I LOVE the concept of a New Year - the consciousness of renewal, the feeling of optimism and hope, the clean slate and self reflection. Plus, January 1st was on a MONDAY - talk about a fresh start! The OCD freak inside of me that feeds off organization & planning LOVES this! 2017 was a good year, for lots of reasons: John and I celebrated five years of marriage, I dug deeper into my faith and relationship with Jesus, I set off on new adventures in my career and planted seeds in new relationships with people who believe in what I'm doing, I had to opportunity to share the stage with some of my heroes, and I grew a lot in discovering more about who I am and what I want to do in this life. 

Naturally, I'm a worrier. But this year during the week between Christmas and New Year's, I have felt an incredible sense of peace and hope (thank you Jesus!) There is a stillness in the air that's very comforting, especially for a person like me who isn't very good at being still. I have this gut feeling that 2018 is going to one to remember. Something is stirring deep within my soul telling me that this year is going to be GRAND - and that is SO exciting!


In the past, I've never been one for making resolutions - I don't really know why. Maybe it's because I knew I wouldn't stick to them (or maybe it's because I really do try to strive to be a better person everyday any way... let's settle for that. Ha!) This year, I actually have resolutions and plans to see them through...

1. Quiet Time & Journaling - I spend every morning having a mindful moment over coffee, reading my bible and praying. The last couple of months haven't been very fulfilling because I haven't really been giving God the attention he deserves (thanks holiday hustle!) I'd been thinking about this for a while so for Christmas, I asked Santa for the She Reads Truth bible. I like the bible I have but this version is FULL of detail including timelines, commentary, memory verses, and devotions - I can't wait to dive in! I also have a prayer journal and a scripture journal from The Daily Grace Co. I love the writing prompts & guides — this prayer journal and this bible study journal are great too!

2. It's OK to not be OK... but it's not okay to unpack your bags and live there. I'm not a hopeful person by nature, so my main resolution is to change my way of thinking! (Gosh, saying that out loud makes it sound so much harder! Why didn't I decide on healthier eating or working out more?) 2017 was a good year but with it came a handful of set backs. Sometimes, I gave too much life to the disappointment. Instead of waking up and telling myself, "That was yesterday. Today is a new day," I wallowed in the let down a little too long. So, 2018 is going to be my year of HOPE! Despite whatever trials come my way, I'm determined to learn how to approach each day with a hopeful attitude. How? Well, quality quiet time & journal will help with beginning each day positively. I also LOVE podcasts and listen to them while I'm traveling. A couple weeks ago I started listening to one every morning. Sometimes I listen to an encouraging, uplifting episode and other days, I listen to interviews specific to the music business. After listening, I am so invigorated with optimism and perspective! It's so reassuring listening to other's stories of hard work, defeat, and success! Do you want to know which podcasts I'm listening to? Should that be a blog post? Comment below!

3. More Salads... Less tacos. Typically, I eat very clean any way. And I do something physical 2-3x a week whether it's working out at the gym or taking a long walk with my hubby. BUT again — with the holidays, that has NOT been my routine. So, I need a diet reset. I'm not into cleanses so I'm going to be extra mindful of my choices (step away from the chocolate and all the cheese) and maybe step up my fitness to 3-4x a week.

4. Budgeting - I LOVE BUDGETING! Which is so ironic because math is not my strength (I failed college algebra. Twice.) My husband and I do an excellent job at only spending within our means. But, I love a challenge and I'd like to sit down with our budget each month and see if we can do even better! 

5. Try new things with my career - I felt a shift in my career last year. I was able to look at what I was doing and decide what worked for me and what didn't and from that I could make better plans and decisions. I feel a stirring in my heart leading me to try things I never have before in terms of performing, songwriting, and branding. Well... that can be terrifying especially when it comes to your career and providing for your family! But, I'm jumping in with eyes wide open and I'm embracing whatever unfolds — which is so not like me. I like routine. I like predictability. I hate surprises. I need to know ALL the details. Well, *NEWS FLASH: LIFE DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY! And its time to be brave and go where it feels right. For Christmas, I was gifted the book, 100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs. I love all of Annie's books but I'm extra excited to crack open this one and now is the perfect time! I plan on following up after the first 100 Days of 2018 so I'll be sure to share with you what I've learned and how I've applied it!

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