It’s never how we planned…

My grandma used to tell me, ‘Just wait. Life keeps going faster.” It’s just hard to believe that when it already feels like it’s flying by. It’s become so true. With every new year, child, life change, etc. it just feels like this year was faster than last. Well, today I’m going to review what my 2017 goals were, how it became something entirely different, and what I’m looking forward to in 2018. Because truly some incredible things happened this year, a lot of things didn’t, and honestly I feel accomplished, grateful, and so much the same old same.


I shared a lot of my life with the world in 2017.

My 2017 Goals:

  • Do whatever God had planned for me
  • Post my best to social media and YouTube
  • Learn to create and produce high quality videos
  • Grow my companies
  • Write my book

So in February my husband bought me a new MacBook Pro and a bunch of equipment for sound, lighting and a new Sony A1000! I worked to transition my financial coaching business over to a great guy I was training and I was brainstorming ways to monetize The Encouraging Voice. For legal reasons I’ve been waiting to monetize and also it’s just easier for me to focus on one thing at a time. But ultimately I wanted to be self-supported and be able to invest in those around me, give and work in local capacities, and have the freedom to go and do whatever God had for me. I also started sitting down and writing rough chapters of a book idea I had for an autobiography.

Now as I write this I realize those were a lot of goals and a lot of big projects to juggle. All the while I wanted to give my husband and three beautiful, goofy, amazing kids all the love and devotion they deserve and need first and foremost.

How 2017 Went Instead

The financial coaching business didn’t get transferred to my new guy. He actually got the opportunity to take on a new position that was perfect for him. It fits better with his goals and dreams and I’m super stoked for him. My business got transferred to my mentor that trained me and she’s simply phenomenal. In the business for over 20 years and there isn’t a more qualified and passionate person to hand accounts over to.

The two missions trips I thought I was going to go on didn’t happen. BUT then we had the opportunity to spend 3 months helping a couple prepare to leave for a 2 year missions position overseas. Check them out. How incredibly awesome is that? IMG_9892

We had two startups that we put a lot of time and money into and in the end we came out with stronger friendships and businesses we realized just wasn’t the right timing. But they did lead to other things and God used this time for a purpose. I’m grateful we had the opportunity, that they trusted us to give it a go, and the fact that we tried.

My YouTube videos didn’t happen like I planned. I did a few but I just kept getting frustrated with the video quality. I realized this was going to take a lot more time than I was able or willing to give it at this point. BUT I did learn so much and I did find out what I like and what I don’t like. This is something I’m just giving a minute so that I can reset and then replug into. I want to see this succeed. I may just need a buddy to help me work and collaborate together.

The book got one draft out and then didn’t go anywhere after that. Honestly it read way better in my head then down in draft. I decided to wait and write more through the blog until I refined my writing and purpose of the book. It felt too much about my emotional journey and maybe I just needed to process some things on my own for now before picking this project back up. I do believe I will publish books in the future.

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And then came The Lighthouse Experiment. All I can say is wow. How God has orchestrated all of it has been just crazy to experience and I’m just so grateful for this team. These friends are amazing and it’s humbling to see what we’ve accomplished in these short few months. They’re on board, passionate, committed and loyal. We’re so grateful for their friendship and I’m so happy to do life with them. We’ve blogged, made connections, I’ve gone on multiple ride alongs, we launched a podcast and there’s so much more coming in 2018. I’m excited and humbled to see the lives that will be impacted by this project.


That’s a good lookin’ team right there!

Guys. 2017 wasn’t anything like I thought it was. I bet yours wasn’t anything like you thought it would be either. Or maybe it was but maybe that’s because you don’t dream outside your own little ‘normal’ or fearful box yet. Maybe you feel safe right where you’re at. I will tell you that after looking back on all of this it’s helped me to realize that a lot of really incredible things happened this year and most of it was God opening and closing doors. I just did the best I could to navigate it all day by day. Maybe you need to look back at your year and see what God has done.

I’m still trying to be the best mom and wife I can be. I believe that at the end of the day those that are closest to me are my best integrity test. All of the rest of this is nothing if I’m not being true to these incredible faces. They know me best, love me the most, and believe in me. Let me be true to what’s been placed in my care. I look forward to 2018 with great hopes and promises. I know God is my good, good father and will continue to guide me, love me and extend me mercy. I’m still the same emotional, all-about-relationships, girl and I still have an awful time getting my house cleaned and todo list accomplished. See the current state of my house. I’m putting off house work to write this while two little 3-year-olds run around the house. #nofilter lol

Be brave and be you. Let God lead you in the dreams and good promises he has for you.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”  ~Thomas Edison

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