead of feeling the urge to make major moves in January. It always surprises me (no matter how many years I’ve done this!) how small steps add up. Think about this: if a ship’s captain goes a tenth of a degree to the east, what happens? A complete change of course. It’s the same with our lives. Small things are the big things!
I went back through my calendar, photos, and the good things and challenges I shared throughout the year in my monthly posts: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November. I had forgotten many blessings until I took the time to intentionally look back and notice them.
This was the year we celebrated 15 years of marriage, went on two memorable trips with our church group, saw both sets of grandparents for the first time since the pandemic began, and enjoyed our fifth year of homeschool. Ari took a leap of faith into a new job and we marveled at God’s faithfulness on our team. I wrote in my Bible each night, read Psalms in bed, and woke up to read the Old Testament with friends each morning—a slower read through the OT in two years has been a delight.
Grace and I started something for just the two of us I hope continues for many years to come: we each have a journal that we write in together before I tuck her in. This was all Grace’s idea and I’m so proud of her for growing this daily habit. I even took her out for ice cream when she finished her first journal (we’re both on our second now!). She writes about her day and I cultivate gratitude, intentionally counting the blessings of the day. On some days, the blessings felt hard to see, but this daily practice always brought me back to my word for 2021: faithful. God is faithful in it all. Always. Even when I can’t see it or feel it, He is at work.
Through sleepless nights with health challenges and my neck injury this year, Ari and I grew closer as we wrestled with aging and discerning what to do. (More in the next posts when I share my goals for the new year.) This led to unpredictability with how I would feel each day and being more vulnerable than I’d like to be about that at work. I know so many of you experience chronic pain. Through it all, God continues to show me that He is faithful. That word was ever-present as I tried my best to mother and lead and teach each day. Our team has been a gift with all of this. I have felt so loved and supported in taking steps back at work where possible and watching each woman I work alongside own her role and lead with such grace and goodness.
More good things and things I loved:
– The garden! It was a banner year in the garden with thousands of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and beautiful blooms. It was healing for us all after 2020.
– Hawks and falcons—always. There was one in particular that soared above our house through the spring and summer, calling out and reminding me of the freedom I have in Christ. I would take walks on breaks just to see him!
– Homeschool. My favorite subjects to teach this year: the Bible, hymn study, poetry, geography, and habit study!
– The rhododendrons on Roan Mountain
– Our church family. We sat out under this big oak on our friend’s farm and worshipped the Lord each week.
– Our winter garden. We planted lots of broccoli, cabbage, kale, and cauliflower among the pansies and violas for the winter.
– Our Meyer lemon, pink lemon, and calamondin trees
– The bees! Y’all know how much I love the bees. I plant most things just for the honeybees and bumblebees; I love them so much.
– Raising Monarch butterflies with the kids this year
– Sitting on our front steps in the sun, watching the birds at our feeders: chickadees, nuthatches, bluebirds, cardinals – and a flock of cedar waxwings visited us this year!
– Josh in his happy place: PJ’s in the garden
– Praying for friends
– Praying for my husband
– Praying for my children
– My husband and children praying for me
– This book – an all-time favorite
– Losing my phone – I felt guilty for several months about forgetting text messages throughout the challenges of the year and I finally had to let go. Turns out I’m not the only one. Most people appreciate this grace for themselves, too.
– Time spent at the Honeysuckle Tea House with friends
– A beautiful light our friends, Mark and Tamera, gifted us.
– Watching The Chosen many times over
– Our kind neighbors coming over just to chat
– God‘s Word
– Clarity. There’s nothing better than being clear on what matters.
What were some of the good things from your 2021? In sharing, you’ll be entered to win your choice of intentional tools from the Cultivate shop (YES!!). Simply comment to enter 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.
Your turn! Have you been doing this series with me for years? What were some of the good things from your year? I’d love to hear. See you back here for Part 2 next week!
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