Tuesday, February 7, 2012

2012 Goals

Focus and Simplify.

Those are my goals for 2012.  My goals as a wife and as a mommy.  These are also my goals as a Christian woman. 
These are the two hardest things in the world for me to do.

Focus and Simplify.

I've been self-diagnosed with ADD and I have a severe case of "people pleasing syndrome" so for me to focus and simplify - definitely a difficult mountain for me to climb.

But as God so often does with me... I have heard these themes over and over and over again from many, many, many different people and places lately until FINALLY I can say that I'm beginning to understand.

So, I have made some decisions that, hopefully, will allow me to Focus and Simplify.

I am the only mommy my baby girl will ever have and nobody can ever do this job in my place.  I am also the only wife my husband has and nobody can do this job in my place.
I will focus on being the best mommy to her that I can be.  I will focus on creating memories with her that will last her a lifetime.  I will focus on taking care of my health so that I can be a great mommy to her for a really, really long time.  I will focus on teaching her through a God-centered worldview instead of a Joy-centered worldview.  (there is enough for me to say on this topic for an entire post all on its own but for now - I'll spare you)  I will focus on my marriage.  God compares the love in a marriage to the love Jesus has for His church.  I will focus on giving my husband this kind of love that can only come from a godly marriage.  I will focus on him - his needs, interests and goals.  I will focus on giving him the respect that he deserves.

Life does NOT have to be a rat race.
I will simplify our family life.  I will put first things first - God, my sweet hubby, my fun daughter... THEN everything else.  This should always be the order of my life - not the other way around.  I will say NO so that when I say yes - I can mean it and do a great job at it.  Saying no does not come easy to this people pleaser but it is necessary so I can say yes.

While I feel that these goals are very lofty for me; I also feel that they are really simple.  It's all about setting priorities and sticking to them...
And these are my priorities...
My sweet family

My baby girl

My girl with her Daddy and the love of my life

Nehemiah 6:3 says, "I am doing a great work and I cannot come down." 
This is my mantra for 2012.  This verse sums up my goals - Focus and Simplify.
I know that I am doing a GREAT work that God has prepared ME to do and that only I can do and because of that I CANNOT stop.  I cannot give up.  I cannot lose focus.  I cannot overcommit.  I cannot say yes to everyone at the expense of my relationship with God and my family.  I cannot come down.


  1. Wow. I could have written this EXACT post as I am in the same state of mind right now!! So ADD and just need to slow down and focus and simplify. Excellent post...thanks for sharing! :)

  2. You have it so right girl...and I applaud you! Your God, your husband, your daughter, and your home are your priorities. And then as you said..."everything else!"

    Simplifying is a necessity and we all need to say no to the things that complicate our lives and yes to the things that are most important.

    Thanks for your comment on my blog today.You are a sweetie!

    God Bless the Stanfields

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words! I love reading your blog and your daughter's! Such inspirations... I vicariously learn Titus 2 principles through y'all! Thanks for your wisdom!

  3. I've been reading Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World and if you've never read it, it has SO many great points about staying focused on the important things and avoiding the "busyness" even when tasks are taken on with good intentions! :)


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