Practically Speaking

2015 Goals!

Hi Sweet Friends!

Let me start off by saying how grateful and thankful I am for 2014. It was an amazing year for me both personally and professionally. When you feel like you’re struggling in areas just to keep your head afloat in life (which I felt like for much of 2010-2013) the relief of a good year is like a sweet balm of healing. That’s what 2014 was for me. It wasn’t without hard work, but having hung in there through a few tough years, continuing to lift life up in prayer and staying the course, I saw many of my prayers answered. Not all of them were answered the way I wanted at the time, but I can now see how they worked out for my good and best interest. It’s amazing when you see scripture come to life.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

I’ve never been one to make new year’s resolutions. I feel like they’re just broken promises to ourselves (maybe that’s because I’ve never been able to keep them.) However, I love making goals for myself. With goals, I put out there what I’d like to achieve. It doesn’t mean I will, but I’ll try my best. I don’t care if I fail in the process, it’s the pursuit and dedication to trying that I’m interested in. If I can say I tried my best, I’m satisfied with that. Of course the goal is to achieve them, but some of my goals are set SO high that they are practically unattainable (on purpose) because it forces me to push myself harder.

I’d like to share some of my simple goals for 2015 with you.

Bible Study- This is something that is always a priority year after year. Whether it’s 15 minutes in the morning, a family devotional or a full fledged DVD study with my small group or church, I simply can’t do life without my bible. Sometimes throughout the year, when my work load is heavy or I’m traveling, I’m unable to commit to an in person group study. But thanks to many dedicated women, online groups and guides are a blessing. Honestly, the only thing I really need is that one book (the Bible), my open heart and at least a few minutes every single day.

Reading- I’d like to read 12 new books this year. It doesn’t sound like a lot, just one a month, but with my schedule, it seems almost impossible. I read a lot of scripts, which are like books, so leisure reading isn’t always a priority. But I also realized how much time I spend on social networking and if I just set that down 30 minutes a day, I can use that time for reading to learn, educate and entertain myself.

These are a few of the books and bible studies I'll be reading in 2015.

These are a few of the books and bible studies I’ll be reading in 2015.

Food Freedom- I believe many of us are constantly in search of food freedom and better health. We are always looking for the best new program, workout craze and meal plans to help us get motivated and stay on track. Some of us are starting the journey for the very first time, and some of us are seasoned pros who’ve made healthy living a way of life. I’m definitely in the second category and as I age and my body changes, I’m always finding new ways to fine-tune it. When I was on Dancing with the Stars in the early half of 2014, I only lost about 4 pounds, but my body was as lean as I’d ever seen it. I was dancing up to 10 hours a day and I had complete freedom from the struggle of wondering if my jeans would be too tight on any given day. I woke up every morning during the 4 months of being on the show knowing I’d slide right into my clothes or workout gear and feel fabulous. The only problem was when the show was over, my normal lifestyle could never sustain that kind of dedication to exercise. I mean, who has 10 hours a day to workout unless that’s your job?

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So, as I went back into my normal routine, I had to re-adjust and desperately wanted to find a way back to that freedom I had felt within the perimeters of my real life style. Overall, I can happily say I’ve had that freedom for at least 10 years (read my book Reshaping It All) but sugar is still my kryptonite and something I struggle with. I decided to cut out white sugars and dairy since November and the difference has been incredible. *Please note, this is not something I’m saying you should do, I’m simply telling you what has made a difference for me.* As much as I love dessert and ice cream, I’d rather have freedom of feeling good everyday than be a slave to sugar, because it’s really what it feels like for me. Have you seen reports and documentaries about the effects of sugar vs. cocaine on your brain? It’s practically the same! *Because I have to disclaim… remember I’m not a doctor or health care professional… I’ve just read about it and feel the difference in my own body.

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I have many more goals professionally and personally, but those are just a few you might share too! My goals always include a lot of prayer- they are kind of one in the same. Sometimes they are answered immediately and othertimes I don’t see them come to fruition for several years- which doesn’t stop me from praying my heart out either! I’m still growing with God and know that His ways are perfect. They aren’t always my ways and for that I’m grateful!

Tell me your goals for 2015!

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