How Many Questions Do You Have?

We are smack dab in the middle of Lent. Lent is the season in the church year before Easter where we reflect on the work Christ has done for us on the cross, remember our baptism, and reflect on what Christ’s love means for us as His child.

This Lent I am reading through the book of Exodus. It is one of my favorites. One of the things that sticks out to me is Moses and his encounter with God at the burning bush. (Exodus 3:1 – 4:17) I find Moses extremely relatable because if you read through the story Moses has just about every question or excuse for God not to use him to help lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Lets walk through the story together.

First, God tells Moses that He sees the misery of His people and is going to rescue them from the Egyptians. God says he is going to lead them into a good and spacious land. God then tells Moses, “I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” (Ex 3:10)

Moses is a bit reluctant. “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (3:11)

God’s answer is simple. “I will be with you.”

Here is where the questions and excuses really start. I picture Moses to be pacing with one hand on his hip and one hand on his chin because at this point he is a little panicked about what God just asked him to do. He then asks God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” (3:13). Again, God gives Moses a straight answer, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.” God gives Moses a few more instructions and then Moses has ANOTHER question even though God has reassured him that He would be with him.

“What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you’?” (4:1)   At this point I find it comical the questions Moses is asking because of how relatable they are. How many times have I done the same thing? Anyway, let us continue.

Moses asks God this question and God gives him three miraculous signs to show them. The first one being Moses’ staff being thrown on the ground and becoming a snake. The second is Moses putting his hand into the cloak, it turning leprous, and then becoming normal again. The third sign is Moses taking water from the Nile and pouring it over dry land. The water would then turn to blood.

This is where I imagine major panic has set in Moses’ mind. After seeing God show him that he would be with him and showing him these miraculous signs to help prove it, Moses has another excuse thrown up his sleeve to pull out. One more thing that will maybe sway God to ask someone else to do it.

Moses says, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” At this point I feel as though we can all relate to the questions Moses is asking, but this is not even the best one. God tells Moses he will help him speak and teach him what to say.

Finally, Moses just gets right to the point and says, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.”

(Cringing face happening as I read this part)

Am I the only person who can relate to the feelings behind these questions? In our women’s Bible study on Wednesdays we have been talking about how we can share the good of Jesus with others. We talk about how those opportunities come at random times and sometimes you might be caught off guard and how it can be a little intimidating to come up with what you want to say right on the spot. I think we put too much pressure on ourselves to have the perfect thing to say when we should really be honest and vulnerable and share how we have seen God work in our lives and let the Spirit help guide what to say because He will.

It is really easy for us to shove off opportunities for things when they come our way because it might be scary or hard or inconvenient. When faced with intimidating opportunities we might think things like I do not have the skills for this, I do not have the time for this, I do not the courage for this. God will you please get someone else to do it?!  

I will let you think for yourself if you have had a thought like that, but I know I have.

I believe those thoughts come from trying to do it all yourself and being your own savior when we should be leaning on God, who actually is our savior, for support, strength, and wisdom to make the most of the opportunities He presents us. We can rest on the promise that God will be with us through everything. This is a promise made over and over again throughout the Old and New Testaments. Next time a seemingly overwhelming or scary opportunity comes up lean on God and know He is with you through it all.

Until next week,

Peace and Love.


2018 Goal Update – Month 2

Alright friends, I am going to be honest. I feel as though I dropped the ball on many of my goals for this month, but going into March I feel more confident than ever that I can and will achieve all 7 goals.


I recently got back from a ministry conference in Phoenix, Arizona. I left feeling pretty empty and down, but I am back feeling refreshed and happy to have seen other friends across the country. During this conference I got to meet and network with so many new people who work in churches across the USA. I also got to catch up with friends I do not get to see very often. Honestly, it was so needed to be able to talk things out that have been weighing my heart down with people who totally understand where you are coming from.


Why I bring up the conference is because the feelings I had been feeling before I left played into why I have been so unmotivated. Not that this is an excuse, but it happens. Life happens. You pick yourself up and get going forward again. Now, let me dive in and tell you all about what has happened this month with these goals.


Blog 1 to 2 times per week.


For the month of February I will have only posted 2 blogs. I had every intention of writing while in Phoenix, but I was super busy and took the moments of free time to relax and catch up with friends. I know that it better to be consistent with writing, but sometimes other things are more important.


Finish writing my book.


Last month I talked about me being in the research stage of writing my book and I am still in that stage. With being gone last week and then the week before I was trying to get everything for the week I was gone done, I did not get a whole lot of progress made. My plan for March is to actually start the first draft and have at least a few chapters written.


Swim 400 miles or (660,000 yards)


In January I swam a total of 10,000 yards. My goal for February was 30,000 yards. I did half that… I got to 15,000 yards. I was hoping to get some swimming done in Phoenix, but it was only 60 degrees, which is way nicer than Seattle, but not warm enough to swim outside. So my total to date is 25,000 yards. Not a big chunk. This month I am aiming for 50,000 yards swam. That comes out to about 1613 yards every day. Of course there will be days I swim more and some I swim less, but the March goal is 50,000 and I am determined to make it!


Read 1 book a month for fun.


This one I did not fail on! This month I read What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen by Kate Fagan. Kate Fagan is an ESPN commentator and journalist. This book is something I would recommend every single parent read who has a child in their teens or young adult years. The book is written about a University of Pennsylvania college freshman named Madison Holleran. Madison committed suicide and shocked everyone who ever knew her. Madison seemed like she had it all together. She was a rock solid student, talented athlete who was recruited to U Penn for track and she was extremely popular. This book explores the struggle of people suffering from mental illness and the pressures teens face to make it seem like they have it all together. Honestly, I cried reading this book. I had heard about Madison a few years ago and when this book came out I knew I had to read it. Working with teens I see them facing so many pressures that adults do not understand because they are growing up in such a different time. This book does a great job of digging deep into the issues of mental illness, the pressures to be perfect, and the culture of social media. This was the best book I have read in a very long time. I would rate this book 5 out 5 stars.


Daily devotion, prayer, and Bible reading time.


I feel that I am happy with my prayer and devotional life right now. My relationship with God seems to be more connected than it has been the last few months and I will keep trusting that he is there and hears me. It is the season of Lent and right now I am going through a study with an online devotion called She Reads Truth. If you are a woman and want an online devotional to read every day I would recommend this one. They also have an app you can download.


Stop obsessing over my body.


This is hard. Diet culture is EVERYWHERE and just when I think I am in a good place something will sling shot me back to obsessing over food. It is frustrating when I know how I should be thinking. I read an intriguing quote the other day that said, “ If you have to restrict, purge, over-exercise, or punish yourself in order to stay there, your body is NOT meant to be at that weight.” I am not positive on who said this quote, but it the biggest truth bomb I have seen in a long time.  When I am doing healthy things with my body I have a certain set point at which my body stays. Is it the society standard of a “healthy” body. No. Am I self conscious about this fact? Absolutely, but I know that when I am eating a balanced diet, not withholding things I love, and not overworking my body at the gym that my body is where it is supposed to be. Some days that is easier said than done, but I am at a point where it is not a constant battle anymore. In my book that is a win.


Get out of my comfort zone. Take more risks.


As you have gathered from reading my other blogs I am very much an introvert. Conferences are very draining to me usually because it takes energy for me to put on my extroverted side around a bunch of people I do not know. However, this conference was awesome because I knew a fair amount of people which then gave me the confidence to talk to people I did not know at all. I went to this same conference two years ago as an intern and from then to now I have grown in confidence of who I am as a DCE. Who knows, maybe one day I will be a super extroverted person! Ya right, but for now I am happy with the steps I took out of my comfort zone.


Well there ya have it folks. The good and the bad. Hopefully March will have better updates.


Until next week.


Peace and Love.

A Love that Will Truly Last

This past Sunday Phillip and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary. It is crazy to think it has been an entire year since we stood in front of our family, friends, and God to vow to love each other through thick and thin. It has been a wonderful year. I am not sure who said that the first year of marriage is the hardest, but this was not the case for us. At least from my point of view.


Marriage has been everything I expected and so much more. It is romantic and ordinary, spontaneous and yet full of routine, comfortable and always challenging you to grow. It is good days and bad days. It is patience and kindness after a long day. It is knowing I will be loved, cared for, and protected by the one who publicly vowed those things to me. It is love.


Love is pretty much the theme of February. As soon as the New Year is over we start seeing big heart shaped balloons and chocolate candy filled boxes roll into the store shelves. We see valentines made for elementary students to give to each other. We see rows of cards for us to buy our significant others. All this build up to a day for people to announce their love for each other, but all this excitement about love quickly fades after the day over. The cards get thrown away, the chocolate is eaten, and decorations for St. Patrick’s Day takes over where the Valentine’s decorations just were.


We throw the word love around so casually that sometimes I think people do not truly think about the deep feelings that come with love. We love our friends. We love our house. We love our job (hopefully). We love chocolate. We love our significant other. We obviously do not feel the same way about all of those things. We love our significant others more than chocolate…I would hope. There are different kinds of love, but there is one love that is truly greater than the rest. A love that will truly last. That is God’s love for His people.


In a world that can seem so dark, our light and anchor to hold onto is Christ. When we feel unloved or unloveable we must remember his work on the cross for us. When we feel alone and down we cling to the rock that is that God gave his only Son, Jesus, to come to Earth, live the perfect life, die a horrible death, rise again from the grave all to show His perfect love for us.


Christ died for YOU.


God loves YOU that much.


There is a reading I like to do every once in a while. It is a meditation based on the teachings of St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. It is called I Thirst. There is one portion of the reading that really pertains to this. The meditation is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. It is written,


“I know especially of your need for love – how you are thirsting to be loved and cherished. But how often have you thirsted in vain, by seeking that love selfishly, striving to fill the emptiness inside you with passing pleasure – with the even greater emptiness of sin. Do you thirst for love? ‘Come to me all you who thirst’ (John 7:37). I will satisfy you and fill you. Do you thirst to be cherished? I cherish you more than you can imagine – to the point of dying on the cross for you.”  


Let those words fill your soul for a minute.


God cherishes you that much.


Valentine’s Day was yesterday, but it was also a much more important day. It was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. How fitting for Ash Wednesday to also be the day we celebrate love. Christ’s love is the truest love, the most permanent, and the most fulfilling love. This Lent and Easter season seek the love that will truly last and you will find Jesus with arms wide open.


Until next week,


Peace and love.


2018 Goals – Update #1

I heard on the radio that January 12 is the most common day people quit their resolutions.

I am not sure if that is accurate, but it is now February 1st.

How are you doing on your goals for the year? Have you risen to the occasion and made steps toward completing them? Have you forgotten all about them?

My first blog of the month I committed to keeping myself accountable to my goals and to report my progress each month. January has come and gone so it is now time to see how the first month went. Honestly, it went better than expected. I set 7 large goals for myself for the year and I am proud with how things have started off. To refresh your memory those 7 goals were:

Blog 1 to 2 times per week.

Finish writing my book.

Swim 400 miles or (660,000 yards)

Read 1 book a month for fun.

Daily devotion, prayer, and Bible reading time.

Stop obsessing over my body.

Get out of my comfort zone. Take more risks.

Now I am going to go into depth about each of these.


  1. Blog 1 or 2 times a week.


So far so good on this one. I am starting with just one post a week for the first couple months with a plan to increase to 2. I have planned out what I will be writing about each week from now until the end of June. I believe that planning ahead is key to being consistent with blogging. If there is one thing I have learned so far it is that consistency makes your writing better. You cannot expect to get better at writing if you are not writing constantly.


  1. Finish writing my book


I have big writing goals for this year. It is something I love to do, because I can get all the gunk that clogs up my brain and get it out onto paper and hopefully turn it into something worthwhile. Writing has been something I have loved since elementary school. I can remember sitting and writing in notebooks for hours. I never knew if I was really good at writing, but in the last three years I have learned that it does not matter if other people believe I am good writer or not. I write for myself and if I like it then that is all that matters. For my book I am in the research phase. I have an outline of where I want my book to go and what I imagine the plot to be, but right now I am doing research.


  1. Swim 400 miles (660,000 yards)


I love swimming. It is a way for me to exercise that does not feel like something I have to do. It has been the perfect thing to help me keep up my cardio while healing from running injuries. Swimming is a great escape for me because all I concentrate on is my breath, form, and speed. I do not have any other thoughts on my mind when I am in the pool. That being said this month I did not want to overdo it by swimming 3000 yards every day. I wanted to ease into it and make sure my form for each stroke is correct so I do not get injured and I am building speed to get more yards in less time. This month I have completed 10,000 yards. For February my goal is 30,000 more yards. I will be out of town for 5 days for work so that will take out some swim days.


  1. Read 1 book a month for fun


I love to read and I do a lot of reading for my job, but I have lost time to read books for fun. This month I read The Other Side of Beauty by Leah Darrow. This book was wonderful and I highly recommend women of all ages from teens to elders to read this book. Leah gives her personal story of her time on America’s Next Top Model and working as a model in New York City. She talks about the impact chasing worldly beauty has on us as women and what the true beauty of God is. She gives her testimony beautifully, but what I loved most was that it was not just her writing about all the harmful things that come with chasing the world beauty standard, but she gives practical advice on how to be a Godly woman. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.


  1. Daily devotion, prayer, time in my Bible


Last week’s blog I opened up about my spiritual journey the last couple weeks and that it has not been the greatest. This has lead me to trying different things with my devotional time each day. I have tried different styles of prayer and meditation. I have tried different ways of reading scripture. Honestly it has been fun to get out of my normal routine. Here is to continuing trying new styles of devotion. God is good!


  1. Stop obsessing over my body


This goal is something I am going to work really hard on, and some days I feel as though I have conquered it and other days I completely fail. Honestly, from the standpoint of where I was two and three years ago I have come a long way. I do not do mirror checks every morning and I have stopped weighing myself for the time being. There are days when I get out of the pool and I feel so strong and proud of the work my body just did and there are no negative thoughts that are swimming in my head. Other days I wake up and try to get dressed for work and feel completely defeated  and not beautiful. The book I read this month (see point 3) has really helped me shift my perspective on beauty and I truly see a difference in my thinking. There are so many other important things in the world to worry about besides if my body is fitting some world standard that no one can achieve. Also, why should I care about a standard that I did not set and God surely did not set? I am a God made woman and I am going to live like it.


  1. Take more risks and get out of my comfort zone


I am an introvert. Talking to people I do not know is hard and I am awkward at it. I can turn on my extroverted side when I need to, but I hate it. However, this month I have made some new friends, which does not seem like a risk, but making new friends as an adult is not always the easiest thing to do. There is a term called the Seattle Freeze and it is a real thing. If you ask people who have moved here from other parts of the country most will agree that people in Seattle are friendly, but are not quick to invite you into their already formed friend group. Now that is not always true and honestly I think part of that is because making friends as adults is harder than it was in school. That being said, I have made some pretty great friends out here and I count that as a win and a risk. A risk because any time you put yourself out there, whether that be romantically or just looking for a friend, there is a risk of being rejected and nobody wants that. Other than making some new friends I have not had many other opportunities to get out of my comfort zone, but I am keeping my eyes peeled.


So there it is my friends. Progress report number 1. Thank you for all your support!


Peace and Love.

4 Things I’ve Learned While Waiting



A verb that, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, means to stay in place in expectation of.


I am just now exiting a season of waiting. For the last couple of weeks I had been waiting for God to not seem so silent. For Him to not seem so far away, and honestly, it was hard and it was LONG. What I was feeling was me trying to deal with the fact that God seemed to be silent or that he was feeling a little farther away than usual, but I knew the truth. The truth is that he was and is right here with me, but that did not make this season of waiting any easier.


While all this had been going on I was thinking what is God trying to teach me? What can I learn during this wait? Well I have come up with four things so far.


  1. It is uncomfortable.


It is uncomfortable because it makes you think. One of the things that I needed to think about was if I was only feeling this disconnect with God because he was not answering prayers the way I wanted. Obviously, I am a planner and I had a plan and I wanted things to be on my timeline. When that did not happen I got frustrated. However, this is not the only time I have told God what my plan was and it did not go my way.  How many times do we do this? We pray and we tell God how awesome we think it will be to do something on our timelines and then get frustrated when we do not get our way. In the last couple weeks I have come to the conclusion that God must shake his head at me multiple times a day saying, “Girl, have I not provided for you for your whole life? I got your back, just trust me. I love you.”


It is uncomfortable to be out of control of a situation. It is uncomfortable to not know when exactly something is going to happen for you or if something will happen for you. It is uncomfortable when things seem to be happening for others at the exact time they want, but here you are waiting. It is uncomfortable for God to feel silent. For Him to feel just out of reach. Lastly, it is uncomfortable because we can realize that we spend far too much time thinking about what we want and being self focused that we lose focus on Jesus. God is not a genie. He is not a magic 8 ball. He is our father who cares for us, provides for us, and loves us immensely more than we can imagine. He listens to the prayers we cry and His love for us is true. So I have learned that yes, this waiting period was uncomfortable, but he was right by me all along and sometimes a little discomfort does the soul some good.


     2. I distract myself with noise.


When I am in a situation where waiting seems to be the only thing I can do I have learned that I distract myself with noise. With all kinds of noise. Radio, podcasts, time spent on social media, talking to friends on the phone, TV, movies, etc. Anything to help me not have to wait in silence where I would have to wrestle with my thoughts. This goes for any period of waiting, not just the spiritual waiting I was in these past few weeks. I do this all the time. Whenever it is the week before I fly home to see my family I am so impatient that I have to fill the time with other things. Distracting myself so that minutes will seem to pass by quicker. How often do you distract yourself with noise? When you are going through something hard do you do things to keep yourself busy so you do not get caught up in your thoughts that come in silence?


How often do we miss opportunities in the waiting period because we have distracted ourselves with noise? It can feel as though we jump from waiting for one thing to the other, but we cannot not live life in those waiting periods. You will miss so much of life if you do not look up and learn to see the joy in the waiting period.


     3. Waiting helps us grow.


I am going to specifically talk about my devotion life here in terms of growing. Initially when I started feeling like God was being a little distant I was asked if something had changed in my devotional life and nothing seemed to have changed, but my devotion style has been the same for about the last 7 years. Pray. Read the Bible.  journal. pray. So I took the next few weeks and tried other things. I looked up other styles of prayer journaling and tried them. I tried different forms of prayer. I started looking at smaller chunks of scripture at a time and trying to look at it in different ways. It was fun. It is fun, because I am still trying to mix up how I do my daily devotion time.


I think that in a time of waiting we have the opportunity to grow if we take it. Try something new! You never know, it might just change your perspective on a situation.


     4.God never leaves you alone.


The Creator of the universe has given us the knowledge and comfort of knowing He will never leave us. He showed us the greatest act of love by His death and resurrection for our sin so that we may have that eternal life with Him. Why would he do that just to leave us? He would not. There are multiple times in the Bible that God shows us He does not leave His people. Even when we get self focused. Even when we are in the hardest times of life. Even when He seems silent. He is there. He is continually there. Arms wide open.


Not only is he always there, but he gives us the people in our life to show us His love as well. In the last few weeks I have talked to so many people who said they have experienced seasons like the one I was going through. It was comforting to know that others go through the same thing. To not feel like something must be wrong with me because my relationship with God is not always picture perfect. It is scary to be open and vulnerable with people. It is scary to admit to that we struggle, but the feeling of knowing someone else has had those same struggles brings comfort and peace.


There are other things I have learned, but I think these four things are things we can all learn and apply to many situations in our lives. There is always something to learn in the waiting period so try to enjoy the ride.


Until next week.


Peace and love my friends.

Life Is Not A Checklist

You might want to grab a snack for this one. This is going to be a long one.


I will wait.


Okay, are you comfy? Here we go.


When you envision the perfect life, what do you see? Is it a two story house on a cul de sac with two cars in the driveway and a family unit of 4 inside? Is it a full bank account? Is it working your dream job in the city you have always wanted to live in? Take a second to picture it.


Now, do you know anyone with a seemingly perfect life? You might think you do, but I think deep down we all know life is not perfect for anyone.


Do you ever compare your own life with others and end up feeling behind on life? As a millenial (ew.) social media is something I use daily, and I am betting most of you do as well. While there are many wonderful things about social media, like sharing this blog with you, there is one major problem.


It can draw us into the comparison game.


I have written about comparison before, but I want to write about it a little differently today. First, I want to say that social media is NOT the only thing that causes us to fall into the comparison game. People have been comparing themselves to others way before social media boomed and will continue long after.  The thing with social media is that it puts the temptation to compare right in front of your face. Like a carrot being dangled in front of a horse, for lack of a better visual. Social media is our own personal highlight reel. We show the things that make us happy. This can be a great thing! I love seeing all the wonderful things people do like getting new jobs, buying a new house, baby announcements etc etc., but those kind of announcements are also the things that cause us to compare our lives to others.


Generally, we (American culture) have made some of these things into a checklist for our lives to make our lives a success, or what people would say is a success. Things such as…


Going to college

Having a career

Getting married/moving in together

Buying a house

Having two kids

Saving money for retirement


And when those things do not happen for us, but happen for our friends we might start to feel as if we are behind on where we should be in our life. When we scroll through social media we can start having thoughts like, I need to be doing more. I should be farther ahead in my career. Another friend is engaged, why am I still single? Why does my life look nothing like theirs? Why is their life so easy?




Our lives are not a checklist.


Let me repeat that.


Our lives are not a checklist!


Maybe you did not go to college. Maybe you have no idea what you want to do for your career yet. Maybe you do not want to get married or have children. Maybe you cannot have children. Maybe you are just trying to make ends meet and do not have extra money to save. All of these things are okay because there is not some standard checklist of life that needs to be completed. There is not one way of life that is successful and another that is a failure. Your life is yours, not someone else’s.


For me, there are days when I can go deep in the thinking that I am behind. Many of my friends have already bought a house, while my husband and I are still renting. I am not mad or sad about this because our apartment is perfect for us, and it is super cute.  However, there are some days where I feel like I am behind because my friends have their own houses and we do not. Ridiculous right? Absolutely.


One thing that makes me angry is when people try to push this checklist of life on other people. This happened to my husband and I the other day. Someone announced they were pregnant and a friend of ours looked straight at us and said dead seriously, “Wow you guys are behind, you need to get on it.” No lie, this happened a few days ago.


I was so angry. First, I was angry because we hear comments like this weekly. Second, I was mad because whenever we receive comments about children they are always made as if children are just another box to check or just another step up the ladder of life. (Side note: I have many opinions on people commenting on having babies. Be on the lookout for a blog post in February about all the hilariously annoying comments we have gotten in our first year of marriage.) Back to my point. Children are not a box to check off. They are a huge decision and responsibility. They are fun and a joy, but a deeply personal decision to be made by my husband and I, not anybody else.


You should never feel bad for where you are in life and you should never feel pressured to do something just because that is seemingly the next step in life. We grow up and have different experiences and we prioritize different things according to what we think is important. Buying a house might be important to some, but not others. Someone’s career might be their priority over having a family. Your life is never going to mirror someone else’s life so comparing your life to others is pointless.


Enjoy where you are. As cheesy as that sounds, it is true. Your life is your own. Love where you are in the present moment. Do not spend your moments wishing you were living a different life. Enjoy the journey!


Peace and blessings to you in the new year. If you are going to make a new goal this year make it this one: to stop comparing and love the moments of your life.

Striving For More Than a Resolution

It is officially 2018 friends.


Another new year.


This past year I had so much going on that it flew by as quickly as it came. In the past year I got married, traveled to many different places. Some new places, like California for our honeymoon, and some old places I have known my whole life, like St. Louis. I made new friends, became an aunt for the 4th time with a new niece (and continued to enjoy loving my 3 other nephews), moved into a new apartment, and bought my first new car! It is amazing how many blessings can happen in just one year.


Now that it is the first week of January you have no doubt been seeing all the new year resolution commercials and ads. And do not even get me started on how many gym and diet commercials I have already seen this week. If I had a penny for every time one of those commercials came on I would be a millionaire.


Losing weight is the number one resolution made every year, and every year it is the top resolution never achieved.


I think people wanting to get healthy is awesome. Do not get me wrong, I want to be healthier this year as well.  However I have a problem with new year resolutions. People make them, but do not create a plan to achieve them, so after a few weeks of not getting the results they want right away they give up.


I am not a fan of the term resolutions. I do not know why exactly, it has just always rubbed me the wrong way. I like goals.


Actually I LOVE goals.


I have weekly goal lists at work and at home. Goals are great because you can make a goal that might seem impossible to you right now, but is what you want in the long run and then make all these mini goals to reach the big goal. It is like climbing a huge mountain with check in points along the way.


I have seven large goals this year and I am going to use this blog to keep me accountable to them.None of these have to do with losing weight or trying to change my body. My goals are:


  1. To blog 1 or 2 times a week consistently.
  2. Finish writing my book.
  3. Run 1500-2000 miles and/or swim 400 miles.
  4. Read at least 1 book a month for fun (work books not included)
  5. Daily devotions, prayer, and time in my Bible.
  6. To stop obsessing over my body.
  7. To get out of my comfort zone. Take more risks.


So… how am I going to use this blog to keep me accountable?


At the end of each month I will do a check in blog and write about each of these seven goals and tell you how I am working towards reaching those goals. I wanted to have goals that had nothing to do with changing my physical appearance, but were about growing as a person. Health is not just physical. It is a combination of emotional, physical, and social health. The overall goal this year is a balance of all 3!


Thank you to everyone who has been reading my blog the last two years, and I hope you continue to do so this year. If I can help support you in any of your goals this year I would love to do so! Let’s make this year about striving for more than just a resolution, but striving to grow into the best people we can be!