New Year’s Goals in February, Intentionally

How do you make goals for the new year? 

I’ve tried a few different methods! This last year, I received an amazing planner as a gift that had space to do a vision board, and then you could set weekly goals and check them off. Oh my gosh. I loved it. You all know I’m the type of person that adds something to my to-do list that I’ve already done just to check it off, right? 

The year before that, a friend at Bible study taught us how to do the “One Word” exercise to pick a word to focus on for the year. That was so awesome too.

This year, I was praying about setting goals, wondering if I was going to set any. If you read my last post, this is the post that I said I was going to share later in the week haha. It’s a month later… Hopefully by now you can tell I write because I love to, not necessarily out of obligation, so ya’ll can expect me to be a little late sometimes. But it’s here! I did set some goals. 

My goal this year is to be,  drumroll please… more intentional in certain areas.

Okay, I want to preface that by saying, I know that “being more intentional” sounds a little bit like a cop out. How is being “more intentional” measurable? Didn’t I always have good intentions in these areas? As I was praying though, the word intentional just kept coming back to me. Intentional is planned, not on accident. It’s done on purpose. So, I am purposefully planning to put my efforts into these areas:

I want to be more intentional in my walk with the Lord.

I want to be more intentional with my relationships. 

I want to be more intentional with my health. 

And, I want to intentionally continue to be faithful in some areas that the Lord put on my heart the previous year, specifically writing and financial goals. 

So, how can I start? How can I plan for these things?

I’m hoping to write more about each of these areas and how I’m being intentional in them, and I would love ideas in how you are intentional in these areas too– please share! 

To start though, I’m beginning with prayer. I’m committing to pray over these things specifically this year. Last year I actually was able to complete all of my “goals” and I have to be honest— it really had little to do with myself, and everything to do with prayer. I shared in this post about praying over yearly goals. 

I thought I would share in this post about my “why’s” for these goals though. For me, knowing “why” I’m doing something changes everything about how I feel about following through. 

I want to be more intentional in my relationship with the Lord because He is the most important person in my life and I want to know Him better. I want to hear from Him more. I want my heart to care about what He cares about. I don’t want to waste my time doing things that aren’t in His plan for me.

I want to be more intentional in my relationships because loving others is important to God, He’s put them in my life. I want to grow in loving them better and be intentional in how I spend my time with them, especially my children and husband.

I want to be more intentional in my health. It feels a little silly to include this because I know it’s everyone’s New Year’s goal, and welp, it’s mine too. My reasoning though is because I’m tired and achy, and while I realize those may just be constant life symptoms since I’m a preschool teacher, I’m going to still make a desperate attempt to combat it this year. Another why is that the quality of my health also effects my relationships and how I’m able to serve. And, like most of the world, my clothes are a little tighter now than they were pre-quarantine =).

As for continuing to be faithful in the things God showed me last year…until I hear that He is leading in a different way I’m believing by faith He still wants me to continue in those things.

So– those are my “why’s” and I look forward to hearing your advice in walking them out =). Please let me know!  I’d love to hear about your goals and why’s too!

With love,

Angelina