Action and Inspired New Growth for 2020

Taking Action in 2020 instead of goal setting to experience new growth inspired by faith.

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I normally begin every year by writing down goals, this year things look different…

I’m not centered on specifics.  Instead I’m focused on action that inspires new growth…


I know that if you go online right now and google, “how to set goals” you’ll come up with thousands of how to articles.  So many your head will spin because how do you choose?

Don’t worry I’m not sharing how to set goals for 2020.


I wanted to take a moment and share the importance of taking action to inspire new growth…

Taking action is a process… It may even include getting out of your comfort zone.


For me action is exciting, it’s like a DIY project because it involves moving forward.


Robert and I have been married for 27 years and counting; our life together has been amazing.  We raised two awesome kids, lived in many places and have witnessed the good and the bad.

I will also say our life has been loaded with many up’s and downs, so many we lost count…

It’s those up’s and downs that make us who we are and continue to inspire new growth.

I’m forever grateful for every obstacle and thankful for the dreams we ponder together.


Failure and success are the pillars of life that help us grow.  This is why I probably enjoy gardening so much because it’s filled with both.

At the end of each season, I can always see the growth even through the failures.


Gardening isn’t perfect, life isn’t perfect and we are definitely not a perfect people…


We can however strive to do better…


So, I’m keeping 2020 simple…

I’m taking steps toward action that inspire new growth.

This may include being braver, getting out of my comfort zone, sharing a new blog post here and there and taking more time to enjoy everything…


Through this action I have no doubt growth will follow and the dreams that have been placed before us will become a reality.


It’s the action of moving forward through this messy life that makes us a better people.


Cheers to you in 2020, may you treasure each day and make it a great year…


Smiles and Sunshine, Carole West

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  1. Christine says:

    I too am so looking forward to 2020!! This year we aren’t setting any goals or making resolutions. We’ve learned that life happens and there’s no need to add needless stress or pressure to do so. I love your idea to keep things simple. Happy New Year to you and Robert!! Hope your off to an amazing start!!

    1. Carole West says:

      Yes life happens and living in the moment takes us right into the future with open arms. I’m finding that simplicity is the key to a less stressful life.
      Happy New year to y’all too.

  2. Jemma says:

    Good Morning Carole,
    I so enjoyed this motivational and beautiful post! So good to see the beautiful sea. You and Robert are such “go do people,” I have always loved that brave quality in you. You have such strong Faith and exceptional talent. I am reminded of this quote from Novelist and poet Jack Kerouac: “I saw that my life was a vast glowing empty page and I could do anything that I wanted.” It is here where you shine! You seek, create and share with the young, old, and all of those in-between. 2020 is our year to reconstruct anything we choose and as always it will be our Creator who will light the way! Can’t way to see where the journey takes you, I’ll be here following you.
    Happy New Year, friend.

    1. Carole West says:

      That was beautiful Jemma – Love that word. reconstruct…
      I will be following you as well because I have this feeling God is working something pretty awesome around you.
      Happy New Year and always sending you hugs, Carole

  3. daisy says:

    I’m opting for simplicity this year as well. My mantra, which I took up last year is, “Go Forth. Do Good.”

    Enjoy the journey and where it takes you. Keep in mind that there is a plan. Continued blessings…

    1. Carole West says:

      Amen to simplicity – Love that – Go Forth, Do Good… Enjoyment that’s another good one and you know when I was sitting on that beach I thought… Let the wind just take me where I need to be… Happy New Year Daisy!

  4. phyllis mclaughlin says:

    Happy New Year to you and Robert. I look forward to reading your posts when they arrive. They always inspire me to try creating something new from the old. I also LOVE seeing your photos of your gardens, the tiny house property and of course your wonderful dog. Love to you.

    1. Carole West says:

      What a warm greeting and great way to start my day. Thank you and wish you all the best as we all travel through another New Year.

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