one word.

I have been deciding whether or not to post this post. 

I picked a "word" for this year instead of a resolution. 
And then I realized a friend of mine picked the same word. I started second guessing why I picked this word. Did she tell me at one point she picked this? I don't want to "steal" her word. So I prayed on it, asked my Husband for his sage advice, and decided to keep it. This could be good for both of us, we can help each other. My word for 2013 is:

This year I need to be intentional. Intentional in all of my relationships, in all of my business goals, and with myself. 


Jesus. I need to plan structured time to spend in the word, uninterrupted. I need to start going to a local church. I need to join a bible study group to help and not be afraid to ask questions regarding my faith. 

Husband. I need to make my Husband a priority in my life only second to the Lord. Very limited screen time, date nights, and communication are things I need to work on. 

Family. After my brothers accident it became absolutely clear to me that I take my family for granted. I see them when I see them, I text them instead of calling them, and I don't think about how one day they will be gone. I need to visit my baby sisters more often and plan fun little date nights and sleep overs with them. I need to make time (and save money) to visit my family in California. I need to start building a stronger relationship with my step family (because family is family). I need to strengthen my relationship with my Dad. I need to stop acting the only child and start acting like the older child. I need to be more of a role model for my little sisters. 

Friendships. Boy am I shady here. I need to be the friend I want to have. I need to lend a hand no matter what. I need to return phone calls, send cards, encourage, and just BE there. I need to make mroe coffee dates, make more movie nights happen, set up craft dates and time to just chat. 

Business Goals:

Blog. I have huge ideas for this little blog for 2013. I need to remember why I started this in the first place. I need to start networking more, advertising, and putting myself out there. I need to schedule posts and schedule time to write said posts. I need to decide whether or not to hire a design team for my upcoming ideas. I need to bring my blog back to Jesus and let him guide me. I need to help other blogs. I need to share more guest posts and small shops. I need to make it a point to get to know the authors as a person.

Shop. AleksHandmade is making a come back this year. We have HUGE ideas and plans for the shop. We are raising money for a charity and are so excited to share it with you soon! I need to be diligent in advertising. I always have a hard time asking for help. I need to let the Lord lead me and lead my shop.


I need to learn to be more organized. I need to make it a point to eat healthier, cook healthier for my husband, and workout more. I need to say No and mean it. I need to make time mentally for myself.    I need to appreciate this life God has blessed me with and share it. I need to help others by volunteering and donating. 

What are your goals for 2013?
What is your 2013 word? 


  1. Girlfriend! Look at you setting super duper goals for yourself! I love everything you said, and could probably take a nice helping of it all for sure! I love the part about your family and baby sisters. Call instead of text.

    I wanna tack on something for you. Grace. With a list this ambitious, chances are it will take some getting used to. I think we are a lot alike and we want to be our best. All of these goals are achievable with Christ, and through Christ alone! I just want to encourage you to not expect perfection from yourself over night!

    I love you, and I hope that (since we are so much alike) you get what I'm trying to say here!

    Love you!
    Happy New Year!
    You can advertise on my blog anytime! Let me know how I can help!

  2. Praying for you while you prayerfully work towards these goals :-)



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