Stepping into 2016

Stepping into 2016

I don’t know about you, but for me 2015 was one of the most difficult years I’ve had. There are issues I’m still working through which I can’t comment on, but in December my future was looking too dark for my comfort. I’m thankful that a few things happened in December to turn things around.

*I was able to get some extra sleep

*Some understanding friends helped me have fun and relax

*I spent a few days reading my Bible, reading some books, praying, and thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2016 

*I worked through some exercises in the workbook which accompanies The Art of Work by Jeff Goins

*Shelley Hitz of Author Audience Academy offered members Plan it Day: The World is Waiting, a helpful series of videos and worksheets

As a result, I was able to step into 2016 with a renewed perspective. 

My key word for 2016 is HOPE!

2016 Hope

Some of my goals this year:

*Memorize & meditate on verses from Ephesians (I have a group of friends who have agreed to cheer me on and hold me accountable in this area.)

*Be more mindful of what I’m eating and why (I’ve been reading Women, Food, and Desire by Alexandra Jamieson. Although I don’t agree with her worldview, I’m finding a lot of helpful information to help me conquer my bad eating habits.)

*Exercise at least 2x/week (I have a treadmill to use.)

*De clutter our house (I’m trying out DeClutter 365: Daily 15 Minute Missions )

*Write, record, publish, and market a book with imbedded MP3s on Hope (This project has been on my mind for months. Stay tuned for more details.)

As you step into 2016, what are your goals or aspirations? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.


  1. Tracy Krauss on January 5, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    I think HOPE sounds like wonderful word for 2016. The ‘word that has been impressed on my heart for 2016 is ‘holiness’. I think the two go well together!

    • Ruth L Snyder on January 5, 2016 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks, Tracy. I agree that holiness and hope go well together 🙂

  2. Pat Riddell on January 5, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Hi Ruth! Thanks for sharing! Appreciate the link re: Declutter 365. Although I try to not have things clutter up in the house, I appreciate this website for its many and great ideas. Blessings to you and yours. Have a great week 🙂

    • Ruth L Snyder on January 8, 2016 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks, Pat,

      I’m glad you found the link helpful 🙂

  3. Janis Cox on January 9, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Hi Ruth,
    For someone who is so highly organized in her business life – clutter must drive you nuts. It even drives me nuts and I am a creative. I have to get rid of stuff! or I can’t function.
    Great word. Would you consider linking to Word of God Speak – linkup.

    • Ruth L Snyder on January 10, 2016 at 8:01 am

      Clutter used to really bother me before I married my “collector” husband and had 5 children. They have changed me. I have learned to organize the things that really matter to me and let go of the rest.
      Thanks for stopping by and for the invitation to link in 🙂

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