Looking ahead to 2015

Holy cow, we’re already a week into 2015! As reluctant as I was to wave goodbye to the happiest year of my life, the clock struck midnight while I was freezing my butt off on Coney Island with my favorite group of southerners in the city. 2015 has already been good to me, and I’m determined to keep up the momentum and make it the best year of my life.

Emmie and I at Coney Island

Emmie and I at Coney Island

On New Year’s Eve I set up camp in a local coffee shop with my new journal and cast a vision for myself in 2015, determining the kind of woman I want to be this year so that I can refer back to it over the coming months and use it to shape my decisions and actions. 2014’s vision was basically, “I want to be the kind of woman who lives in New York City,” which obviously worked out great. But it’s harder for me to cast vision over a year that, God willing, won’t consist of much change. 2015 looks to be a year of commitment and stability, two things that frankly terrify me, but that I’m so excited for.

2015's journal

2015’s journal

As I looked over my vision, I realized that it can all be summed up with one word: intention. I want to be intentional about how I spend my time and money, about what I consume both physically and mentally. With that in mind, here are some goals (I hate the term resolution – it feels like I’m setting myself up for failure!) that I’ve laid out for the coming months.

Spend less time on my phone This is the big one, and the closest thing I have to a true resolution. It was inspired by this Buzzfeed post. I turned off all of my notification except texting, am trying to leave my phone in my purse when I’m at work or out with friends, and – the biggie – am three days into a 21-day social-media cleanse. That’s right: No Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Swarm or Pinterest (except for work). I’m hoping to do a full post on this soon!

Read the Bible I’ve never done a one-year bible reading plan, and around November I really started to feel like this was something I wanted to tackle in 2015. After some debate, I decided to read it chronologically, and my mom bought me this version for Christmas. So far, so good!

Read 30 books I set a reading goal every year, and usually I try to bump it up from the year before, but my goal was 30 in 2014 and I only read 24. So! I’m trying again. I’m currently working through Live From New York, and I have a whole stack ready to go – plus my book club – so it looks promising!

One Little Word This is my third year picking one little word to pray over my year, and for 2015 it’s obedience. I have a feeling this will be a hugely personal journey, but I’m at least sharing what it is so I can have some accountability!

All in all, I’m so excited for this fresh start and the year ahead. It looks to be a great one! Happy (belated) New Year, friends!

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