As someone who did not make any new year’s resolutions last year, as I was fighting for emotional survival, this year I wanted to be more purposeful. In the past, I had always done my one word, which I think is a great tool – I loved the simplicity about it. But this year, I feel I need to do something deeper and with stronger guides than the past. I stumbled upon this blog and decided to make it my year-long project for 2017. Each month I will chose a phrase to make my focus. Here’s what it looks like:
My goals for 2017 look inward and outward, and most of all, reflect the Light of the Lord. It took me awhile to come up with these – I kept changing the wording on some – others popped into my head, as I felt a nudging from the Lord. I know what I want these statements to become in my life, but the Lord usually turns that on its head, so this should make for an interesting year, especially the one about growing grapes. I’ll probably grow something else entirely.
It’s already looking interesting: we’re getting a nationalist in the White House. How will the US play on the world stage with this regime change? How is Europe going to change? We booked a reconnaissance meeting with a realtor: our 2100 sq ft house is big for just the 2 of us – we’re been floating the idea of downsizing to a smaller house and paying it off within a few years. Our huge house comes with a lot of property too – it is a lot to maintain. We’re not selling out of desperation: we are selling because we choose to change our lifestyle, possibly careers – who knows what will become of it. In my own little world, my loved one who was silently struggling with alcohol addiction decided to stop drinking and seek the help of a professional counselor. I am overjoyed, but guarded: these things are not fixed overnight or guaranteed. Nonetheless, I am so thankful and happy that this sordid chapter may come to a close. I’d like a new job, but in the past year, I’ve been rejected 4 times and currently have no prospects. There’s a family-sized hole in my heart. How will the Lord fill that? I’m taking on a project at church that is out of my realm of expertise. So many questions, so much potential.
What better phrase to start January with than this:
Learn to move forward.
- Stop dwelling on what was or what could have been
- Do something new
- Don’t get hung up on worry
- Acknowledge mistakes and then let them go