If you’ve been following us for any amount of time, you may have noticed that Syd and I (Court) have been focusing on slowing down. Taking slow mornings, slower days, enjoying things as they come and soaking in the moments - whether they be hard or sweet.

As I’ve been reflecting on the past year, and largely the past 6 months all I see is FAST CHANGE and crazy growth. But it all happened too quickly. Too quickly for me to wrap my mind around, so quickly I’m still having to catch up.

So with this in mind, I’ve been thinking about the new year and I how I want to start off a new season at a slower pace.

This past year has taught me a lot about my own person, how I choose to operate, the healthy and non-healthy ways I work, my mindset and how it effects my mood, my tendencies, all of that. And what I’ve found is that there is room for growth. Room to learn grace and trust, room to find peace in my schedule, ways to slow down and be healthy.

Turns out not everything in life is about efficiency and productivity. Who knew? Not this girl.

At least not until now.

I don’t have it all figured out, but I’m getting there.

As of now I’m working on taking a little time each day to write in my Horacio Planner, and go through the Seasons of SOAP devotional book. This post is in no way sponsored or meant to be an ad for Horacio Printing, although I can say it would be a dream to work with them one day!


This planner is teaching me all about self evaluation, the importance of setting attainable goals, and giving me the tools to follow through. I’m so excited for what the new year holds and I seriously cannot wait to start filling the pages.

Having something tangible to sit down and use helps me to slow down and actually pause. Whether it be a Horacio planner, journal, or devotional or any other brand - I want to encourage you to grab a resource that is going to bring some stability and accountability to your life.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not one who has ever been big on new years resolutions. I’m also not about complacency or being stagnate in life. It’s not that I’m upset with where I find myself at the end of this year that is spurring on this dedication to slowing down and more concrete goals. It’s the amount of life I feel like I’ve taken on this year, the challenges and joys, the accomplishments and self discovery - it all has left me with a great sense and desire for more. Not out of greed or pride, but out of a desire to live a strong and full life, a life worthy of the calling I have received.

It all comes back to being like-minded with the Father. I want to live my life in a manner that is worthy of who the Lord calls me to be. I want to be organized so that I may be generous with my time and resources. I want to be healthy and balanced so that I can care for others. I want to be physically and mentally strong so I can run the extra mile, whatever it may be. I want to be full of confidence, knowing the Father calls me by name - so confident that I am willing to lay it all down to serve those around me.

Pausing each day, writing, planning, reading. These things are what help me get to that place of stability, strength, and mindfulness.

What are you doing to make this next year count?

How do you need to start caring for and shaping yourself?

I’m choosing to take a little more control than usual, and start the year off on a strong note - expectant and excited for the growth and change ahead.

xx court

Courtney HollandComment