Cultivate What Matters 2017: Getting Inspired

Making Things Happen 2017, Creative Goals + ListsKatie @ A Place to Dwell1 Comment

As I've continued going through Lara's goal-setting steps, I've been gathering inspiration and looking for common threads. In this post, I'm going to share what fires me up and inspires me, what I'm saying yes and no to in 2017, and the vision statement I crafted for the year ahead.

I looked at last year's lists to get me started and found that much of what inspires me remained the same (which makes sense, of course), but I also was able to build on the lists a little bit, which I think is awesome, because that means God is continuing to grow, refine, and develop the passions He's given me!

WHAT FIRES ME UP

Possibilities
Reading good books
Encouraging and inspiring others
Laughing with friends and family
Bright, happy colors
Living with lots of artwork
Coffee and creativity
Discovering beautiful art/inspiration and sharing those discoveries with others
Living & telling inspired stories
Exploring my city and supporting local shops/artists
Journals and journaling
Community and collaboration
Inspiring music and worship
Sharing good food and conversation
Encouraging single women to wait on God purposefully, rather than passively
Remembering that God's plan is always better than ours and that He can do
immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine

WHAT I'M SAYING NO TO IN 2017

Comparison
Worry
Feeling rushed and frazzled
Striving
Meaningless distractions
Trying to control the story God is writing in my life
Clutter (mental and physical)
Negativity
Choosing anything over God
Overwhelm
Guilt
Anxiety
"Shoulds"
Having all the answers

WHAT I'M SAYING YES TO IN 2017

JESUS!
Being a light
Using my margin to the fullest for God
Living each day FULLY
Trust/surrender/being open to God's plan for me
Building strong/meaningful relationships
New traditions
Community
Focusing on health/wellness | whole/healthy foods
Reading good books that inspire and challenge me
Praising God's goodness
Creativity and creative writing
Listening
Sharing my story for God’s glory
Inspiration
Starting and ending my day with God
Reading/studying God’s Word
Choosing God above all other things
Prioritizing prayer
Grace

I also had the opportunity to get away to one of my favorite coffee shops with my favorite guy last week to pause and press in together. I loved that time we spent together, sharing our quiet times and also beginning to pray about goals and plans for 2017. I'm excited to be going through the Couples Powersheets guide with him this year, too. I'm so thankful for his intentional heart and desire to live fully for Jesus and also that he's such a supporter and encourager of me when it comes to my creative goals and using my creativity fully for God's glory.

I also wrote out my vision statement for the year, focusing on my word of the year (FULLY) and building upon last year's focus. This vision statement will help me craft meaningful goals focused on what matters most.

My 2017 vision…

I want to live fully for Jesus in 2017 — seeking Him fully, knowing Him more fully, and being used by Him fully. I will prioritize time spent with Him, choosing Him above all things and keeping Him at the center of everything. I will make space in my life for what truly matters, saying no to meaningless distractions and investing in my faith, family, friends, and using my creative gifts fully for God. I will fill my life with meaning moments and memories shared with loved ones, inspiration, truth, encouragement, art, praise, and worship. I will seek to be a good steward of all the blessings, gifts, and resources God so graciously gives, using the margin in my life to the fullest for Him. 2017 will be a year of daily encountering Jesus, intentionally building relationships, and sharing His love and light with others. It will be a year where I invite Him to have His way in all things, trusting that the story He’s writing will always be so much greater than the one I could write on my own.

So, there you have it! I'm continuing to work on refining my goals for the year, and I'll be back soon to share those.

Are you setting goals or intentions for your year? If so, how's it going? I'd love to hear from you! :)