NAS: 2015

How are we going to make 2015 different than last year? What goals are you planning/making to be more YOU this year? These goals can be personal growth, spiritual life, physical/health, or even your love life! Maybe you don't have concrete ones yet, but it helps to talk them out and get motivated!

I've chatted a bit about my plans already, and I have also realized that I like to make large, lofty goals for myself.  Last year.... what the heck was I thinking?!  Not to say that those things are unattainable for me, but I didn't really have a starting point to transition from to get to the end goal.

We were chatting about resolutions at my young adult group last week, where we talked about this article, and it was interesting to hear everyone's perspectives. Most people were in agreement (and I'm pretty sure that research has shown) that to make good habits, one has to take baby steps.  Create tiny goals and once you have established that as a habit, take the next step.

Makes sense, right?!  I just need to sit down and do it.

So, for right now... that's my mini goal: to set tiny goals for my larger goals. What are my larger goals? HA... that is still a very good question. The first one that comes to mind is a half-marathon. I haven't run in probably a year. A YEAR. And there are days that I miss it so badly. Right now, it seems SO far-fetched. My tiny goal needs to be something like: put the shoes back on and start. Who the heck cares if you can't get to the traffic light, or you walk. Just go.

I am still working on it though. But, when 2015 ends, I want to look back on this year and... smile. I want to look back and know that I have attempted to do things that will help me, and ultimately bring His light to everyone.

I want to do more service projects.
I want to give more hugs to all the people that I love.
I want to soak up the good, to be ready for the bad/frustrating (b/c I'm just being real).
I want to rely on the saints as friends (hey St. Jerome!).

I want all of these things... and I know that I can do it. I just need to not give up. I don't do something? I forget? I have a horrible day and think that MY LIFE IS THE WORST AND OH MY GOSH THE DRAMA? It's ok. I am not a failure. I can start again. God will provide me the grace to get back on the horse, I just have to be looking for it.

At the end of 2013/beginning of 2014 I was in such a low place. I started the year off a little shaky, but God has blessed me with an amazing therapist (I revealed that already right?!), beautiful moments, an awesome community, and reminded me what amazing people I have in my life. Today, right now... I am in a MUCH better place. What I hope most for 2015, is to continue to rise above all of that crap and focus on all the other things that I have talked about. :) Please pray for me.

As I am always praying for you.

What is 2015 looking like for you?! Link up over at Morgan's!

Children and Babes
Do you have children in your life? What is your relationship with them like? Do you have godchildren, and how do you form a relationship with them? Does having children in (or not in) your day-to-day life make you feel happy, wistful, or wary (of having your own someday)? 
Thanks to Lindsay!

1/27: Selfies
Do you support the selfie trend? Do you think it promotes self absorption, vanity and narcissism? Is there a way to incorporate selfies into the Church's teachings of modesty, authentic beauty, humility? Thanks to Hannah!

2/3: Qualities in our Husbands
What are the qualities and characteristics that you are looking for in your future husband? We have talked about what we don't want, but it's good to have an idea of those things that are important to us. Discerning religious life? This applies to communities, as well!

2/10: Loneliness
We all have times when we feel alone. What are ways that you combat loneliness? Pray? Join a group? How can we encourage each other to stay positive? 
Thanks to Laura P!

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  1. Thank you for your authenticity, dear Jen! You are so right, baby steps...that's where we all began, right? But getting overwhelmed with the end goal is SO easy...thanks for the reminder that whatever we do to at least start is a step, too. :)

  2. Baby steps! I used to read Zen Habits back before it got as huge as it is now, and Leo said that he started running by telling himself that all he *had* to do was get up, put running clothes on, put his shoes on, and go out the door. After that, if he *really* wanted to, he could go back to bed. But once he'd gotten that far, it made more sense to just go running! Baby steps are the way to build habits, and habits change lives.

    Technical note: That topic for next week should be babies instead of babes. Then again, if you want to have extra-cute babies, finding a babe will probably help! ;)

  3. Run for all of us northern girls!! I 100% agree that achieving goals is about making concrete small goals. If your goal is to pray more well what the heck are you going to do about this week! Keep fighting the good fight of faith Jen!


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