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Posted by on Dec 28, 2012 in Serious Stuff | 6 comments

Living on Purpose

Life went back to normal around here today. I woke up before work to enjoy a smoothie and I had brussels sprouts and rice for lunch. Gone are the Christmas cookies and casseroles. As much as I enjoy all the holiday goodies, it felt good to fuel my body with some healthy stuff today. I also completed 6.75 miles tonight and averaged an 8:05 pace, which I was pretty proud of. I would love to run a similar pace for the Zooma half…but that is a lofty goal, considering 13.1 miles is slightly more taxing than 6.75 miles.

With Christmas officially over, I’m looking ahead to the New Year and all it has to offer.


I don’t usually set New Year’s Resolutions. Most of the people in my life resolve to lose weight or get healthy on January 1st. However, I like to think that I’m pretty healthy & active year round because those habits are engrained into my day-to-day life. Since I got Ob, I typically joke that my goal for the upcoming year is just to keep her alive considering the bad track record I have with keeping plants alive.

The last 6 months have been a roller coaster for me though, both professionally and personally. I’ve spent the better part of November and December evaluating the last year of my life and thinking about what I’ve accomplished and where I’m going.

During 2012, I moved into a new house, learned how to mow a yard, started this blog, ran a few half marathons and made some good meals. But I also spent a good portion of the year reacting to life’s curveballs and choosing to stress over projects and issues that don’t matter now, much less in the long run. I let things happen to me. For the most part, I didn’t make things happen. I let fear hold me back from going after things I really wanted. For example, it took me months to actually create this blog because I was scared nobody would want to read what I wrote. I’m not even sure if my own mom reads this site, but I’m realizing I enjoy writing this blog because of the outlet it provides me. Mom – if you’re actually reading this post, that’s just the icing on the cake (which we all know is really the best part of the cake).

 I haven’t been living on purpose. I’ve been floating through life like a balloon, getting blown around by each random gust of wind. I haven’t been intentional about strengthening the relationships that mean the most to me and as a result, they’ve suffered. I haven’t been intentional about building the career I want and as a result, I’ve been going through life feeling restless and frustrated. I have been intentional about paying off debt…but I’ve also been intentional about buying furniture for that new house I’m in…so those sort of cancel each other out.

I’m committing to change some things in my life during 2013. On December 31st, I will be partaking in the resolution ritual. I am committing to live my life on purpose. The days are long, but the years are short. I want to make the most of the resources I have each day in hopes of extracting all I can out of the year. I want to be a better steward of my time and money. I am blessed to have a good job and I want to be wise with the money I earn each month.  I want to be content with what I have (read: stress less about not having that perfect nightstand in the guest room), but not complacent with where I’m at. I want to strive for a more focused life in 2013, and I think that focus will stem from some general goals that will affect the specifics of my day-to-day life.  This mindset led me to develop these goals…

  • Make things happen – this pertains to career goals, finance goals, fitness goals etc.
  • Get out of debt (Holla – I’m almost there! Must.stay.away.from.Tory.Burch.) & build my savings
  • Build stronger relationships
  • Make a game plan – establish what is most important so the days can be planned accordingly
  • Hit the snooze button less- this is part of being more intentional about fitting in daily goals

I’m refusing to live life on autopilot during 2013. I don’t want to reflect back next December and wonder where the year went. I want to look back and see the fruits of my labor. I am starting the year with a clear focus of what I want to accomplish and I want my daily life to support those goals.

Okay – your turn! What are your goals for the New Year? What are your tips for keeping the goals you set?


  1. I read your blog and enjoy what you write!
    One suggestion: obtain a copy of ‘Jesus Calling’ (you can get an Ap for iPhone is you have one)…
    I ate too many cookies, cakes and casseroles (not listed in proper alphabetical order)! I pray your new year is filled with starting you mornings reading the Word, praying over your day, influence yourself and others for Jesus and get out there and pay down that mortgage (enjoying it)! love…

    • Thank you so much for the sweet comment! 🙂 I just got that app and I love it! Thanks for the recommendation. Reading that will be a great way to start the day.

  2. I think just having a game plan is the first step. I am in the middle of writing my “resolutions” post, so we will see what I come up with! The other thing to remember is do things that you love to do and the rest will follow. I am sure Ob thinks that means you should play ball lots!

    • Haha – if Ob could set my resolutions, I’m certain they would include squirrel hunting, ball throwing and eating more chicken!

      Loved your resolutions for the New Year, Katie! 🙂 Maybe I’ll see you at a blogging conference one day in 2013.
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  3. I love this post and the idea of “living with purpose”! Not every day can be the BEST day, but it is the little moments that add up to the great ones.

    Looking forward to meeting you in a few weeks!! It will be nice to knock out that 1st half of the year 🙂
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    • You’re absolutely right, Michelle! Those little moments add up and I think they’re what we truly remember anyways!

      Can’t wait to see you at Zooma! 🙂


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