And So The Adventure Begins

And So The Adventure Begins
 photo + calligraphy: @andrearhowey

photo + calligraphy: @andrearhowey

ADVENTURE // My word for 2018.

Every year I go through this personal goal setting process. Like a serious, half day, let me evaluate the previous year, benchmark that against what I said I was going to do, review if I achieved it, what's working, what isn't working type goal setting process. It's a lot y'all. Insert the "Dis Tew Much" meme here. But honestly I think it's served its purpose for the last several years. I've achieved almost everything I set out to do in several different aspects of my life, and a few things that I didn't. Not tooting my own horn, but it's worked for my semi type A personality.

But this year...I wanted this year to be different.

My goal setting process went more like this for 2018:

Are you happy?

What/who makes you happy?

What's good in your life?

What's missing in your life?

What have you been putting off that you want to do?

What are you doing when you feel the most alive?

How can you do more of that?

This year the process was more about how I FELT and how I wanted to feel and less about checking boxes. Less about stacking up more achievements and more about LIVING. And as I went through the process my heart keep coming back to the word ADVENTURE. I decided that instead of having all of these personal "SMART" goals this year (y'all I literally in the past wrote them out as smart goals LOL), I was going to choose one word. And the promise to myself was that everything I did this year would be in service of this word.


So here I am, out of my comfort zone, with no SMART goals written down about to commit to  live a year of adventure. What does that look like?  In town adventures. Traveling adventures. Spontaneous adventures. Adventures by myself. Adventures with family/friends. It looks like me LIVING. It looks like me not worrying about what I don't have and me enjoying and soaking up every minute of this beautiful life that God has given me.

Will this year change me? I don't know, but I hope so. My hope is that at the end of the year that I'm a better sister, daughter, aunt and friend. My hope is that my heart is beaming and appreciative and filled with JOY that this is the life I get to live.

I talked more about my "Year of Adventure" (inspired by Shonda Rhimes' book Year of Yes -- if you haven't read it, read it my friend) on Instagram this week. Want to watch the video? Head on over to my page click the pinned story on my profile to hear me talk about it. Also click FOLLOW because I'll be posting this adventurous life there and you won't want to miss it.

❤ Ty