Is it just me, or has this year flown by? I feel as if I just celebrated the arrival of 2017 with some friends. Perhaps the old adage is true: time flies when you’re having fun. And what a fun year it has been.
Over the course of a year, I created and launched this blog, embracing vulnerability and speaking my truth. I made the conscious decision to stop worrying and give my concerns to God; I still make this decision on a daily basis (it’s certainly easier said than done for a Type A control freak like me!). My hubby and I began hosting think tanks in our home for other young adults to gather, discuss a particular topic and enjoy good fellowship and food. I’ve deepened my relationships, made new connections, and faced some personal challenges from this venture. I took the plunge and started my own business, Earth-Kissed Beauty. Since its launch, Earth-Kissed Beauty has blossomed and been profitable. From the business to hosting think tanks, I’ve strengthened my public speaking and networking skills. This year also brought me my Rainbow Baby, an unexpected blessing whom I love and cherish so much.
Since enduring intense loss and grief in 2015, I’ve lived with the intention to coin the upcoming year with a key phrase and channel positive energy into it. In 2016, my focus was Gratitude; I challenged myself to write down at least 1 thing that brought me joy and gratitude per day. Initially, it was difficult to identify the joy in my life; I was still so full of grief and anxiety, I only focused on the negative. But by the end of the year, it became so routine to express gratitude, I would run out of space on my daily calendar to jot them all down. It was a humbling experience.
My 2017 focus was Growth. I had developed healthy techniques to manage my anxiety and channel good grief; my house renovations were completed; I could recognize the joy in my life’s versions of mundane or crazy. Now it was time to expand my horizons, and I had plenty of questions: should I return to school, further establish my career, expand my family via pregnancy or adoption? All of these questions and options were giving me stress; I knew I couldn’t continue to harbor on these decisions. Cue the Give it God jar. That jar literally put my growth concept into sharp focus. Once I stopped worrying about what to do, I was able to clearly hear the plans God created for me and grow according to His will.
When looking at 2018, I’m filled with excitement with numerous possibilities that await. I want to further expand the growth I’ve made over the past 2 years. My key phrase for 2018 is Promise. I aim to stay committed to the promises I’ve made, and the opportunities that await me are promising.
During our last think tank, we prepared for our 2018 individual goals. I bought simple picture frames and inserted a glittery, colorful paper as the background. Each attendee was able to write down their 2018 goals, mantras, and aspirations on the frames as a visual reminder of the great possibilities that await us.
My 2018 frame further solidifies my intentions for this upcoming year: expand All of KP’s presence and blog topics, propel Earth-Kissed Beauty into a strong, small business, and continue to travel and explore this world. My other ambition for 2018 is to further mature into a Godly woman, supportive wife, loving mother, and empathetic citizen. I included some short quotes to frame my mentality for this year: worry less, live more; walk the talk; do it to excellence. I look forward to using my 2018 frame and my vision board as reminders to pursue my goals and enjoy living this life.
What are your goals for 2018? Do you have a key phrase to summarize your expectancies for the upcoming year? Have you made a vision board or written down your goals for 2018? I’d love to hear from you!