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January 3, 2017

Don’t Put Your Wishbone Where Your Backbone Ought To Be


I’ve always been a dreamer. Every year my dreams get bigger and I always believe they will come true. I love that about myself. I don’t doubt that things are going to work out how I want them too. The only problem is, in recent years I’ve spent a lot less time executing those dreams. It’s like Katherine Paterson says, a dream without a plan is just a wish. I’m committed to wishing less and doing more in 2017.

One way I’m switching things up from my usual SMART goals system is by having a word of the year focus. While I do still have some specific goals, they are guided by this one word.

My 2017 word of the year is “Abundance.”

2015 and 2016 were very tight years for our family. While I enjoy being frugal and purchasing with a minimalistic lifestyle in mind, it wasn’t a choice we made as a family. It was a necessity for survival. We aren’t gluttons, we don’t spend endless amounts of money, but in our “natural state” we weren’t penny pinchers either and it felt unnatural to be so restrictive those two years. A splurge for me was a $7 lipstick! But it was needed, and we rose to the occasion.


In 2017, we’ve been given (or earned, more accurately) more opportunity and can now loosen our belt a smidge. Nothing crazy, but we feel pretty excited to be able to replace our washer/dryer… I know, I know, we’re wild.

So Abundance for our family won’t be the same necessarily for yours. But we’re looking forward to not being anxious over every penny spent.

And Abundance isn’t just about money. We are focusing our year to have an over Abundance of creativity, drive, love, family time, and organization. I’m excited. I haven’t been this excited about a year in a long time.

While New Year’s Resolutions can get a bit of a bad rap, I want to make a note here on how important it is to change your life whenever you seem fit. For me, that started right before Thanksgiving when I started looking for a new job. AB&A Advertising took me in when I really needed it, and I’ll always remember my time with them fondly. But long term, I knew it wasn’t where I needed to be.

What are your goals for 2017?

Surprise! I just started as the Marketing Coordinator for AutoNation’s headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. My first day was last week, just shy of the New Year. It has already been a wonderful change of pace.

I’ll probably be sharing a lot more about my goals as the months go on, but for now, I’m just excited to be taking small action steps each day.

Have a happy new year, Kind Friends.

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  • George

    Good luck with the new job. I’ve been self employed for a few years now and it’s been a bit of a roller coaster. 2017 is shaping up to be a good year thankfully.

    February 20, 2017 at 1:03 pm Reply
  • Beautiful Book Nerd

    I love this. I see people taking trips to Miami and staying in five star hotels at big casinos all the time. I’m just over here wishing we could replace our washing machine and cloth diapering to save a buck. I do splurge on things, but it’s never really towards my “real” goals. But hope drives us to keep wishing for bigger and better. Hope is all we can ask for sometimes.

    May 9, 2017 at 12:26 pm Reply
    • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

      I completely agree, hope is the strongest thing any person can have. That, and love of course. The funny thing is we still haven’t gotten that new washer/dryer!

      May 28, 2017 at 10:26 pm Reply

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