Happy 2018!! ‘Rewrite’ was woven throughout conversations over the last few months. Talks about health, legacy, our children’s future, generations to come, wealth, debt-free living, our marriage, friendships, spiritual growth, and our story were the topic of conversation. I honestly hadn’t put much thought into my word for 2018. Mid-December, I was jotting down my 2018 goals in my 2018 Cultivate What Matters Powersheets when I realized I actually had my 2018 word!
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines rewrite as:
2018 Word: Rewrite
You see, in the past, he and I would just
strike through a word or few sentences here and there. Several areas in our lives needed a new story. Our children and future generations needed a new story. We tore the page off our story and started over. From scratch. A clean slate.
In the area of our marriage, we decided that the big D was not an option for us. We are committed, intentional, prayerful and fighters for our marriage. Our children will see a legacy of fervent prayer, unity, friendship and most of all waiting for God to move mountains only He is able to move. Our children and future generations will have the legacy of marriage God’s way.
When it came to finances, man. This one needed to be rewritten even before we got married. I was ( work in progress) a spender. My husband was a saver. Though he saved, we never had a plan. He and I lived paycheck to paycheck (making a great living) with nothing to show for it. Month after month there was a look at the bank statement to see where our money went but we lacked direction.
From a Biblical perspective, we are to be good stewards or managers of the money we earn or receive. Mr. Austin and I had failed miserably. Last year, our church hosted Financial Peace University which changed our mindset surrounding finances. From that point on, we knew that we needed a new story for our finances. We knew it was imperative to live a debt-free life and to build a financial legacy for our children The tools we learned from FPU will be taught to each of our children.
A Look Back
Transparency moment–2017 was the first time I actually jotted down my goals in an intentional, actionable way. In the past, I would use my note app or Evernote to write down goals, desires, ideas, and thoughts. Sometimes, I even went old-school and utilized pretty post-it notes for goal setting. Because of the previous methods I used, I was unable to taste and see the wins for the season let alone for an entire year. It was eye-opening to notice the wins unfold as I reviewed 2017. Here is a list of the wins. These are by no means in any particular order. Additionally, this is not an exhaustive list, just a summarization.
- I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology
- The season of amicable separation was over. My hubs returned home, to God be the Glory!
- Our little finally nailed the whole potty training thing. They are right when they say kids won’t be in diapers forever
- Our emergency fund, for the win!
- We began a written budget plan, this was a huge win for us as we had not written a budget in all the eight years of marriage
- Started our debt-free journey, thanks, Dave Ramsey
- Joined an amazing church! Yall, this church has a heart for everyone, especially for the next generation. When our kids wanted to go to church, this was powerful and thus we found our church home.
- Gained an understanding of what truly matters to me
2017 Word: Focus ( or lack thereof)
I chose the word focus because for far too long, my mind, ideas, dreams, thoughts, and desires were all over the place. I may have focused in other areas over the other. Finishing school was at the top of the list. The ball dropped for over a decade. Self-doubt ran through my mind. Complacency became the norm in my life. Consequently, obtaining my degree was at the forefront of my mind. Fearful that I would not graduate permeated my thoughts. I second guessed myself each semester. I think because of the season I was in, it was hard to focus, completely in other areas. So much on my plate, I was going a mile a minute day in and day out. With work, kids, kid’s activities, class assignments, required reading assignments, commuting, being the wife that Mr. Austin needs. I spread myself too thin. I had to have my calendar full of activities. If my simplified planner was not full of activity, I sought to fill in the blanks. I lacked focus in this season.
I learned that I can not do it all and do life well. This nugget from Lara Casey helped me come to terms with understanding that I can choose to cultivate what matters.
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Tell me, are you going to rewrite your story in 2018? What was your word for 2018? I would love to know!
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