fresh starts, focus & intentional living

i woke this morning and once again started what i’ve started every year for the past…well, i don’t even know how many times i’ve started, only to fail miserably come april.

i began to think about this brand new, fresh start, open the new calender, year ahead of us.  i’ll be honest. 2012 was a good year for the knudsens. while there were injuries and disagreements. surgeries and hurt feelings. missed performances and multiple unexpected financial expenses. there were 4.0’s in the honors program. there was enough money for vacation. there was beginning of a new job adventure. friendships formed. relationships strengthened. clear biopsies. mission trips and seeing the hand of the Lord in our lives over and over.

i have this weird dysfunctional mind that looks back on 2012 and many of the details of 2012 and wonder will 2013 be as good? be full of blessing? will we have more trials than blessings? more expenses that cash flow?

i don’t know. but i do know one thing. my prayer is this, that the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to Him. no matter what comes my way.

my goals are simple for 2013.

while i know goals are supposed to be quantifiable. “do less’ and ‘be more’ are not measurable words. but in my mind they’re gonna work for me.

sure there are more things i want to do. more things i hope to accomplish, at the end of the day, these are things that i hope to accomplish~

eat less.

drink more water.

love others well.

encourage my girls.

honor dan.

spend time with Him every. single. day.


intentional. focused. more of “them” less of “me”. identify the love languages of those i love and love them out of those. say something to build up my little women every day. honor dan in how i manage our home and manage my heart. spend quality time in His word reading His words. praying and connecting with His heart. learning His will. intentional. focused. more of “them” less of me”

happy new year my friends!



January 1, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Amy Avery - Happy New Year Miss Paige! I bet you think I am stalking you since I just commented on your FB post. I promise I am not :-). Your goals for the coming year are things I think that are very attainable yet profound and difficult too. I love that you said that you prayed over your goals. That is something I want to do more of is to pray over and listen with inteniality of what our Father wants of me not what I want of me. Thank you for sharing your goals. They are inspirational. Here’s to many more 4.0’s, family trips to the beach and many many blessings for the Knudson family in 2013!

January 1, 2013 - 12:18 pm

kimberly - Beautiful friend- you inspire me in so many ways. I love the simple yet extraordinary love that pours from you and onto those around you. Wishing you a year filled with laughter, health and the love of that wonderful family of yours~

January 1, 2013 - 2:58 pm

Diane - Happy New Year my sweet friend to you and your family!
Wishing you a fabulous year and keeping doing what you do so well, loving on everyone and inspiring all of us.
The best is yet to come!
Much love to you all!

January 1, 2013 - 5:18 pm

Christy - Happy New Year Page!! So still working on my 2013 goals & plans, yours is inspiring

January 1, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Caroline - Dear Paige, a very warm wish from across the globe to you & your beautiful family. I love your goals for 2013, we all have more than we could ever need or wish for so for me in 2013 I hope to be more mindful of that.

January 1, 2013 - 8:28 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - These sound a lot like my goals too. I can’t wait to see what this year brings because for me… if I’m really honest, I didn’t really enjoy the last two years. Adrain and I prayed more of a thanks that the year was finally OVER and new beginnings might be on the horizon. I know that’s bad… and I have a jar now where we will be writing GOOD things that happen throughout the year because they ARE out there. I know it.

January 1, 2013 - 10:10 pm

LLH Designs - Love your approach this year. I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. Just trying to be more open and surrendered to daily change so that I might be made more like the Savior. It’s a life-long process, but one that ends with a promise of being completed by the time we meet Him! Not measurable and quantifiable on this side of heaven, but eternally rewarding! xoxo!

January 1, 2013 - 10:55 pm

Stacie - Happy New Year! Loved this post – very inspiring and timely as I sit down to reflect back on 2012 and write down my goals for 2013. On a totally different note . . . I think, as a mom to a 16 year old girl, it would be awesome if your girls had a tab on your site to voice their insight on teenage life, fashion, church, etc. Just a thought!!

January 2, 2013 - 12:29 am

dawn - Happy New year Paige…my goals this year are similar..simple but heartfelt…xo

January 2, 2013 - 10:28 pm

Julie@jam-n-jilly - Happy new year, Paige! What an awesome post! I want the same things! I wished we lived closer! I could sure use the support;)

January 7, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Jeannine - Oh my goodness, I had to laugh, because when you wrote “do less and be more,” I sort of hid my eyes, because my word of the year is “Do.” But God is so good to open each of our sets of eyes to what he has in store for each one of us as an individual soul. I need to get over my paralyzing indecisiveness and perfectionism, and so I’m just gonna “do.” But I think it will lead us to the same place! I nodded to every statement on your list. In fact, I’ve got 5 Love Languages and 5 Love Languages of Children on my to-read pile! Okay, must stop blog reading and go DO! ♥

January 10, 2013 - 7:50 am

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