Happy New Year!

As the new year begins, I am viewing it as a fresh start…a time to reboot and refocus. Resolutions are what we normally hear discussed at the first of the year. What are you going to change? What habit are you going to break? What are you going to do differently?

This year I have still heard mention of resolutions and goals, but several of my friends have been discussing their WORD for 2019. I like this idea. I had to think about it for a bit, and I have to admit, I wanted my word to cover a broad area of life.

As the top image of this blog shows, my word is PRIORITIES. I want to set my priorities and focus on them. I picked the word. Now to decide what my priorities are… myfaith and relationship with God should be first. God doesn’t holler nearly as loudly (at least that I hear) as my children, so He often gets pushed aside. I am going to make being active in a Bible study and working on my prayer life priorities.

My role as wife & momma is next on my list. I do have a variety of part-time jobs, but this role is my full time job. I want to treat it that way. This makes taking care of the house (and monster-like pile of laundry) a goal….something that is important to me. I sure hope it does anyway because much of the time it seems like a hassle and not something I really want to do. I am hoping that changing my mindset about it will help with that outlook! As for being momma, I am with the kiddos most of the time when they aren’t in school, and I truly view this as a super big blessing. Being with them doesn’t mean that I am always present. Being present — meaning they are getting my full attention — is a priority for me. I am a big multi-tasker, and I have to admit I have trouble slowing down and sitting down. I hope to be able to still my busyness and focus on the kiddos when it is the time to be doing that.

These are the top priorities that I want to focus on for 2019. That doesn’t mean I don’t have other areas in my life that I want to give attention…running 6 half marathons, completing another half triathlon, growing my knowledge as a pharmacist, enjoying my Plunder Design business…it does mean that I don’t want these other areas to take over my focus.

Accountability is an wonderful thing. It’s also a pain in the rear if you don’t want to be caught veering off the path. By sharing these thoughts with friends and publishing them, I feel like I have the accountability factor covered. Here’s to focusing on priorities in 2019! Good luck discovering and focusing on your WORD!


  • Kristina G

    Love this! Priorities are so important and definitely something we should all sit down and ponder over from time to time. I usually pick a word for the year as well. I did a blog recently about a Happiness Jar and this is taken straight from it, “I like to think back across the year and reflect on what was good, what was not so good, and what could be better. I really don’t make a New Year’s Resolution anymore, but I do think about what I’d like to strive to do better in the coming year. I usually try to come up with one word that describes my “goal” for the year. This coming year, as I mentioned in my Christmas post, I want to stick with things, follow through, finish what I start, and do what I’m called to do.” Your article is great, thanks for sharing!

    • reneeplunder

      Thank you so much! I like that you don’t make a New Year’s Resolution but strive to do better in the new year. That makes is seem more doable!

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