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writing 2015
January 5, 2015

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i’m one of those who has been writing goals and lists and dreams and things since i was in my teens. it’s possible i was taught by omission. without knowing what i was reading, almost daily, i saw my dad’s written goals, lists and dreams – always highlighted in yellow and underlined in red. they were hanging out on desks and nightstands and tucked away in books. written on notecards, legal pads, dog eared book pages and most assuredly memorized in his mind. he never really taught me his method, but i somehow memorized it. and, after all, some things are just inherent.

in my early twenties i worked for, leadership guru, john c. maxwell and really learned the art of writing down goals. i’ve been working this method ever since. writing goals, dreams, and intentions for specific areas of my life (family, physical, spiritual, etc.) and being specific about resources for my growth by listing books, teachings, conferences i’d like to attend and so forth. this way has worked well for me. although, i don’t always keep my list in front of me, i’m always amazed at how things seem to happen. this year i actually did pretty terrible at crossing things off my list. but, the things that matter most,

to me, the spiritual goals, got checked off the list.  now when i say spiritual, i mean themes in my life, or things that i’m working on being – – like brave (which makes my list every. single. year.)  the thing is, i thought i was going to work hard on being or cultivating these things, but it’s been quite the opposite.  i wrote them out and put them out there and God, did the work — in me.  i’m actually kind of dumbfounded at how my days, my reading, my travels, my life this past year, seemed orchestrated to work towards my intentions and the areas i knew needed growth or removing.

so, my goal writing way may have just changed.  i’ll probably still write out my lingering lists ; ways to eat and exercise, tedious titles of books, and preferred places to travel.  but, most of my focus is on writing the ways i sense i need working on, from the inside rather then the out.  how to grow and guard my heart (because, out of it flow all of the issues of life).  i’m certain that, out of that will come the books i need to read, the places picked out for me, and the person i am growing to be.

BRAVE / makes the list every year.  and, every year, i find that being brave doesn’t always look like you think it does.   it looks different for every person.  what might be an act of courage for you, is not for me and vice versa.  Cultivating meaningful friendships is brave.  saying yes, is brave — and so is saying no.  resting when the world says work, that is brave too.  i’m sure i’ll learn to be brave in my days in, especially in ways I wouldn’t expect.  and, what i expect is to continue this kind of journey for all my days

REST / i’ve learned some deep, life altering lessons on resting this year.  about letting God do the work in me, and not me striving.   about learning to rest and be still in the middle of storms and literal chaos.

FAMILY / this is what my faith is. for me, it’s not a religion or tradition. …  It’s the story of a family.  God is a father and his heart is always towards his children.  from the beginning he chose us – called us his own and he longs to have a relationship with his children…to lavish them with his protection, security, unconditional, everlasting, inexhaustible love.  i want to know God as my Father and understand the idea of family better and in turn let that grace grow in my family (children).

i’ve just started writing 2015, but i can tell you, once i get started, it likely be highlighted in yellow and underlined in red.

here is one way i like to list things, if you are looking for some inexhaustible inspiration!

happy 2015, lovelies.

also, i’ll be sharing more this week on the books that i read last year.  some that i picked, and many that picked me and changed me – profoundly.


commented on January 5th 2015 at 3:14pm

good words!! off to check out your lists…lists usually make me feel overwhelmed. somehow i need to balance that feeling off with some productivity and focus that lists do bring!
love your blog


replied on January 5th, 2015 at 9:42pm

thank you so much, paige! lists are like a double edged sword. i feel great when i write them out. it’s like relieving space in the brain, but then…..they stare you down and hover over you – especially those to do lists ;) xo . t

commented on January 5th 2015 at 3:39pm

Beautiful post! I often write down a goal and don’t think about the little things that I need to do to achieve it. So this is a great way of thinking about a goal and break it down. Thanks :)


replied on January 5th, 2015 at 9:39pm

thank you polly. i just read today that, “When we write something down, research suggests that as far as our brain is concerned, it’s as if we were doing that thing.” and that it’s like dress rehersal. so i think it is beneficial to write down a goal, even if you just write it out once. I’m learning that some things def need breaking down and others are more broad and great to leave a bit more open ended. here is the article in case you are interested:

xo . t

commented on January 5th 2015 at 3:41pm

As always, your post is inspirational and insightful. Looking forward to hearing more about your journey in 2015.


replied on January 5th, 2015 at 9:33pm

thank you for your kind words, myla! that is exactly what it’s all about – a journey! xo . t

commented on January 6th 2015 at 3:39pm

so beautifully written … similar thoughts here … i have not done any definitive lists or goals as i am at a bit of a crossroads and trying to figure out which direction to wander ,,, i connect with your thoughts ‘grow your heart & guard your heart’ … one day at a time :)


replied on January 13th, 2015 at 10:00am

thank you, dawn. life is so full of crossroads. i hope that you look at the crossroads with excitement and anticipation….great things in store for this new year! xo . t

commented on January 9th 2015 at 4:25pm

Happy New Year, Trina! 2015 will be a good year, I think. I love how you write your list of goals and intentions. You have inspired me and I will do same. I’m reading Bird by Bird right now and love it. It’s really inspiring.


replied on January 13th, 2015 at 9:58am

thank you, lisa. love bird by bird. i’m still in the middle of it. i don’t know why i’m taking so long, but there must be a reason. i def want to read more by anne lamott. xo .t ps- 2015 is going to be a great year!