My Five Goals for the New Year

goals for the new year

This is the post that almost didn’t get written. How’s that for starting the New Year off with a bang? It is almost 2016 as I write this. The Crimson Tide is rolling on the TV. There a few giggling sleepover girls in my bed watching Rhett and Link. And I am tasked with putting my 2016 goals in written form before morning.

Y’all. I’m tired. I am ending 2015 tired. I stay tired. I am physically tired. Emotionally. Spiritually, too. I am tired of trying to cram too much into 24 hours. I am tired of feeling like I failed to be my best every day. I’m tired of being a tired wife and parent.

I am ready for rest.

This fall, a friend prayed over me almost every week after small group. Every prayer included the word rest. She knows I juggle a lot of roles. Most women do. But, it was like she saw deeper into me than I could see with my weary eyes. I’m not sure about modern-day prophecy. I grew up Baptist so it’s a relatively new concept for me to consider. I truly feel her words were prophetic.

I didn’t know how tired I was until she spoke rest over me.

I am not a one word person. I am the girl who set 3 dozen goals last year. However, rest has followed me around for months like a loyal puppy begging for attention. I selected rest as my word and added five to it–because five is kind of my number.

Friday Five

Today’s #FridayFive is a given. It’s January 1–time to share Five Goals. I decided to collect five words from my Five Hopes for a Promising New Year post a few weeks ago. You can find details and reasoning behind my words there. If you are trying to set goals, I suggest you start with your hopes and build on them.

Five Goals for the New Year


  • Memorize 2 verses each month.
  • Prayer (this goal is “under construction”).


  • Intentional time with David weekly, date night monthly.
  • One annual getaway.


  • Facilitate the kids’ participation in household chores using 30 for $30 method (see Cleaning House by Kay Wyma for details.)


  • Read two books each month.
  • Finish reading Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford by January 31. Make decisions about unplugging in order to engage with my family.
  • Publish at least 1 eBook.


  • Work towards 7 hours of rest each night.
  • Complete Priscilla Shirer’s Breathe study by February 28. Follow the Spirit’s leading regarding keeping Sabbath.
  • Complete Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free Academy by January 31.

I learned so much about goal setting from my hits and misses last year. I left habits and routines off of my list. I don’t necessarily need to track my exercise; it is a lifestyle. I am a regular blogger without a goal hanging over my head. Because I seek rest this year, I chose not to overwhelm my list of goals for the year with a lot of detail. I review my goals monthly, weekly, sometimes daily.  The details will show up in those regular reviews.

I still kept my goals measurable, attainable, and accountable. These are three essential elements of effective goal setting.

The ball is dropping on 2015 as I type these words. It’s time to say farewell to tired and hello to rest.

Happy New Year, friends!

#FridayFive Link Up

You guys have been one of my favorite things of 2015! Thank you for your comments and links. Share a goal or two in the comments. Or link your goal post using the button below. Hopefully, we can keep one another accountable in the coming months! Solidarity, sisters!

January Friday FiveBe sure to come back next week and share some encouragement for perseverance with us!

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  1. And just like that we get a do over. Welcome 2016! I’m so glad I’m doing this year with you in my life.

  2. Coffe cups up to the blank page waiting to be written

  3. Great list! I am a One Word girl, but our lists have similar break downs.

  4. Great list. I’m seeing lots of similarities with mine 🙂

  5. Kelly, I’ve been working on my goals for 2016 off and on for a couple weeks. Your post inspired me to look for the themes & simplify into 5 simple words. I am also NOT a one-word person! Happy New Year – thank you for sharing your gifts! Here’s my #FridayFive

    —> With my husband
    —> With my children
    —> With extended family
    —> With friends
    —> My passions: writing, serving, reading, artsy crafts outlets
    —> Order in my home
    —> Memories with my family
    —> Space in my schedule for spontaneity and time to foster deep connections
    —> Routines,
    —> My expectations
    REPLENISH –> My spirit, my mind, my heart, my energy. Replenish 365 course.
    —> the Partial Solution
    —> the Beauty in the Chaos
    —> the People in my Life

    • Danielle, these are so, so, so good! By focusing on these five words, you can move from month to month, week to week, and day to day with intentionality. Hopefully, these five words will turn into actionable steps and beautiful memories!

  6. Hopefully, I didn’t break the link-up rules too badly. I have listed goals in seven categories. Can I call it my Friday Five (+ 2)? All the best for a wonder-filled, blessing-filled new year, one and all.

  7. I am such a list maker, so I had to combine my one word (which ended up being two words) with my list. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  8. Hi Kelly nice to meet you and read your post! I don’t usually write New Year’s resolutions because they feel like vows that I don’t keep. I really like the idea of setting some goals instead. Goals are easily broken down into little steps. I’m focusing on little steps on my blog so It makes great sense to focus on little steps in my life. Thanks for the encouragement

    • There is a gap between resolutions and goals. Last night, I heard a very famous person say his resolution is “to be a better person.” I don’t know that he will end 2016 any better than he is today. But, to say I will give to one person in need each week (like my friend, Andrea of Empty Plate Full Heart), will most definitely get you closer to being a better person. Come back and share some of your goals with me; I’d love to give you a high five!

  9. I love that you based your five goals on your five hopes. What a wonderful idea!

    Looking forward to getting to know you better this year and visiting here more often!

  10. Love this. Love you. Rest well!!

  11. Oh my friend – I so understand. My word for this year is “enjoy” and I sense that the word “rest” is for me too. May we enjoy this year as we rest in the loving arms of our Father. Happy New Year.

  12. Love this! You have set a great example for us of how to choose measurable, achievable goals. I also love your wisdom in acknowledging your need for more rest in your life. I so admire your ability to juggle all your roles in this season, but you are wise to realize the need for balance and choices. These years with your kiddos will fly by! You have been such an inspiration to me this year. Keep writing, sister!!

  13. Listen. Normally I don’t do New Year’s resolutions either. But when I sat down to write my New Year’s blog the other night, I felt that was the word God was giving me.

  14. Thank you for the link up!

  15. These are great. I love your categories so you can stay focused on different areas of your life. I especially love your date night and one getaway w/ the hubs goal.

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