Monthly Recap: January 2018

January recap

Just like that, the first month of 2018 has come and gone. Seriously, how is it already February 1st? Does anyone else feel like the older you get, the more days start blending together? Then one day, you wake up realize five years have flown by and they’re kind of a blur.

Dom and I want to be more intentional with the days we’re given– saying yes, traveling to new places, being spontaneous, and planning for the future. From here on out, I’ll be doing a monthly recap to share my experiences from the month, things I’ve learned and memories I want to remember.

After the holidays, we took some time to get back into the swing of things. A new morning routine is helping me to be extra productive throughout the day. I’m giving more time to my priorities and managing time better. We planned out a few trips for the year and have a couple more we want to fit in. January was a slow month of preparation and change.

JANUARY 2018

1. I launched Girl Refined after six months of groundwork. It felt so good to finally share it with you and the response was better than I hoped for. I pray you find encouragement here. If you ever have topics you’d like to talk about, I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments!

2. During the winter, especially after the holidays, I work extra hard to beat the winter blues. In January, our weekends were filled with ice-skating, snow-shoeing, and exploring towns nearby. Sometimes I can get caught up in, “the grass is greener over there” mentality. Finding the beauty around me is a gentle reminder to be thankful for the blessings I’ve already been given.

3. Having quiet time with God has really kept me encouraged this month. Life can be chaotic and confusing, but going to the Word instead of dwelling on fear is the best remedy. My sweet friend Lanissa of Becoming Ministries created a playlist that leads you through your Bible study time and it’s been a huge blessing. The music keeps my focus on Christ instead of my worries.

4. Dom and I have been reading Dave Ramsey’s books this month. We’ve always been interested in learning as much as we can about investing and money management. The biggest takeaway from his writing is, “Live like no else today, so you can live—and give— like no else tomorrow.” All of our earthly treasures will fade away. Freedom from worrying about money happens when you prioritize God’s kingdom above your own. It’s a heart issue, not a dollar amount. If you’d like posts about this topic, I’d be happy to share in more detail.

5. A year ago this month, we found out my dad had stage 4 Lymphoma. It was a really scary time, but it also taught me to trust God more than ever before. He beat it in six months, praise God! But, a recent blood test revealed signs of prostate cancer. I’m thanking God in anticipation for healing my dad. We’re continuing to walk in faith over fear, starting every morning with, “God, I trust you.”


“A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. When you wake up, take a second to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive and healthy. The moment you start acting like life is a blessing, I assure you it will start to feel like a blessing.”

January was not the most exciting month, but there was so much growth in it. Life is not measured by how interesting it looks on social media– but how you lived to glorify God and loved others. If your days are filled with ordinary moments, cherish them. Embrace growth from tough situations. Learn from your mistakes. Pray about everything. Look for ways you can be a blessing to others. Slow months are a perfect time to refocus your priorities and start the next month with a fresh perspective. Happy February!

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5 thoughts on “Monthly Recap: January 2018”

  • I am looking forward to the monthly recaps. Loving your website! I’m interested in hearing more about your thoughts on Dave Ramsey. My husband and I follow the Baby Steps and have had great success with the program.

  • Love the monthy recap , sometimes its so easy to forget what you have done/ achieved during a month.
    Praying that all goes well for your Dad , its always a worry but when you put all your fears and worries in Gods hands you don’t feel on your own.
    Looking forward to hear about your travel plans for the year, its always exciting to go to new places.

  • Thanks for a post 🙂 . Prayers to your dad. Wish you all not to give up and find joy. Also, I would like to read your financial advise and what you’ve learned form the Dave Ramsey’s book. This is very interesting to me. Also, soon I am finishing my college studies (hopefully). So I would like to read your advise to college graduates. 🙂

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