Monday, January 6, 2014

A New Year

I know I'm a few days late on this, but I needed to really think about what a new year means to me. It's really easy to think and dream and talk about all the new things I'm going to try in a new year, but when I actually sit down and write it out, it sure is a lot to process.

Last year wasn't my best year. That's not to say it was my worst - in fact, I can't really say I've had too hard of a year ever, really. I mean, I live a much more comfortable and easy life than so many others around the world, so who am I to complain? But it was just another year and it came and it went and now I'm left scratching my head wondering where all the time went and what I have to show for it.

I'm feeling very open and honest and vulnerable in 2014 thus far, so here goes - here are my big ideas for the new year. There are three areas I've picked to work on this new year: my spirituality, my creativity, and my overall health and well-being.

Spiritually, 2013 was an ok year for me. I grew a lot, but sort of hit a wall towards the end of the year. I had applied for a mission trip to a Macedonian orphanage early on in the year, but was rejected because the trip was full. That was tough because, I mean, who gets denied for a mission trip?! I accepted it as God's will (begrudgingly and with a bit of damaged pride, if I am being honest) and moved on, giving little more thought to it until I happened upon an extended deadline for a few trips at the end of the year. I guess God wanted me to go to Kenya, because this is when I (somewhat randomly chose and) applied for and was accepted to the Kenya trip I'll be serving on in April! I couldn't be more excited. I am looking forward to serving the people of Kenya and experiencing some personal growth along the way. You can read more about my trip here.

I didn't really challenge myself creatively in 2013. Sure, I did a few projects here and there, but nothing totally new or exciting. This year, I want to feel inspired. So inspired! Like, get an idea in the middle of the night and write it down immediately or better yet just get up and do it. That kind of inspired! And I want to share it with the tens of people who read this blog when I actually update it and let this URL serve as documentation for the things I do and make and love so well in 2014.

And lastly, my health and well-being. I essentially stopped working out in 2013. Remember when I was a runner? Yeah, me either. Remember when I cooked at home all the time? Yeah... I've decided to focus on the kinds of healthy living that I actually enjoy, which do not include running, that's for sure. I'm not setting any specific goals here or mandating myself to cook at home at least five nights a week or anything like that, but I do want to make small changes that will have a positive effect on me over the course of the year.

I bought a set of powersheets from Lara Casey to try and visualize what I want to do this year and really make it happen. It's hard stuff writing down your dreams and ideas and fears and goals. There are a lot of "what if's" that run through your mind and a part of you whispers that it's not worth it or that you can't do it, but I'm learning to push those words away and focus more on positive thinking because, as can be seen in so many cases with so many people, I can do it - and so can each and every one of you! It's so very true.

So, 2014, I'm glad you're here. Here's to change and growth and inspiration for the next 12 months and beyond.

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