Today I'm taking a sec to cool down and reflect on what I would consider a very life changing summer. Last summer this time I began to feel a stirring in my heart that being comfortable just wasn't enough for me. I wouldn't say I've even remotely done everything on my dream list, but this year I've jumped into the deep end and decided that EASY living is for the birds. Right now I'm laying in my hammock watching my sweaty feet cool down, because in many ways, they're tired. GOOD tired. As my husband likes to say...exhaustified.

This year I've started new adventures (not a common thing for me) in a few key areas, it's been honestly a lot of hard work. But for tonight, I'm putting my feet up and just reflecting. Reflecting on all God's doing, and allowing myself to dream for even harder things- things that will turn my small dreams into huge impact.

Just for fun, I'm sharing my list with you all. And quite honestly, because I know that some of you may ask me about them in passing... it will cause me to be on my toes ;). In the months to come I'll be sharing more on each area but for now, here's a brief synopsis:

  1. Health- I've been working out for years, but haven't felt too challenged. I've watched the intensity of Crossfit from a distance and decided it was not for me, for ONE reason: it was too hard. After some gentle coaxing and encouragement from Taka, I knew I needed a change. So last week I took the plunge and started! Has it been hard? OH yeah. but I'm learning I CAN do hard things and I actually LIKE it. And I'm PROUD of myself!

  2. Spiritual Growth- I've committed to reading at least 1-2 nights a week. People... I hate reading in general. Trust me when I say... This is huge and has impacted me a TON in only 2 months.

  3. Friendships- this is a toughie. Heart on sleeve moment... Over the years it seems every one of my best friends has moved away or started some phase of life that separates us. I sort of gave up on trying again, and have actively tried NOT to get too close to others for fear of just losing them. But I've decided: that's a lonely, shallow, and immature way to live. So, I'm starting over and pouring into new ones (regardless of the possibility of separation).

  4. Ministry- I'm leading my first missions trip to Cambodia. What?! Really, need I say more?! I'm so not adventurous by nature, but this is a new level. I can't WAIT to see what God will do.

  5. Personal- I started writing a book. Yes, you read that right. Part of the book ties in with this very topic... Facing hard things that have happened in my life. Crazy stuff you wouldn't even believe if I told you. And you know what? It's changing my life. More to come on this :).

Well friends, thanks for joining me on this blog. I'd love to take a bunch of you with me on this journey over the next year of doing things the hard way... Not for the sake of just doing them, but because life is short and I want to be ALL I was created for, not just a lame, scared, and cozy version. Good is no longer good enough! I'd love to hear some feedback from you on your OWN goals this year. What are you doing that scares you?

Xoxo,

Natalie