The Circle: January 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Last time I took part in Kiki's link up, it was July and I let a bunch of FB quizzes introduce me. This time around, the theme for The Circle is to make a goal and inspiration moodboard for 2016. I had a lot of fun going through my pictures to come up with illustrations for some things I want to make sure that I do this year.

One Word: My word for 2016 is behold. Basically, this word is a constant reminder that I want my life to be centered around beholding God in all things and at all times.

Stay In God's Word: A big part in this business of beholding is consistent Bible reading. I'm currently taking one hour to read through Scripture first thing every morning. Along with this habit, comes the need for purposeful prayer and regular communion with other Christians. I'll be writing more about each of those topics over the next few weeks.

Travel: If the opportunity comes at all, I want to follow Alice's advice and "See everything and do everything they say to do. You can rest when you get home." 2015 held quite a few opportunities to travel including two trips to SC. This is half hope and half pep talk.

Let The Music Play: I've been embracing music more like I used to and I forgot how much I love it. I'm going to be sharing playlists every once in a while here too.

Write And Write Some More: I decided to write a book this year. It's going to be a novel and my goal is to use it to communicate the feelings of "home" that my Mom's parents and their house hold for me. I haven't played with fiction in years. It's going to be TOUGH, but tough is good.

Remember Julia: I went from knowing nothing other than her status as "a famous cook"  to being completely smitten with and inspired by Julia Child. In November 2014 I read her book "My Life in France" which fed my curiosity about France (created by F. Scott Fitzgerald) as well as my passion for cooking for anyone willing to let me put food on the table. In November 2015 I read "As Always, Julia" where I learned about her dedication to language studies, Paul's heart for gardening, and Avis's stick-to-itiveness when it came to getting Child's cookbook published. Basically: I want to spend an hour a day on French and remember to make the most of every circumstance. Have a bunch of free time? Use it wisely, who knows what might come of your efforts. You might be moving? Keep the garden up as if you'll be there for a hundred years. The business of accomplishing ____ is tough? Don't give up! 

Go For Walks: I love walking and I've been doing much less of it lately. I want to change that.

There you have it, seven goals and inspirations I'm carrying close as 2016 descends upon us!!! Things are off to a great start and I can't wait to tell you more about why that is.

Are you linking up with Kiki?

What are some goals and inspirations you have for 2016?


  1. I love your mood board and how you put your word of the year at the center. These are great goals, and I love what you said about listening to more music. I get so caught up in reading and listening to podcasts that I sometimes forget how much I love music. I need to spend more time listening, so bring on those playlists :) Thanks for sharing and linking up!

  2. These all sound like great ways to "behold"! I can't wait to see the playlist posts, and travel sounds like such a great way to behold God's beautiful earth! :)

  3. Walking, digging into the Word, traveling? Victoria, I want to experience and live 2016 with you! But seriously, I'm REALLLLLLY hoping we get to meet (but I think you knew that already?). :)

  4. Are you planning to share some of your novel as you write? Or maybe do that next year? I'd love to read it! :)

  5. Yours is the best word of the year I have come across. I can't wait to see what unfolds for you in 2016. Being present, grateful and in awe/thankfullness of all the good things God does is something all of us should do more often. Thanks for the reminder. It's fantastic.


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