Inspiration & Encouragement

Oh Hey There, 2016

Well my faithful readers, I must apologize right out of the gate today on the fact that the topic of my post is a few weeks late to be cohesive with all of the hype of the new year; however, I’m hoping that also means that it’s been long enough for you to need some fresh motivation as you continue to persevere in the journey that has begun on 2016. So, buckle up, folks, because I’ve finally got my vision for the year in line and I just had to share it with you!

(Side note: I have to take a celebratory second to acknowledge the fact that I have now been happily typing here at A Dreamer’s Inkwell for over a year now! For my creative and slightly under-focused brain, that is a major feat, as I am easily distracted from finishing things that I begin. In saying that, I must also say a heart-felt thank you for all the dreamers who continue to take time to read my many ramblings. You have no idea how much it means to me that you’re here.)

Now that the introductions and celebrations are complete, I guess I’ll meander on over to the point of today’s post. At the beginning of 2015, I shared that I try not to make resolutions; rather, I choose words to represent all my goals for the upcoming year. (If you happened to miss that one and want to check it out, you can find it here: It’s That Time Again… Time to Be You! ). Well, as I contemplated all of the things I wanted to accomplish in 2016, there was one key word that I couldn’t get away from: Discipline. I thought for sure that was going to be the one thing that I needed to focus on in each area of my life in which I hope to improve. While that is still the case, on further examination, I felt God revealing to me that there is most definitely another word that was a lot harder to admit needed to be on my priority list for this year… Surrender.

So, as I walk one day at a time in 2016, I feel that I must focus on both of these words for optimal growth. For me, surrender and discipline as one unit is finding the balance between letting go and holding on:

Letting go of the chains of my past;

Holding on to the freedom of my present and future.

 

Letting go of the opinions of others;

Holding on to who I really am.

 

Most importantly,

Releasing my tight grip of control;

Yet clinging to the value of hard work.

This year, for me, is a year for truly learning what it means to stay surrendered to God’s will for my life, and to finally know what it feels like to be disciplined enough in certain areas to see results. I’m so tired of trying so hard to control everything before it happens, yet not really putting in enough effort to make lasting changes. I believe 2016 is a year in which change is inevitable, and I’m ready for it! I’m just so thankful that God is going to be with me every step of the way.

Also, for extra motivation this year, I decided it would help to visualize my goals, so I made a vision board with my key words, Bible verses, and images of things that reminded me of some of what I’m working toward. And while I won’t go into detail about all of my personal goals that the board represents, I still wanted to share it with you in case you needed some ideas for making one for your own goals:

vision board

I decided to organize my goals in somewhat of a categorical system because I felt these were the areas of my life in which I wanted to have the most discipline: Spiritual, artistic, physical, and financial.

So, now it’s your turn! I want to hear all about what you guys are doing to stay motivated this year. Maybe you have a word that encompasses your goals, or a completely different method to visualizing your goals. If so, I’d love for you to comment or email your thoughts.

And again Dreamers, thanks for a fabulous year & cheers for what’s to come!

XOXO

Mackenzie Morgan

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