Hello New Year!
I took a few weeks off to spend a more meaningful holiday season with my family and I have a gazillion ideas of where I want to go this year and I’m excited about them all. I’ve done some planning and goal setting, but I really haven’t nailed down all of what I want to do. I have a day set aside next week JUST to plan.
Here’s what I do know: I want to be a better wife, a better mother and a better friend. I want to grow this blog. I want to makeover several rooms in my home. I want to take two amazing vacations. I want to pray more, read more, fast more. I want to be a better me. I want to fulfill God’s purpose for me. I want to dream big and accomplish big things.
Super tall order.
How to Accomplish MORE in 2018
I don’t know what your game plan is, but here’s what I’m doing to make it happen.
1. Buy a planner and write all the things down!
I searched high and low for the perfect planner to combine my personal life, ministry work and blogging all in one. Ugh. It was so hard. I finally ran across this one called the Organized Life Planner and so far it’s great! I bought the printable version because I didn’t want to wait for shipping and sent it to Office Depot for printing in black and white. I think you’ll like it if you want to have everything in one place.
2. Set goals that scare you
When I say set big goals, I mean BIG goals. Ones that people will look at you crazy when you tell them what you’re thinking.
I can accomplish big things. I just haven’t. It kinda sucks that I haven’t but hey, I have to keep it real with myself. I mean, me and Joanna Gaines are the same age. She has a flourishing business, a TV show, a product line and a freaking following the size of the US. The only difference between she and I is that she pushed harder, worked smarter and dreamed bigger.
Well, I don’t want a national show or even a fraction of her following, but I don’t want any (more) regrets at the end of my life.
Setting big goals will cause me to reach higher than I have ever imagined; work harder than I ever wanted to but do more than anyone ever thought possible.
3. Say Goodbye to Fear
I’m sure at some point in Jo Jo’s career she was scared. But unlike me, she got over it and pushed on. You’ll need a hefty dose of courage to reach those scary goals. Courage doesn’t mean you’re not scared, it means you’re willing to put your feelings aside to reach beyond what others won’t do and get the job done.
4. Get a mentor
You don’t know what you don’t know. A mentor will help you navigate territory you’ve never traversed. I’m pushing 40 and I still need a lot of guidance. I’m not ashamed to admit it and embrace it wholeheartedly.
The school of hard knocks does not have to be your teacher. Looking back, I wish I had allowed more people to speak into my life and provide direction. Not doing so caused me to lose some major battles. Not anymore. This year, I’m determined to listen closely to all mentors—in my walk with Christ and my business.
5. Become a mentor
Even though you don’t know everything, what you do know is valuable to someone else. My battle scars and victories are a vault of gold for a younger woman. Oh what my 39 year-old-self would love to say to my 20-year-old self if she would listen! Find someone who’ll listen and teach, teach, teach!
How will this help you accomplish more? Teachers can always learn from their students. Younger or less experienced people have energy, talent, and ideas that will fuel your desire to keep pushing. Sometimes their naivety can draw out ideas that you can lend experience to and married they can become awesome.
6. Get Accountability
Don’t padlock your planner and keep your dreams between you and your calendar. While you can’t share your dreams with everyone; you MUST share them with someone you trust to hold your feet to the fire when you want to quit. Because you will want to quit.
I have a friend who texts me periodically to see how many hours a day I’m praying, when’s the last time I fasted and how much scripture I’ve been reading. Yep. All up in my business. But I’m thankful for her because laziness and carnality can sneak up quickly. When I’m off, her texts send just enough conviction to get me back on track.
You need accountability to reach those crazy scary goals.
What’s More for My Design Rules in 2018?
When I started goal setting for 2018, I realized that I’ve put a lot of dreams on the back burner. For instance, it took me way too long to start this little blog of mine. Like 7 years too long. I love connecting with you, I love creating and I love sharing my heart. Why did I wait so long?
Not this year.
I wrote a post on How to Overcome Envy last year and of all the posts I wrote, it’s one of my favorites because it’s raw reality. I was convinced that no one would read it, but it resonated with so many people. So 2018 will be more real life, raw Kenyatta. The person who can see the struggle and is willing to bare her soul, share the many wins and the MANY losses along the way. I kinda did that here, but meh, not really.
I revealed a little more of it in my Christmas home tour, but I vow in 2018 to show you the real story of me and my little ole house. I can design. Without question I have talent. But my home doesn’t actually reflect what I really can accomplish because I neglected it for so long. I’m going to show the good bad and the even the embarrassing ugly. This year’s list of projects will include a few interior design challenges in my home AND in my friend’s homes. It’s going DOWN and I cannot wait!
This blog is about home décor, but my principles and rules are really what drive me. That will translate into more posts on those rules and how they apply to real life. Not just decorating. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of DIY projects, makeovers and how-tos as well. But ohhh I want so much more.
This year I’m setting my eyes on doing more. I want to make more money, spend more time with my family. Be more in tune with God. Take more risks, laying it all on the line. I’m all in. I want MORE.
You with me?
And to celebrate the beginning of the new year, I’m giving you free some eye candy for all your devices.