My 2024 Goal

One of my goals for 2024 is to live a life worth writing about, something Brad, my mentor, always encourages us to do. So, let’s recap what my January looked like! Here is something I did, something I saw, and something I learned in January 2024!

Something I did: Published a book

Why not start the year off with a bang, right? January 18th, 2024, we officially launched Lawless!

If you had asked me two years ago where I thought I’d be in my author career, I would have looked at you, aghast, wondering how you knew that I even wrote let alone wanted to be an author. I didn’t share my writing with anyone—and those I did share it with had to pry it out of my hands to read it. I was (and still am) rather shy when it comes to sharing things that are close to my heart. Especially my writing.

Which is why I’m blown away by the response we’ve gotten from Lawless. It gained #1 in its category within the first twenty-four hours of the launch! Also, Brad took us out for steak to celebrate, which was 100% worth all the hours I put into the project. Now, I’m looking forward to my next project, obviously, so that I can get more steak.

Something I saw: Snow!

I was at a gas station, pumping gas right after it had snowed when I looked past me and saw a snow angel. It was a single snow angel next to a highway, and it struck me. I could just picture this person, on a road trip, filling up their tank, looking at the beautiful glistening snow, and deciding to leave their mark. To take the moment of joy, no matter who saw them or what they looked like.

The simplicity of it was absolutely beautiful. =)

Something I learned: Overcoming Lies

I’m often overwhelmed with the amount of things God has taught me—and underwhelmed with my progress in actually learning. We all believe lies. We all have pain. And God wants to speak to us about these things.

I don’t like believing things that aren’t true—that would mean I’m not perfect. And I really really like being perfect, or as close to it as I can get. So, sometimes, when God points out a fault in my logic, or a lie I believe, I push myself to get over it and learn the lesson as fast as possible. Just snap my fingers and be done with it…and if I can’t be done with it, I’ll bully myself until I am.

Well, I was sitting in church, trying to worship but really just lamenting to God about how slow I was in getting over a particular pain point. I stood in church, during worship, asking God over and over to show me what I needed to do to get over this lie. To get past this pain. Then, I heard the quiet whisper of God.

“Look around you.”

I opened my eyes and subtly glanced around the room. My friends were deep in worship—their hands lifted and their eyes closed. In my mind, I could almost see them glowing.

“Simply being around those who seek me will help you uncover the lies you believe. It will happen in my timing, so stop pressuring yourself.”  

My January was full of many highs and lows. I had to face some uncomfortable lies that I believed about the world and myself. But it was also a month of slowing down. Of being reminded to stop, take a deep breath, and maybe make a snow angel or two. =)

How was your January?

A great way to stay busy during the slow month of January is to read!

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