Thursday, January 2, 2014

Keeping Goals in Perspective

It is that time of year again, time for people to dream and visualize a "successful" 2014. I love setting goals. Absolutely LOVE it. But I've found that sometimes, I put a little too much emphasis in my goal setting.  Track with me for a few minutes.

This past week, the kids and I were home one night. Cayden was sitting on the floor while his sister ran around bringing him toys, helping him grasp at things, and covering him in kisses.  He was soaking it all up. His gummy smile and squeals of delight egged his sister on. Watching my two children interact was absolutely precious. The 5 minutes of sheer joy was one of the top 3 moments of 2013. It actually brought tears to my eyes.

The timing was absolutely impeccable. That same night, once the kiddos were in bed, I sat down with a journal to do some thinking about 2014 goals. That moment stuck with me. I did NOTHING to make it happen. It didn't matter how many books I had read, miles I had run, or the progress I made at work - my kids love each other and laugh often. How blessed am I?

I'm still making a list of goals. I still want to log my miles, read books, and progress my career...but things were really put into perspective for me. By the grace of God, some of my most breathtaking moments of 2014 won't be ones that my goals help me accomplish. They will be simple, pure moments. Those unexpected times when things just happen.

I hope that your year is full of those moments as well. May the most unexpected and un-deserved gifts completely rock your world.

P.S. Check out for some goal-setting guidance!  #2014GoalSetting