2015 Goals – Year of Above & Beyond



Happy New Year!! It’s 2015, yippeeeeeee! I hope all of you had a wonderful New Years Eve. Instead of making resolutions for the new year, I decided to make 2015 a year of exceeding my goals, a year of going the extra mile, a year of Above and Beyond. Here are my Goals for 2015!


1. Be More Intentional about Christ

I always say I want to get closer to God. At some point it became a generic thing that I would just say but not act on. I’d still be unforgiving towards people. I let people take me way out of character, I acted a dang fool sometimes. Well, it’s time to get serious about Christ. I can’t live this life without Him, and I can’t keep acting like I never knew Him. This means: intentional prayer everyday, not just nightly prayers, but setting out time for Him and staying in the Word. This also means living intentionally for Him.


2. Be a Better Friend

In 2014, I complained a lot about not having the support group I needed. Yeah, I had friends to hang out with and joke around with but when it came down to real life issues, I was often left alone. Thankfully, God brought some new and amazing people into my life towards the middle of the semester and I’m so grateful! I really can’t complain anymore, but I can work on being a better friend. It’s not all about receiving friendship, it’s about being an amazing, ride or die friend too.


3. Be a More Consistent Blogger

I must admit, I’ve been blogging a lot more but that’s only because I’m on Christmas Break. However, I am making it a goal to commit myself to consistent blogging all the time, especially now that I’m traveling (less than 10 days now)! I’ll make mini goals for this soon. With consistent blogging comes better content so my creative juices have got to start overflowing!


4. Keep My Emotions in Check Better

I’m an emotional girl. When things happen, I flare up, lash out, cry, whatever. It’s time to grow up. Not that I’ll be a heart-less, stone cold robot now, no. I’ll still be soft, but I will take time to sit and think about a situation before acting on it, even if it means walking away for a little bit. Hopefully that’ll mean fewer bridges burnt.


5. Keep the Right People In and the Wrong People … Away

I do not want to be the type of person that gets hurt and shuts people out. I’ve lived my life like that for too long and it only causes bitterness and wrinkles (thankfully, I haven’t gotten to that). Yes, I am definitely going to be more intentional about keeping the right people in my life but I’m not going to close people off either. One goal of mine is to be more forgiving. I am going to shy away from cutting people off completely, but I will not be hesitant in loving people from far…far away.


6. Loving My Body the Right Way

I love my body. I’m normal sized (whatever that is) and 5’2. However, loving the way you look and actually caring about your body are two different things. This year, I’m getting more intentional about loving my body the right way. Sometimes your mama did things you didn’t like but you knew she loved you still. I still love my body regardless, but I want the best for it, which means watching what I eat. I’m going to have to be intentional about working out more. This won’t actually happen until I’m at least 5 months post-surgery which means I can’t work-out while abroad (bittersweet?) but I’ve already lost 13 pounds since I’ve been home for break just from eating right so there are other ways!


7. Open Up My Mind & Close my Mouth

I’m not going abroad with that “America is so much better/faster/stronger than ____” mentality and I’m not coming back with it. I am going to find the joy of each place and each person I encounter, even when I come back. Secondly, I’m gonna shut up. Haha, seriously. I love Twitter, I really do, but not every thought has to be tweeted or spoken to others. Sooner or later, one of my smaller goals will be to have a social media fast. You’d be surprised how constant social media can keep you closed minded!


8. Let Joy Abide More

I don’t know about you, but I think a lot of people in our generation and the younger generations are romanticizing depression. Some aren’t even depressed but they think it’s so beautiful. There is nothing beautiful about depression. I’ve been close and I would never want to go back. I’m being so much more intentional about letting joy into my life at every moment. If I wake up on the wrong side of the bed, I’ll roll over to the right one. If someone steps on my toes, I’ll pop an Advil. There’s so much more to life than constantly being sad, angry, bitter, petty, you name it. One of my goals is to let joy have a permanent home in my life, right next to Jesus. Like my Pastor once said:

“Joy does not bypass suffering, it transcends it.”


9. Find My Bubble

Living in a bubble isn’t good. You gotta go out there and explore the world. However, when it comes time to get down to business*, I need my bubble of personal space to focus and really work through my goals. I’ve always deceived myself that I can study with friends but that’s got to stop, because I cannot. I definitely am going to start focusing more and keeping distractions out.

*if you just said “to defeat the Huns” in your head, we’re bffs.



10. Remind Myself that I Am Enough, but I Can Be Greater

I have a big problem with comparing. That’s another story for another day. One of my most important goals is to keep reminding myself that I am enough. I do my best, not someone else’s best. But this year I will add that I can always be better, I can always improve.


Whew, this was long list of goals, but much needed. I’m going to be coming back to this often to keep myself on track with my goals. 2015 will be a great year, I can feel it. Can you? What are your goals for the new year?



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  • Good luck girl! You can do it all.

  • These are all such great goals! I love #5, mainly because I did a “friendship/acquaintance purge” of sorts after high school, and it’s definitely been for the better!

    I also love #10! I’m continually trying to be better, but am bad at reminding myself that my work-in-progress self is also still pretty awesome!

    That picture also cracks me up. Oh, Shang…

    • Haha, I LOVE Mulan. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to use that picture. I’m glad that we have some of the same goals in common!

  • Shelia Dowd

    Great job defining your goals! Just having a plan is half the battle!

    • Thanks, Sheila! Hopefully I can finish the other half 🙂

  • These are such inspiring goals, Dezzie! I know what you mean about being more intentional with Christ. I hope to do that more as well. And wow, I loved what you said about letting joy abide more. That’s so important!

  • These are wonderful goals, especially the last one. “You are enough, but you can be greater.” Sometimes it’s hard to strike the balance between pushing for greatness and self-love, but it seems like you’ve got it. 🙂 I can’t wait to see how wonderful this year is for you! Cheers to 2015!

  • #10 is the one. I struggle with this daily. I need to remember that I’m a working progress. :)xx

  • Michel’Lee Williams

    #1 & #9 has my name all over it!