If you haven't realized by now, vision / mood boards are my jam. I started creating them last year and I feel as though my love for them has since expanded. Just as I did in the early days of last year, I decided to piece one together to reflect my overall vision for 2016. My focus for 2015 was simple, really. I wanted to set my sights on doing things I love to do, visiting places I had never been and learning new things. I can say I accomplished some of the goals I set for myself, however I wasn't able to achieve them all. Though I'm content with what I was able to do. 2015 was certainly well spent. I participated in activities that made me feel alive, I explored many destinations that I hadn't previously seen (mostly local gems that we stumbled upon) and I learned a lot (essentially about myself). It was a year of growth and reformation. I can only hope that this year measures up!
I've never been too big on "resolutions", but I am hoping that this year will bring more growth — be it spiritually, mentally or physically. I would say that my two main focal points for the year are balance and overall well-being. I want to find a balance between working + playing, between spending + saving, between healthy eating + splurging, between being gracious + being assertive. I'd also like to keep pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. I would absolutely hate to come to a place in my life where I'm comfortable or complacent. I want to continually be transforming into a better version of myself.
I'd like to focus my efforts towards a handful of goals in each of the following categories instead of forming a very long, rather daunting, list. I'd love to start sharing smaller monthly goals here as well in hopes of keeping myself more accountable.
SPIRITUAL • Have time in prayer before scrolling through social media in the mornings, study the Word of God more out of intent / less out of habit, and get more involved with a group of like-minded believers (church).
MARRIAGE • Learn how to appreciate + embrace all of our differences, have prayer time together more often, work on our communication techniques, and continue discovering new ways to show love to each other.
FINANCIAL • Start budgeting, pay off our credit cards, rebuild our savings account, and put money aside for our schooling.
ORGANIZATION • Keep giving away (or selling) items that we no longer want / need, complete all of our unfinished house projects, and come up with an easy filing system for all of our important documents.
CAREER • Take my last 3 remaining GED tests, attend a meetup at The Iron Yard + take a tour of their Saint Pete campus and do more research about web / application development so I know what I'm getting myself into (ha).
HEALTH • Eat healthy at least 5 days out of the week, stay hydrated (water>coffee), keep active throughout the day (use my Fitbit more often), lose about 5 pounds a month, take my multivitamin daily, and figure out how to cope with stress better.OTHER • Travel when our budget allows, explore more local hidden gems, start Rosetta Stone Spanish courses, get a concealed carry permit, read one book a month, reconnect + make time for my family, and cross more off my dream list.