goals have always been a center in my life. the easiest way to track your progress on anything is to set a goal and check its status periodically. it seems as though 2017 was the year that everyone’s goals fell flat, including my own.

self-reflection is key in personal growth, so before 2018 rolls in tomorrow, i took the time to sit down, pray, and think about the areas in which my goals fell flat in 2017. in 2018, i want to make sure that these areas, + some, are goal oriented so that i can look back a year from now and be proud of 2018. here are a few of my most prioritized goals for the new year:

Brush it Off 

if anyone holds tight to words, its me. i overthink every syllable of every word. this gets my heart into biggg trouble. after an argument or disagreement, i will think through the situation over and over again until my heart bleeds. “brush it off” is a saying that my sweet t giles utters to me at least three times a week. in 2018, i am setting a goal to tell my heart to brush it off, and only worry about a situation for no longer than 30 minutes. this will likely be the biggest goal to tackle of them all.

“Shake off the dust from your feet.” // Matthew 10:14

Appreciate the Small Wins

in my life and leadership, it is so easy to focus on the large goal at hand. i often find myself celebrating a small win for only a short amount of time, if none at all. once i obtain the large goal, i find my morale is so low i cant truly celebrate, because i am so worn out. in 2018, i am setting a goal to stop and celebrate the small wins that all add up to the big win. endurance, sister, endurance.

“Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have.” // Ecclesiastes 6:9 

+ Self Image

wowzers. this is the number one goal i promised myself i’d achieve in 2017. long story short, i only got farther away. our society presses us to look a certain way to be happy. my oh my, how i have believed this lie. i’m sure most of you have fallen victim to peeking into a glass window in passing, being shocked by what you see; a hair out of place, lip stick on your teeth, bloated from lunch, ect. how often do we find ourselves comparing our style/body type/hair color/ect to others in life, when in reality, we weren’t made to be the same as anyone else. in 2018, i’m challenging myself to accept my flaws, and learn to appreciate who He made me to be, at all times.

“You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.” // Song of Solomon 4:7

Take More Me/Me + Jesus Time

oops. so, it’s recruitment week and i forgot to eat for a whole day. or, oh man, this assignment is due on friday, so i haven’t really focused during my time with jesus this week. *ouch, GUILTY!* TIME FOR JUST YOU IS NEEDED. in 2017, or really the last three years, i have forgotten to slow down and just sit. my mind constantly runs on what has to be completed in all areas of my life, but seems to not think that recharging is a thing. in 2018, i am challenging myself to take at least an hour a day to focus on self/spiritual health.

“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.” // Psalms 62:1

Go to Lunch

josh wylie, a great friend given to me through my time as an orientation guide, has asked me to coffee for at least six months straight. we both enthusiastically agree each time, but then life gets in the way. life goes by way too fast, and i’m not really sure what has taken me this long to stop and really feel that in my soul. in 2018, i am setting a goal to plan out each lunch/coffee/hangout request as soon i am asked. friends and family are such precious blessings in my life, and i refuse to go another year letting life getting in the way of some of the best moments.

“9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 
10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” // Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Dont Settle

how many times has your mother told you to not settle for less? she’s right, again! we’ve all had that one friend who takes and takes, never giving any in return. or maybe we’re stuck in a job that we hate. *disclosure…i love my job, but i have been unhappy in the past*. often, in retrospect, i find that i’m settling for less in important areas of my life. in 2018, i am setting a goal to not settle for anything less than what i know is right.

“The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less.” // 2 Corinthians 5:5

Ditch the Timeline

oh my goodness gracious! having a life plan to go to medical school + become a surgeon has caused my life to revolve on this never-ending timeline. take this class then, volunteer at this time, do research in this semester, blah…blah…blah. yes, becoming a medical doctor has been the largest dream in my life, and i am most thankful for the experience i am gaining as an er scribe. but, good lord, living on a timeline keeps you so emotionally restricted. this is a goal that i’ve already started working towards. instead of thinking of the next big thing you have to complete, focus on those small steps. you have a family event this weekend? heck yeah! you can focus on that assignment due on friday when you get home. life will go on like a steam roller, even after you have reached your career goal; don’t get lost on the climb.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” // Matthew 6:34


i hope that sharing my goals for 2018 has inspired you to sit down and think of your own. here’s to a super fun, super pretty, super PINK year!!


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