It’s a new year!! 2014! You know what means . . . NEW YEAR = NEW GOALS.
Being a blogger, I follow many other blogs and get all kinds of inspiration from them. A couple of years ago, the blogger of LESSCAKEMOREFROSTING.COM put on a series where she featured other bloggers and had them, including herself, pick “one little word” for the year to describe them. I enjoyed reading through the posts and seeing what word each person chose.
I decided that I wanted to do that this year. Before the year ended, I knew what word I wanted. When I started creating the graphics for the post, I was having second thoughts. Maybe the word I should choose is CONSISTENT. Or BETTER. I talked about my dilemma with my daughter. There are so many areas in my life that I need to be BETTER at, but in the end figured out that in order to be BETTER, I needed to be BRAVE.
One of my big goals this year, is to work on my blog more. Many times there are things I want to write about, but don’t. Either because I think people wouldn’t care or because I worry about what people would think when they did read it. This is where the BRAVE comes in. I’ve decided that if I’m gonna be a blogger, I need to be BRAVE in what I post and not worry about everyone’s opinions. Otherwise, I have no business being a blogger. I’m hoping to regularly post things that are on my mind. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. A blogger that I follow right now, Kristen Duke Photography, has inspired me to follow through with this.
I’ve also decided to be BRAVE in my networking with other bloggers. I always feel like it’s a club that I’m not cool enough to be in, but if I am not BRAVE enough to put myself out there, nothing will happen.
I will be BRAVE in showing more love and affection to my husband and children. It’s sad I know, that I would be shy to show my love. Don’t get me wrong, I do say “I love you” often to my family. I just wasn’t raised where we said “I love you” every time we hung up the phone, or left for the day, but through others’ examples and even some of my children, I’m getting better at it.
I will be more BRAVE in letting people know what I stand for, and inviting others to learn more about it. By the way, in case you didn’t know, I’m a Mormon. You can read more about that HERE. If you are LDS, have you ever filled out a profile on mormon.org? No? Do it!
Many times, I make goals of doing more service. It’s a commitment I unfortunately don’t follow through with always. I do get shy about it. I always worried about what the person would think. I make many excuses of why I can’t help and then miss the opportunity. On Instagramm the other week, a friend had been talking about how we shouldn’t throw the cliche phrase of “call me if you need anything”, because we know that more times than not, that person won’t call. I never did, when asked the same question, even though I may have at one time or another. A friend responded by sharing how her mother never said that. What she did instead was say, “What time would be good for me to take you to your appointment” or “should I pick up your daughter at 9am or 10am?” I LOVED that! It’s a new approach I think I will adopt.
I will be BRAVE in reaching out to new people I encounter. I get anxiety doing this, not knowing what to say, but when I put myself in other’s shoes, which I have been before many times, I’ve appreciated so much when someone has noticed that I’m new and need a friend.
BRAVE will be my one little word that I will work on for 2014.
What will yours be?