Be the Best You in 2020!

Hey guys! Today I’m going to talk to you more about you than about art. With it the beginning of the new year, we all have new goals and aspirations.

For me, that meant a lot of new changes. 2019 was filled with lots of huge wins but also some struggles. I am going to get pretty real with you guys about my own personal struggles and what I am doing to change those things.

My hope is that it will inspire you to put yourself first this year. Be the Best You! 

I think sometimes as women we forget that not only is it OK to put ourselves first but it’s so important for those around us too. We have to fill up our cup in order to pour into others.

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Be the Best You Enjoy the Journey

To begin with, each year I pick a new word to become my intention for that year. Last year my word was joy. My goal was to bring joy to as many people as I could through painting! I asked God to let that be my focus of my business and I saw so many ripple effects from it. It was amazing to look back on!

This year my word is Trust.
Trust in God!

See, I have this tug-of-war relationship with him where I get stressed out and I take on all the stress instead of trusting him in the process. I would avoid time with him in the morning because I would convince myself that I needed to get to work as soon as possible. I struggled feeling close to him when I needed it most. Therefore my anxiety and depression would worsen. It’s something I’ve dealt with my entire life. Can anyone relate?

So I decided this year that was going to change. With choosing the word TRUST this year I am choosing to make him my top priority. The way it should be right? 
But it’s really easy to let life get in the way and convince ourselves otherwise. I now make it a priority to sit down and have my time with him and my devotional before I start my day. There’s nothing on our to do list that’s more important than that. Satan would love nothing more than to convince us otherwise.

I can tell you this though… 

God is only going to bless you more if you take the time to be with him and Trust in Him.

That is what he desires most. For us to love him and become close to him…To remember that he is with you throughout the entire day no matter what struggles that you face. I don’t think it was any coincidence that this morning this was my devotional.

Be the Best You in 2020! Devotional

I don’t think there is such a thing as just getting it right without working through the process. Our relationship with God is continual. I have to constantly remind myself of his promises and that he is with me each step of the way even when I can’t feel it. That’s why I love this devotional so much this morning!  I looked up Psalm 52:8 end it refers to us as an olive tree. I love trying to picture that in my head and thinking about how God sees us. 

Be the Best You in 2020 Olive Tree
Van Gogh – The Olive Trees

There are things in life that are out of our control. That is something really hard for me to except and that’s where trust comes in. Although 2019 was a great year in my business, in my personal life there were some struggles. My stress led me to gaining weight. We went through a tragic accident with my daughter who is thankfully OK but it totally reeked havoc on me for several months. Towards the end of the year I found out that my dad had Prostate cancer. I tried to bury it away and not deal with it. Again, back to the eating.

Right now we are in the midst of radiation treatment for him. My prayer is for complete healing and I am trusting God that the doctors guided us in the right direction. But it’s scary… I continually have to go back to his word. I have to TRUST Him.  So, this is His Word.

Be the Best You in 2020!

I cling to this first. I repeat it to myself when I start to get stressed.

So, we’ve talked about priority number one for me. Priority number two is losing weight.

Here’s the thing that I want to stress. This is not about me becoming skinny. This is about me getting healthy and being the way that I should be so I can enjoy the activities that I want to with my husband and my daughters.

Be the Best You

Corey and I are going on a trip to Breckenridge in April to go skiing for our 19th anniversary and I want to feel awesome when I’m there. I don’t want to be tired and struggling the entire time.  

I talked about this live on Facebook.

So, I put this out in the world…

My goal is to lose 15 pounds by April when we go on that vacation!

That means putting exercise at the top of my priority list and eating right. Two other things that are really easy to brush off when you are busy.  

I am going to be checking in weekly over on my Facebook page to bring you guys along on this journey. I know it won’t be easy and I know there will be obstacles along the way.

Christie’s Devotionals, Bible Journaling & Books Amazon List

One of them is happening right now for me even. As I’m writing this and all gung ho about changing my life, I’m sick! I’ve been able to barely do anything the last two days. So no, I haven’t worked out but I am keeping my food in check. I’m not going to let this obstacle get me down. Once I feel healthy again I’m jumping right back into the exercise.

I hope you all join me this year and make some changes for yourself. You are worth it and you deserve it!

There have been a few  key things that have really helped me over the last few months.

I love my devotional and my Bible. Both help to keep me inspired and on track.

I also cannot say enough about this Rachel Hollis book! So many things in this book! I highly highly recommend reading it or getting the audible version.

What are your goals for this year? What steps can you take to change your life to Be the Best You in 2020? What can you do for yourself? 

Love you all!