brain farts

The first blank page of a new year…

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It’s January 1st. We rolled over the calendars last night with party poppers, amazing food, a pig on the spit, games, music and laughter.
It’s no longer 2014.
2015 has arrived in full force.

Happy New Year!

How quick did 2014 seem to race by? I know sometimes it felt like it dragged on – there were some crushing lows and some tougher days than others, but on a whole I feel like we really only just had New Year celebrations from 2013! It was a year ago our family was getting excited for a big trip to the Philippines. I was psyching myself up for my final 2 semesters of my post grad course and the looming placement experience. 2014 was an intense, busy and memorable year and it’s hard to believe that here we sit yet again. Another January 1st on the doorstep.

Last year, I made New Years resolutions. Yep – for the first time I made a conscious decision to set goals and attempt to follow through on them in 2014. Did I keep those resolutions? No. Am I surprised? No. Haha! How can I be?! I’m terrible at follow-through when it comes to habitual change for myself. It takes 30-60 days or something they say to change a habit…I barely last 3-6 DAYS! So unfortunately, I have no resolution accomplishments to celebrate today and I’m hesitant to set new ones for this year…

Nonetheless, I will. And I’ll keep it short, sharp and simple – spend more time with my Creator.

Out of that resolution I hope that other changes will flow…and that way, rather than forcing myself to keep track of all the things I want to change or do, my focus is where it should be and my motivation is shifted. Maybe then, other things I want for the New Year will happen in their own time rather than forcing them.

So my word for 2014 was ‘CRAVE’…and I’ve decided that my word for 2015 is ‘CHILL’. Sounds cliche, right? Silly, lame, impractical, childish? Well for me, this will be a very important word for my year. I struggled with the thought of 2015 approaching as I knew what sorts of journeys lay ahead…and now that it’s here, I don’t want to be bogged down for 12 months in apprehension and depression just because I’m so highly strung about it all. God is in control. God is in charge. God has gone before and He will walk with me. I simply need to chill out. Stress less. Shove the worries away. Focus on His strength, peace & truth and carry on as I have been called to do. Chilling out from all the concerns and ‘maybes’ of 2015 will be a big challenge, but I hope that this time next year, I can high five myself and know that God stretched me in the best way possible.

So I hope that as this new year unfolds for you, your resolutions are easy to keep, practical and important to you so that as you complete them and fulfil them and tick them off you know you are where you are meant to be. Many blessings for all the journeys and adventures and trials and tests and joys and excitements that await you this year – may God be the reason for EVERY ONE of your seasons.

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