December: Chin up and Chill out.

For the past two months, I’ve focused on one specific goal for each month. Pursuing one way of bettering my life and myself if you will. My goal for October was “Just Do It:” get out of the house and get moving. For November it was figuring out my “Grand Art:” what has God created me uniquely to do with my passions and gifts?

Each month I have loved pursuing a specific goal, but life happens, and a month goes by faster than you’d think. The month ends, and there is still a lot more to do to pursue my goal. I have definitely been more intentional with working out and eating healthier, but between traveling a ton and the holidays I haven’t quite seen the results I desired.

And I have to be completely honest with you, I’m only on chapter 3 of the book I chose to read through to help me figure out my unique art. (“A Million Little Ways” by Emily P. Freeman) But I will say, just through reading those 3 chapters, I’ve already realized a ton about myself and my artistic desires. (More on that below.)

Sooooo this month, instead of coming up with a new goal, I’m going to continue pursuing health, fitness and art, and dive into them in new and deeper ways. But before that, I’m going to keep my chin up and stop feeling guilty about not achieving as much as I desired over the past two months. My goal is to focus on right now, and pursue working out and chilling out in the following ways:

1. Stuart and I are beginning a new type of workout this month. I’m being vague because there’s still more we need to figure out about it before we commit. I’ll let you know this month though, so stay tuned!

2. I have tried going full Paleo so many times, and failed miserably. So for the month of December, I’m simply going to give up gluten and grains. The holiday season is tough on diets, so I’m choosing one thing to cut out and make a goal that is more achievable. I’ll probably go easy on myself on Christmas day and indulge, but other than that, I want to prioritize my health. After a month without grains, I’ll see if I’m up for the challenge of going completely Paleo and doing the Whole 30 challenge for the month of January!

(Note: I’m an accountability junkie…if I know people will be checking up on me, I stick to my goals so much better. So if you want to help me be successful, PLEASE send me texts asking how I’m doing on being gluten and grain-free. Even better, if you want to join me on this goal, or if you want to join me for the Whole 30 challenge in January I’d LOVE it!! Let me know.)

3. I’m going to continue reading A Million Little Ways, figuring out more ways God has created me to express my life art uniquely as ME. Last month I really enjoyed living this out by sending a number of friends personal notes just to say hi and encourage them in simple ways. Relationships are my life, and I love being able to make my friends smile and feel loved.

4. I’ve also realized blogging is a huge way for me to express my art. I have been so encouraged by friends and family telling me they like my blog and are encouraged by my posts. This is exactly my purpose in blogging, and I am so thankful God has allowed me to glorify Him through my writing. Who knows where this passion will lead, but for now I’m going to continue asking God to use me through this small outlet and further grow my writing skills.

5. And lastly, I’m going to READ MORE. Books are a huge passion of mine, and recently I’ve allowed TV shows to take the place of reading. But now that we’re living with Stuart’s parents, I foresee a LOT more football watching, which for me, means reading (as pictured above). Especially now that most TV shows are taking their mid-year break, I’m going to pick out some good books, snuggle up with Stell, get my nerd glasses on and READ.

Let me know if there are any goals you’re setting up this month, or if you want to join any of my goals this month! It’s going to be a good month :)

“I don’t believe there was one great thing I was made to do in this world. I believe there is one great God I was made to glorify. And there will be many ways, even a million little ways, I will declare his glory with my life.”

Emily P. Freeman, A Million Little Ways