2022 Mindset + Why I’m Not Setting Goals

It’s 5:46am and I’m currently snuggled up on the coach with the fire going and listening to our percolator brew my coffee. Have you ever tried coffee from a percolator? It’s the best. The coffee gets super hot and it’s so smooth tasting. Plus it kinda has an old-fashioned charm to it. We love it. Anyway as I’m sitting here, I keep thinking about what I want for 2022. I usually obsess over goals and resolutions in January, but this year just feels different. I’m focused more on perspective. On attitude. On ways of thinking.

I was reading my Bible the other day and I came across this verse:

“Show me the path where I should walk, O Lord;
point out the right road for me to follow.
Lead me by your truth and teach me,
for you are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in you.”
Psalm 25:4-5

THIS is my 2022 focus. THIS is my mindset for the year ahead. No big, fancy goals for me this year. Instead I simply want to walk in the path God has for me, whatever that is. I want to be the woman God wants me to be. I want to put my hope and trust in the One and Only. I want to wake up every day with the assurance and confidence that God has me doing exactly what I’m supposed to be doing with my life. I want to live with courage and joy.

Over the last couple years my faith has become my passion. Thanks to a crippling bout of anxiety in 2019 and 2020, I drew closer to God than ever before. I was desperate for God to help me during that season, which changed me in a lot of ways. I never want to re-live those experiences (I wouldn’t wish anxiety on anyone), but I am very grateful for what I went through because without that, I’m not sure I’d be so in love with God like I am today.

For me, 2021 was a year of transformation. I found myself truly living again–trying new things, facing my fears, putting myself in uncomfortable situations, traveling, and trusting God every step of the way. The year had a certain kind of Holy-Spirit-magic to it, for lack of a better word. And I’m desperate to hold onto that magic in 2022. I want to keep my mindset in that sweet spot!

I hope you feel inspired and motivated to take on this new year and make it something magical. Cheers to 2022 my friends!

Sarah here! Nice to meet you. I’m a mama to three, wife to my high school sweetheart and accidental blogger. We recently moved to our little homestead on ten acres and we're loving the small town life in Colorado. I hope this space can inspire you to create a home you love and enjoy the simple moments the most.

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  1. 1.5.22
    Vicki said:

    I love this, Sarah! I saw this on your IG the other day and opened my Bible and prayed through those verses while I was folding laundry. I just wanted to share that those verses have given me focus as I feel I didn’t have any traction going into 2022. I hope that you will continue to share how God directs you with those verses throughout the year. You never know how God uses your own journey to help others on theirs.
    Here’s to being willing, humble women who want to be shown, taught, and guided along His path!!

    • 1.5.22
      Heather J. said:

      This is so good and refreshing to hear. Goals are good but when they aren’t met, it can make you feel like a failure. I love that you have such a wonderful relationship with God. He is my everything too! I’m so thankful for women like you, who aren’t afraid to share your faith! 🤍🙏 Thank you! ❤️

      • 1.8.22
        Sarah said:

        Ah thank you Heather, I’m thankful to have you here! Praying blessings on you for 2022. xo

    • 1.8.22
      Sarah said:

      Ah Vicki, that brings tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing that with me–it means more than you know. I’m so glad that verse impacted you too.

  2. 1.5.22
    Elaine said:

    I totally agree with you on this!! I thought I needed to set so many goals. I know I don’t need to do that. I’m growing closer to God. I’ve dealt with so much anxiety in 2021. I’m so happy to follow you.

    • 1.5.22
      Lisa said:

      I love these verses and this mindset. I believe if I am waking with the Lord and seeking His will, that is the best place for me to be. He doesn’t promise a life without trials and tribulations, in fact, He tells us that we will have them- BUT, He is there to walk right beside us and sometimes will even care us. Thank you for sharing your heart. May 3022 be a year of growth in the Lord and a time to draw even closer to Him.

      Blessings!

      • 1.8.22
        Sarah said:

        That’s such a good reminder Lisa–God doesn’t promise a life without trials and tribulations. But He does promise to be there with us through it all. Grateful for that!

    • 1.8.22
      Sarah said:

      Elaine, I’m so sorry you dealt with anxiety in 2021. I know so many of us did, and it’s not fun. But I’m praying you draw closer to God in 2022 and feel His peace in your heart & mind!

  3. 1.5.22
    Juraye Moran said:

    I also agree with you Sarah. Sometimes we have to just take a back step and listen to what God/universe is telling us. Setting goals can often bring on anxiety. The path we walk is what we should focus on. You have had a lot of changes in your life over the past few years as I see on Instagram. Take time to enjoy your achievements, your family and your Health. That is what God wants you to do

    • 1.8.22
      Sarah said:

      That’s so true–sometimes we need to take a step back and listen to where God is leading us. I’m really trying to do that right now and praying God gives me some clarity and direction for the year ahead.

      Grateful to have you here! Thank you for the kind words. Cheers to 2022! xo

  4. 1.5.22
    Pam said:

    I’ll be honest I rarely read blogs, but for some reason I was drawn to read yours today. On new years day I read something very similar about asking God to help me to follow the right path ( I’m 58 ) and I’m still looking for the right path…I haven’t lived a bad life, just need something more, different?? I guess this happens in different seasons of life? But anywho, thanks for being real and very inspiring on this platform…happy 2022 to you and your family 🙏❤☕

    • 1.8.22
      Sarah said:

      I know exactly what you’re saying Pam–sometimes we can feel God pulling us towards another direction in life but not sure what that is. I feel like I’m in that same season right now too. Hoping 2022 brings some clarity and new adventures for both of us!

  5. 1.5.22
    Elizabeth said:

    I want to say this is the best post I have read ! I am so happy for you ,from the words you wrote it helps center me more in this amazing direction you are heading I have written down the passage and putting on my monitor at work. Happy New Year !

    • 1.8.22
      Sarah said:

      Ah thank you Elizabeth, I appreciate that. So glad you saved that verse–it’s such a good one!

  6. 1.5.22
    Joan said:

    Sarah, you are such an inspiration in ways you will never know. Finding a woman of God here in this space is rare and your growth and walk with God is exciting. He will full-fill your every need and make you whole if we stay close to Him each and every day. He straightens our paths and puts light along the way. I pray your heart and mind are filled with His joy and presence. You have a beautiful soul and thank you for sharing this life with us.

    • 1.8.22
      Sarah said:

      Thank you Joan, I’m so grateful for your sweet words. Sometimes I struggle to really know what my purpose is in this space and on social media. But I know God has me here for a reason and I try to trust in that. Thank you for being here and for your kind encouragement.

  7. 1.5.22
    Emily304 said:

    I was trying to come up with my word this year. Then everything I read or saw or heard had the word “light” in it. I knew that was for me. I want to stand in God’s light, live in His light, reflect God’s light, occupy my mind with “light” things….Philippians 4:8. I’m weening myself off Twitter bc all the news and comments only make me angry. I’ve been off fb for years and I feel so much better being off that. Here’s to 2022! Find your path and I’ll find my light.

    • 1.8.22
      Sarah said:

      Love that word. God’s light is what I need everyday, so I’ll definitely be focusing on that too. Thank you for sharing and I applaud you for cutting back on social media!

  8. 1.5.22
    Sandi White said:

    Beautiful! I’m doing the same. Where God Leads I will go with guidance from the Holy Spirit. It’s the only way for me!❤️

    • 1.8.22
      Sarah said:

      Amen to that, Sandi!

  9. 1.5.22
    Amy said:

    This post is a blessing. That is my focus as well. Solely putting my trust in Him. He is a good father.

    • 1.8.22
      Sarah said:

      Yes! Right there with you Amy.

  10. 1.5.22
    Edie Positivelyedie said:

    Your words are the words God desires from us..his children. I believe anxiety comes to us for many reasons but when we put so much on ourselves and believe we have more control than we do, it taps us in the shoulder! God is at the wheel, and we are simply his passengers so we need to all be the best that we can be for God and for others on this planet…including animals!!!

    • 1.8.22
      Sarah said:

      That’s so very true, Edie. God is at the wheel and we are simply His passengers.

  11. 1.5.22
    Sandee said:

    I always find a word for the year. This time I’ve been struggling with it. Decided not to stress about it just let life flow.
    I screen shot the passage you just shared. Thank you I needed this. 💛

    • 1.8.22
      Sarah said:

      Love that Sandee, just let life flow and it will come to you!

  12. 1.5.22
    Edie Positivelyedie said:

    Your words are the words God desires from us..his children. I believe anxiety comes to us for many reasons but when we put so much on ourselves and believe we have more control than we do, it taps us on the shoulder! God is at the wheel, and we are simply his passengers so we need to all be the best that we can be for God and for others on this planet…including animals!!!

  13. 1.5.22
    Keri said:

    Oh gosh, how I love to read your blog. This verse is also mine for the year after I heard it at church on Sunday.
    No goals this year. Just a better understanding of who I am and what God has in store for me. I want to walk into the year with a clear mind and a heart ready to serve him!
    Thank you for always sharing your heart!

    • 1.8.22
      Sarah said:

      Ah love that Keri. I love that–walking into this year with a clear mind and hear ready to serve Him, whatever that looks like.

  14. 1.5.22
    Lisa M. Gomes (I love Murph) I have a Yellow Lab Mags and a Golden Ruby-if that rings a bell🤗 said:

    Amen to you Sister. I am so compulsive, Driven to the point of CRAZINESS. This year we’ll, actually the later part of last, I made a commitment to myself (I had to) “Do it and Face it ALL Afraid”. The only way was with a bigger and greater walk in my faith. It’s been AMAZING🙏🏻❤️❤️

    • 1.8.22
      Sarah said:

      LOOOOVE that so much. Do it and face it all afraid–such wise words. Fear exists for all of us, in one way or another. But it’s courage from God that helps us get through those times.

  15. 1.5.22

    I’m glad you are reading the Bible. It’s been my whole life and keeps me grounded. This is where I get my greatest peace and calm. Knowing our future is a real and amazing one!

    https://www.jw.org/finder?wtlocale=E&docid=502012121&srcid=share

    • 1.8.22
      Sarah said:

      I agree Heather, I get so much peace and calm from reading my Bible too. When my anxiety was so bad I would sleep with my Bible right next to me just because being near it brought me peace.

  16. 1.5.22
    Candy said:

    Hi Sarah
    God bless you!

    • 1.8.22
      Sarah said:

      God bless YOU, Candy. Praying many blessings over you for 2022. xoxo

  17. 1.5.22
    Rebecca W. said:

    Just came upon your blog and your beautiful home decorating drew me in to explore more.
    I love this post and am so encouraged to hear how God is helping you in your struggles.
    I have had similar struggles throughout my life, it is not easy.
    Pursuing Him who is our strength, shield, song, Creator, Redeemer and Friend is the best and highest goal we could have in this life (and the next!)
    A passage that I think about often is 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (ESV)
    But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
    God bless and Happy New Year!!

    • 1.8.22
      Sarah said:

      Oh how I love that verse. I think of that often–in my weakness He is strong. So much comfort in that!

  18. 1.5.22
    Amy said:

    Really enjoyed this post. I appreciate you sharing this very personal part of your life. 2021 found me starting my day with time in the Bible. It quickly has become part of my daily living. You are a blessing.

    • 1.8.22
      Sarah said:

      That’s so great Amy. That simple habit can really have a huge impact on our lives!

  19. 1.11.22
    Carol said:

    I love that Psalm, it’s one of my favorites also. What a wonderful mindset and a goal I also strive for. Thank you so much in sharing your faith and love for God. You are an inspiration and I look forward in sharing 2022 with you on whatever path God leads you.
    With love, Sister in Christ!

    • 1.11.22
      Sarah said:

      You’re so sweet, thank you for being here Carol!

  20. 1.11.22
    Darcie said:

    I spent my youth and younger mom years attending a church but not really getting much spirituality out of it. I went through the motions, but they weren’t reaching my heart. I stopped going to church about 9 years ago. And until about a year ago, I didn’t really feel anything was missing from my life but after following you for the last year and a half, I’ve come to realize that while I don’t believe I need a church or a specific religion, I do need God and my own form of faith to feel whole. Thanks for sharing your faith and the Bible verses. They make me stop and think and consider … and that’s a good thing. Happy 2022! (Sorry for the long post)

    • 1.11.22
      Sarah said:

      Wow Darcie, thank you SO much for sharing that with me. That makes me so happy to hear you’ve re-connected with God! And I do agree with you–building that relationship isn’t necessarily about going to church or checking off the boxes. It’s about realizing you *need* God and need that foundation in your life. That was the turning point for me too.

      Sending lots of love your way. xoxo