Habits To Bring Into 2019

Happy New Year! I can not believe that it is 2019. With that being said however, it does seem that everyone is ready for a new year. If you have read my post on Monday about how I picked the word purpose for the year 2019. With the goal in mind to live 2019 intentionally. You can read Monday’s post here My Word For The New Year.

To kick off the new year, I am going to start some new habits and start some routines. They say it takes about 30 days to form a new habit. So I already got a jump start on the two that I am starting now. I am going to break this down into two posts so that way we can focus on each thing. Habits and routines are good for the three main areas of our lives:

  1. Spiritually
  2. Physically
  3. Mentally

Habit one that I am going to be getting into today cover Spiritual and Mental health. Journaling.

These are the two main journals that I am working through this year. I will link the two here and where you can find them. So let’s chat about journaling.

I have been using journals off and on since I was 12. I will be 28 this year in March so I will let you wonderful people do the math. I have always loved using my words on paper to communicate and sort through my feelings. Journaling is a safe place.

The journal on the left is a journal from a set of three from the Hearth and Hand With Magnolia collection at Target. I got them for Christmas from Colin (my husband) and I have already started using Volume 1. They are numbered in volumes and they are so pretty. You can find them here Hearth and Hand Hardcover Journals.

I have been using this journal at the end of the day. I make a hot tea, light a candle, pick out a pretty pen and put on some relaxing music and journal until I feel relaxed and ready to start the part of my night routine where I am about to turn in for the night. It has been come one of my favorite parts of my evening. Bonus, I also sleep so much better because I don’t have so much going on in the way of running thoughts.

For the journal on the right…

This is a prayer journal. I started it on the 1st. I had it preordered and I believe it had come in October… I think.. anyway I love how it is broken down into sections. Plus it has space for verses your memorizing for the month, and blank slots to really customize your monthly prayer list. Plus, how pretty is this Dust Rose color? I am still hoping they will do a Eggplant Purple one year! You can find this journal for the new year 2019 Yearly Prayer Journal.

So I have been using this in the morning, with my cup of coffee and right before I start reading my Bible. I find that taking some time to pray before I read helps me to focus on what I am reading. Before I committed to getting the yearly one, I tried out the 6 month prayer journal. I will link it here 6 month compose prayer journal.

I will show you what mine looked like last year:

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I love how each year the journals are different!!!!

They are pretty and I just love these journals! it makes my prayer time feel more intentional.

So there is part one of habits I am putting into the practice in the new year. For those of you who journal, I am doing monthly journaling prompts. I have the one I am using for January pinned on Pinterest here.

That way you can join me! What are some habits that you are trying to make happen in the new year?

B

My Word For The New Year.

Well, here we are. The last day of 2018. in one way it is hard to believe that here we are at the end of another year. In another,  I am breathing a sigh of relief. I made it!! I have survived, even if I feel as though I barely made it in one piece. I did.

Every Year I strive for a new word to be the theme of my new year. I don’t believe I posted a “word” for the new year last year. Which in a way turned out to be for the better. In the coming year I decided to not only pick a word, but to do a bucket list of goals for the coming new year. A list of things that I know I can accomplish. It also goes hand in hand with the word that I picked for the new year.

My word for the new year is: PURPOSE. 

I am going to live my life out in the new year with purpose. I am going to live fully and purposefully. I am going to take what I learned this year about being myself and carry it over throughout the new year as well. If you read my post about how I am going to try and blog more.

I am going to get myself healthier in the three big areas of my life; physically, mentally and spiritually. I am looking forward to the new year and the changes that await me. I will be heading into my 28th birthday, my sixth wedding anniversary…. I already have some fun blog ideas for the new year, to help establish where I want my blog to be by this time next year. I am looking forward to exploring and navigating this crazy thing called life in this new year!

Happy New Year my friends!

xo

B

2016

Well it is officially January 3rd. A new year, a fresh start. I chose to take a holiday break from blogging. I didn’t feel like I had a lot to say, life got busy. Even scary at times. Taking a small break meant I got to read more, enjoy life. I realized that all those writing blocks I felt, were caused by me. So now that they are gone, I feel creative again.

2015 was a refining year for me. I don’t think we ever stop learning who we are as a person. However, 2015 was the year I finally felt like I came to the place where I loved who I was completely. It’s been a long time since I felt like I was in a place where I was comfortable in my own skin. I never quite felt like I fully faced the fact that I still heard and beloved the lies that someone else put in my head. I felt silly and even stupid. But it’s not silly and it’s certainly not stupid. I needed to come to the point where I believed in who I was. Yeah, I have scars but I don’t have to be defined by them. 

I also learned more about love. I didn’t think by a long shot that I would face my mom getting sick after a surgery that resulted in a hospital stay and another surgery. Praise God she is doing so good now. 

Loving my husband more then I did the last and the both of us have learned how precious it is to spend time together.

Seeing people you love hurting is hard and sometimes just loving them is all you can do. 

I made friends and lost friends. Learned more about God’s love and learning to trust that His ways are better.
Now here we are. 2016. I am looking forward. I have been blogging 2 years and excited for what this year has in store. So hello 2016, welcome!

5 Intentions

I can not believe 2014 is coming to a close! This year started on a sad note and is ending on a happy note. Today also marks my blog being a year old! I am so blessed to be blogging and I can not wait for a new year of blogging!

This coming year I want to do 5 intentions for the new year as opposed to doing a New Years resolution. I want to challenge you to do the same. Let’s be intentional. Let’s become more like Jesus and less like the world. The 5 intentions that I want to work on are in 5 areas in my life. Health, Spiritual, Personal Challenge, Friendships, Marriage. 
 My 5 Intentions For 2015:
1. Health: I am getting back into yoga. I was introduced to Holy Yoga, and I love it! I am going to do a more in depth post on Holy Yoga and how it has benefited me health wise as well as spiritually. 
2. Spiritual: I want to be intentionally joyful as well as thankful. I want to be teachable and start praying more. 
3. Personal Challenge: Learn to use my gifts to bring glory to God. 
4. Friendships: To build and cultivate all of my friendships. Not allowing my intervert personality to be an excuse. 
5.Marriage: To serve my husband with my whole heart and to do so joyfully! 
 
What are you 5 intentions for this coming year? 
 
~Brandy