2020: New Year, New Decade

another year has come and gone, let alone another decade.

I get awfully sentimental around this time of year knowing that we are on the cusp of major change. I know in my heart that change is good, vital, and necessary, but change is also trying and challenging. But I’m ready for a clean slate and fresh start.

New year.
New expectations.
New goals.

And if you know me at all, you know I love having goals! I love dreaming big dreams and working to achieve them. This year will be no different! This year my goals are oriented around my new role as a wife, my new career as a PA, and my new home in South Carolina.

Goal #1: Love my husband with Christ’s love

This year, I want to serve and love my husband more like Christ. I want to cherish him as my Father in heaven does. Marriage is tough, refining work. It tests you in ways you never thought possible. It brings your sin and selfishness to a head, but it is so worthwhile when you learn to work together toward a common goal of glorifying God. Some days are easier than others, but all the while, God is in the midst of us.

Goal #3: Build my confidence as a PA

I also want to feel more settled and comfortable in my career as a Physician Assistant. I’ve dreamt of being a PA since 2012, my sophomore year of undergrad. Now that I’m actually doing the thing, putting in the hard work, and stumbling my way through being a new provider, it’s a lot more challenging that I expected. I’m so thankful that I decided to do a fellowship/residency after school, because there is a lot more grace and understanding. I put wrong orders in all the time, but thankfully I’m surrounded by an incredible medical and nursing staff that assists me and coaches me through the mistakes. My prayer for this year is that I would be more grounded in my faith, my calling, and my capabilities and lean on the everlasting arms of Christ more and more as I care for my patients.

Goal #3: Dig roots in SC

This year I want to find and feel settled in a local church. We are still on the hunt to find a church family here in Myrtle Beach that 1. falls in line with our beliefs and 2. feels like a home away from home. Oddly enough, that can prove challenging when you don’t know anyone in the area and your choice of churches are a bit sparser than what you’re used to.

I think both my husband and I know in our hearts that Myrtle Beach is not our final destination, it’s most likely a stepping stone on the way to our next stop. Keeping that in mind, we both want to take advantage of the time we have here and become more familiar with the area and what it has to offer. I love the beach, the sand between my toes, and the serenity of the salty breeze, but my husband much prefers the mountain air. But like I said, while we are here we want to explore the sights, get outdoors, and eat all the seafood!

Word of 2020

But outside of my goals and aspirations this year, I feel like the Lord has called me to take on a word for the year 2020. I know some of you may be thinking this is hokey and cheesy to choose a word of the year, but hear me out. After a year of incredible change and adjustments from getting married to moving states, I believe this year God’s desire for me is to dig my roots. He laid a word on my heart recently that emboldened me to do just that. That word is…STAND!

I want to STAND for what I believe in.
I want to STAND for truth in a broken world.
I want to STAND rooted in my faith that God will show up.

It’s a daring thing to STAND. It takes active courage and bold faith. And that’s exactly what I desire for this year ahead. I want to STAND confidently knowing and trusting who I am, whose I am, and what my calling is.

Do you have a word for the year 2020?

If so, leave it in the comments below! I’d love to hear how you’re making goals and pushing for heart change in the year ahead.

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