So I finally did it! I picked my focus word for the year. This wasn't supposed to be such a stressful exercise but in true Jessica fashion, I made it that way lol! When thinking through different words that encompassed my goals for this year, I came up with: strengthen, mindset, focus, change, and belief before I finally decided that perspective is really what I need to put my energy into.

I want to change my perspective when it comes to the difficulties we've had with infertility. This isn't something that I have control over but I do have control over about how I think. I really want to trust in the Lord and His timing for us during this time. That has to do with my perspective and has to be a daily choice with how I look at our situation.

I want to work on my perspective when it comes to comparing myself to others. It's so easy to look at the "highlight reel" of social media and just feel bad about ourselves. There's nothing wrong with my life, but I see others doing things that I want for us, and it's just a bad feeling. Envy is nobody's friend and I need to change my perspective to be thankful for everything we have. This goes hand in hand with wanting a baby. I'm so thankful for the time Mark and I have had together as a married couple. We've gone on awesome trips, had lots of freedom to do last minute things, and just grown together as adults. This is time we won't get back, so I'm trying really hard to just appreciate all those moments. Do I wish we had a little baby Bradford strapped to us during it all??? Well yeah, but one day we will. :)

Perspective is also super important during change. Ugh, that word...change. Doesn't that just make you cringe?? No, just me? Okay, well I really like love to plan and know what's going to happen next. When I'm thrown into something new, it (literally) throws me off and makes me feel very uneasy. This is something I want to work on this year. My friend, Carly, has really great perspective on all things in life, but especially change. I want to follow the advice that she has given me this year. Thanks Carly!

I've also shifted gears with how I want to run my Rodan+ Fields business. When I first started, I just wanted to share the products and was scared to build a team. I was so scared that no one would understand what I was doing, or would want to join me. Once again, my perspective needed to shift for me to unleash my full potential and the full potential of this business. Now, I don't feel like I'm trying to get people to join me,  I just want to share about this incredible business that has opened so many doors for me. I cannot imagine what my life would look like today without it. Now, it's time to dig deeper and make this bigger than I ever thought possible.

Now this might be the strangest goal of mine, but I really want to get more sleep. I know that makes me sound super old and boring but I am the worst sleeper. I am exhausted after work (from lack of sleep) and then get my second wind around 9 pm. I find myself on Facebook, Snapchat, Pinterest... you name it, until almost midnight. Then I feel like a zombie the next day and the cycle continues. I really want to make sleep a priority and put down the dang phone while I'm in bed. My friend, Emily says that she's working on staying off her phone an hour before bed and I think this is huge. I am joining you, girl! This takes a perspective shift... yes, I want to binge watch all the shows I like, and yes I want to read all the blogs I follow, but going to sleep and feeling rested is also super important for my health. Does this mean I'm a grown up now??

Church also needs to be more of a priority. When we have a busy weekend, attending church seems to be the first thing to go. I know how important it is to be filled up each week by the word and I definitely feel a difference when I don't attend. This also goes along with making morning devotions a habit. Since, I don't get a ton of sleep, waking up is the worst for me. I am such a grump in the morning and it takes me awhile to feel awake and ready to start my day. Choosing to read my devotion first thing in the morning will really start my day in the best way possible. Once again a perspective change. It's not something I HAVE to do, but want to do. :)

So what are your goals this year? Do you have a focus word? I would love to hear all about it. I think that setting goals for yourself is HUGE! It gives you focus for the new year and also keep you accountable.

My word from last year: grow.

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