A few days ago, I reviewed my expectations for 2015 and it reminded me how blessed I am. Over the past few years, I’ve experienced hardship after hardship that would probably lead a normal person into a state of depression. But it’s drawn me closer to Christ. When I walk hand in hand with Him, I feel more centered and experience a level of peace that I can’t explain. Actually, the word JOY comes to mind, which in my opinion, is far greater than happiness.
I am no longer focused on the circumstances or what I believe has gone wrong. My thoughts are not consumed with how to fix my problems or the next goal that needs to be accomplished. I read His word, pray about what’s on my heart, and trust that He will lead me. I am learning that life is truly a journey and I don’t need to define every single step. I still have a vision for what I’d like to experience in my lifetime, but it’s more of an outline, not a detailed turn by turn master plan. I don’t know if this change in perspective is a result of life’s lessons, maturity, or spiritual growth – maybe all three – but I like it. :-)
Since this post was inspired by a review of my 2015 plans, here’s a quick update…
Extensive dental work. All of my medically necessary dental work is complete (ouch!). Now I’m super obsessed with my dental hygiene and floss randomly throughout the day…just because. The cosmetic work is in process and my pockets are a
little lot lighter, but it’s worth it.
Invest 50% of my gross income. I invest a little over 45% of my income and my net worth has increased almost 6%. To be honest, I have everything is on auto-pilot and haven’t paid much attention to my money lately. It actually feels like my spending has been out of control, but payroll allotments keep me on track until I’m ready to make more active decisions again.
Travel. I started the year with a list of what I’d consider bucket list travel dreams but thought only 2 were really possible. Since then, I’ve been swimming with dolphins, held a baby alligator, and embraced my big kid excitement in Downtown Disney. It. was. so. much. fun!
I also plan to visit a friend in GA (milestone birthday), a friend in CA (new baby), and booked a flight for another dream vacation to Kenya (I love Africa). Whew, and it’s only May! While awaiting those trips, I’ve also discovered new travel and cultural adventures in my own back yard at the Around the World Embassy Tour and the Funk Parade. I love living in DC!
Change my hair. I’ve straightened my hair several times this year and colored it too. I’m not a fan of straight hair so it never stays straight for long, but the color is growing on me. I think.
Study the word of God. I haven’t been studying as much as I should, but I do it with intention and more often than I used to. Not only do I study His word, but I also make a conscious effort to apply what I learn. Through the trials, God is changing my life. I think I am more considerate, patient, relaxed, and well…as much as you can expect from a Type A personality. LOL!
How do you balance your goals/desires with unfortunate life events out of your control?