Inspiration / Life

Dear 2018: I’m Awake.

Photos c/o Tutti del Monte

As I’m thinking and praying into all that 2018 has in store I am leaning into…

Being open to the unexpected.

Being used by God to encourage those He brings into my path.

Moving deeper into rest and balance.

Staying open to love, and holding on to hope.

Being clear with what I want, and where I feel I am being called to.

In 2018…

I long to see God do specific miracles in my life and in the lives of those around me.

I want a loving and committed relationship with a godly man of integrity who has vision for his life, and is unthreatened and in support of my dreams and visions.

I plan to continue to invest into my health and increase my physical strength and endurance.

I want to use my voice and my life stories to encourage and empower others to embrace their value and worth.

I hope to scale The Refined Woman, and build our incredibly gifted and committed team.

I want to get out of debt completely, and begin saving so I can one day buy a house.

If there is anything I have learned over the last year; it’s that life can change in an instant.  The invitation is to be open and flexible for when our own plans change.  Sometimes what I think are huge plans for my life are small compared to the things God has up His sleeve.

If there’s anything I see for 2018 it’s this:  The winds of change are here.

I believe I’ll look back on this year as one that set a new trajectory for my life, relationships, and career.

Join me!

  1. Get specific:  What are 5 things you want to see in your life over the next 12 months?
  2. Get clear:  How focused on each of these goals can you get?  Spend time with each dream.  Journal and unpack for yourself what it would take from you to see these things become a reality.  Then spend time journaling what it would look, feel, sound, and taste like if these things were actually a reality in your life.

Intentions stay ideas until we have the courage and discipline to incorporate them into our every day decisions.

I’m awake, and I’m ready.



2 comments on “Dear 2018: I’m Awake.”

  1. I love this post! It resonates so much with the season that I am in.

    5 things you want to see in my life over the next 12 months:
    – I want to renew my focus on God and listen closely to His plans for me.
    – Self-acceptance is my word for the year. I want to learn more about who I am through life, through friends, through experience and through therapy. Within that self-love is something I really want to embrace this year.
    – I want to help woman find their own authentic identity & beauty; I want to write more on subjects related to this on my Instagram and website(s). I would love to give them the encouraging they need without crossing my own boundaries.
    – business wise I want to almost double my income without exhausting myself. I want support a good cause through my business, increase the things & services I love like teaching and mentoring and in all that have more spare time to focus on my family and my health.
    – I want to build more healthy, intimate and “real” relationships with others, but also with myself. Also I would love to have more authentic relationships within business relations. Finding (specifically) woman who are not only shouting “hustle!” but also look within themselves what they truely desire instead of running after wind.

    It’s so nice to write this out! I am busy with my focus and financial plan for this year. Last year was so unexpected, fragile and one big hard lesson. I want to take my time and focus to find true balance. Thank you for this amazing website! I listened to your podcast with Jenna Kutcher and honestly couldn’t agree more with everything you said!

    x Bertina Bartlett

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