Here’s to 2017

I hope you’ve had a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! I decided to take off a few weeks from blogging since, let’s face it, this time of year is so busy! My husband and I took off a couple weeks from work and started our Christmas vacation in Freeport, GBI with my parents, sister, and brother, then flew back to NY (stayed up until 3am finishing a Christmas blanket for my niece) and drove up the next morning to Syracuse for another two days with my husband’s family.

And now here we are, the holidays are over and it’s the first day of 2017. I feel like with each passing year, I can’t help but ask myself where the time has gone (which I find weird since I’m only 25 and that’s something a 60-year-old says, haha). It’s officially 5 years since I graduated from college. I’ve been working in my current job for The Salvation Army for 3 years. My husband and I have been married for a year and a half, and this year will be 7 years as a couple.

A lot of the milestones I dreamed of as a kid are over–the graduations, the wedding, the significant birthdays–but there is still so much to look forward to–buying a house, starting a family, writing my first book (fingers crossed!). I know more than a quarter of my life is over already, but I look forward to each new milestone as it comes.

There is a bit of controversy as to whether new years resolutions should be made. I am firmly on the pro-resolutions side. I look at resolutions as goals; something to look forward to and work toward in the new year. In 2015, I had a list of resolutions I wanted to keep, and I’m so proud of myself when I look at that list and know that I accomplished most of them (I didn’t maintain the weight loss I had for our wedding, haha).

In 2016, I can’t remember if I decided not to make a resolutions list, but I don’t have anything saved for the year. Instead, Andrew and I attended a church service in January where we were encouraged to pray over our family and what our year would look like. This is what we came up with:


Sitting with him in that auditorium, it was fun to have a moment alone together, map out our year, pray for our lives, and pray for the events we were looking forward to. In a way, we made resolutions together, although they aren’t very specific in nature.

So this year, in 2017, I plan to make my own personal resolutions, and resolutions with my husband (minus the cheesy graphics). My personal goals concentrate on improving my health and fitness, and boosting my writing habits. I already have an idea what our joint 2017 will look like, but I will post a photo after we sit down and do it together.

I’d encourage you to look at your own list of goals for this year. What are you hoping to accomplish? What is the biggest change you’d like to see this year? In Your finances? Health? Time-management? Those are really only the most popular, the list goes on and on.

One of the great things I try to do is I make my resolutions general enough that I know I can accomplish them in one way or another, but there are multiple ways to get to the end point (such as my publishing goals for 2017–who knows where I will be published, but I have a goal for number of articles/stories I’d like to see in print). Make things vague enough that there are multiple paths to your goals, and I promise, they won’t seem nearly as daunting.

I’d love to hear your top goal for the year! My number 1 writing goal is to update this blog every week, preferably on Saturday. Let me know what your goals are for the year, and we can encourage one another through prayer.

Rachael ❤




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