Goals: Hello May + 2015 Update / by Rachel Nordgren

Goals with Grace | Hello May
Goals with Grace | Hello May

April a hot mess, and that's all I'm going to say about that. Time for some refreshed May goals! Tally ho!


1. Just make progress on 1 Peter 2. Intentionally spend time with Hans' family (I haven't been so good about this in 2015) 3. Run 2 miles at Dornwood Park (local hiking trails) without dying 4. Read Total Money Makeover 5. Lead a simplicity webinar (I'd love it if you signed up for the free trial run!) 6. Lead a grace and Gospel filled Community Group 7. Curate #allthethings on my blog 8. Send out my monthly email newsletter(you can sign up below!)

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1. Spend time with Jesus 2. Bless Hans 3. Tend to my health 4. Comment on 1 other blog 5. Record my wins

#5 is a new one for me, but something I think any of you overachievers reading this will resonate with. I measure my day against the to-do list that I made the night before, and it discourages me when all stuff doesn't get checked off. But sheesh...life happens! The day isn't a total failure if I don't get some social media scheduled but I did spend time talking with our neighbors. I need to keep track of the wins to keep myself from getting stuck in discouragement.


When setting my 2015 Goals, I mistakenly gave myself more than I could handle. Turns out that setting 10 big goals was too much for me, so I used the #GoalRefresh section of my Lara Casey PowerSheets to simplify and scale down to 5 big 2015 goals instead.

1. I will memorize all 105 verses of 1 Peter, because I want to be deeply rooted in God's Word.

"The Word of the LORD remains forever." // 1 Peter 1:25

2. I will love, respect, and submit to Hans and grow in romance and friendship with him, because I want to honor God by honoring Hans and have our marriage to leave a legacy of the Gospel.

"Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct." // 1 Peter 3:1-2

3. I will lose BUST OFF at least 40 pounds of fat, because I want to feel confident in the strong + capable + beautiful body that God has given me, and live a long + healthy life with Hans.

"Live as a people who are free." // I Peter 2:16

4. I will work with Hans to pursue financial responsibility, because our money belongs to God, and we need to be good stewards of it.

"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another." // I Peter 4:10

5. I will make my online life - through rachelnordgren.com and the Influence Network - mean something, because these are the passions + platforms that God has me in, and I want to use them to glorify Him + bless others.

"Show hospitality to one another." // I Peter 4:9

"You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a people for His own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy." // I Peter 2:9-10

I can feel this temptation sometimes to just "check out" on a year when it's not going the way I originally planned, and I don't want to do that in 2015. I want to press through the seasons that are hard and continue to tend to the things God has given me. Because, friend, don't you know? He's given us things for a reason, and it's not so we can sit around and bemoan how ill-equipped we are for them. We are ill-equipped. That's why we follow Him.