Word for 2018

Happy new year, Friends!

If you‘be been following me around in the last couple years you’ll now that ever year I choose a word the sets the tone for the upcoming 12 months. Last year, my word of the year was “Forward” and the year definitely lived up to its name.

In 2017 I laid a foundation for the current year. A lot of work had been done in 2017 to hopefully make 2018 the best year yet!

I’ve been thinking about what my word for 2018 would be for months now. I know this might seem silly but it’s a big deal to me. I just feel like it’s really important for me to have a running theme. Before I reveal my word for 2018 I’d like to lay a little bit of back story on how I chose it.

In October and November I reflected extensively on the past year. I set my goals based on what I have accomplished, what I didn’t get to cross off my list, and the foundation I set for the upcoming years. Because of that, I realized that this year’s word for 2018 is BUILD.

* I want to build a happy family with my husband

* I want to build successful businesses

* I want to build my relationship with God and involve Him in everything I do

* I want to build relationships with people

* I want to build confidence in myself

What is your word for the year?


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Lately and June Goal Setting

You know when reality just smacks you in the face out of nowhere? Yeah, that happened to me on Monday.

Let me start by saying this year so far has been quite the whirlwind! So much to be grateful for, so many things that have brought me back down to reality. I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs and it’s only May. All in all I have to say I’m blessed and I know it. I’m thankful beyond belief. I have a loving husband, wonderful family, great friends, and thriving businesses. What more could a girl ask for?

But Monday came, and I feel like I got punched in the gut with negativity. The cause was one of the things that has held me back my whole life – ME. My need for constant progress, my need to be the solution, and my habit not taking care of myself.

You see, on Monday I realized that I had all these wonderful people and all these wonderful things. I have a relationship with God that has far surpassed anything that I ever thought I could have. But I still felt like there was something missing and I figured it out. It was self acceptance. Not only self acceptance but self love. The same love I have for God, my family, and my friends is the love that I wished I would show myself. I want to be able to show myself grace.

But I don’t.

Over time, I’ve just grown to resent myself and found myself unworthy. And that there lies the problem. It has always been the problem. I have been the problem.

On Tuesday, I caught something on Twitter or Instagram, can’t remember where or who exactly TBH. But it was the answer I needed to take 1 step toward self acceptance.

Keep your head down and do the work.

We’re living in a time where we have so many options and so much information at our finger tips. Lots of us feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. But I firmly believe that if I wasn’t being fed so much information I wouldn’t be as distracted. I’d be able to focus more on the things that help me improve, be better, be more intentional – the things that matter.

Starting in the month of June I’m going to take it 1 day at a time. My goal is to start creating habits that contribute to a better me – spiritually, mentally, and physically. I want to just focus, keep my head down, mind my own business, and put in the work. I want to be able to love myself and show myself some grace. I want to feel worthy of God’s love, the love of my friends and family, and my own love. God already says I’m worthy, why don’t I treat myself like I am?

So cheers to June! I’m excited to slowly chip away at the things that are eating me up inside.


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February Goal Setting

Hello February! The last week and few days of January was full of jet lag and playing catch up so I’m really excited to start the new month of right. Still working through the jet lag but hey, at least I’m trying right?! 😛 I have 3 main goals this month.

First, to get back on my normal routine. Like I said, our trip completely messed up our sleeping schedule which got our productivity way down to just the bare minimum to get us by. I want to get back to waking up no later than 8 am, having breakfast, getting ready, working, exercising, having dinner, and repeat. Be in bed by 11 pm, sleep by midnight. Boom.

Secondly, I need to get on that diet life. We ate so much in the Philippines. Like anything and everything lol! So I did a smoothie diet for 3 days when we got back and now am on my low carb/keto diet. To be completely transparent here, though, I haven’t even stuck to it for the last week and a half I’ve been home. That’s why this month’s main focus is to buckle down and get serious about it.

Last but not least, my third goal for February is to update my household and spending budget. Ever since Charlie and I went full time ownership (meaning neither of us are employed by someone else) we’ve had to make some major adjustments to our lifestyle. One of those things is our spending habits. I created a list of everything we spend on – groceries, mortgage payments, utilities, cell phone, credit card payments, etc. so I can make rough estimate of how much we need every month. That way I can set our pay coming from the businesses at that amount. What I really want to do for this month is to start my long term goal of having a larger savings. I decided to give myself and Charlie an allowance of $40 each a week for spending money (clothes, shoes, eating out, etc.). Once that $40 is spent, it’s spent until next week’s $40. If we want to purchase something more than $40 we can save until we have the extra money to do so. 🙂

When I did an analysis of our spending last year most of it was from eating at restaurants. I really want to make this a habit so that we don’t over spend. Wish us luck lol!



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