Happy 2016 friends! I am so excited to get back into blogging for the new year! Sometimes it is good to take a break and to relax, so you can come back with a clear mind and fresh ideas. I really needed it 🙂 I hope everyone’s break from either school or work has recharged you and has made you ready to take on this new year.
During my break I have been reconnecting with long-distance friends, disconnecting from the internet entirely for a few days, and overall reflecting a lot on myself and this blog, and ways I can be an open book and also have a message for those that need it. I am not a quitter so I always want to be consistent with my blog not just about quantity but quality too, and continue this blog for as long as I can. It’s been a great vessel for me to organize and scatter my thoughts, and always keeping me in prayer for wisdom and understanding. Overall just helping me grow as a person. I genuinely enjoy doing this blog.
Now that you’re caught up, I’m going to now focus on what I actually wanted to write about…
NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
What else did you think I was going to write about as my first post in January? I’ve never really given new year resolutions a thought, let alone actually stick through with them. I don’t even think you need a new year as an excuse to set goals for yourself or to change for the better. But if a new year helps push you to set some goals, then go for it. I decided to give it a try this time around. New years eve was never easy for me or our family, because it is the anniversary of my brother’s passing. It has now been 10 years, but it’s a scar that will never go away. While New Years is a time of celebration and new beginnings, a small part of me mourns too. Being said, I can’t really say that my new years experiences have been all that amazing until 2015 (now that I have a husband to enjoy it with). Why does this year feel different to me? Well, because I am in a completely new chapter in life and now I can say that I really have no idea what to expect, and now that I am an adult (technically) I basically have to figure it out on my own. Is there a way to unsubscribe from adulthood? No? Oh..
It doesn’t help much going through new stages in life that I am naturally a worrier. I worry about everything. So when something happens that I don’t expect, I automatically freak out. Adulthood can be really stressful. Last month especially, I had so much anxiety and stress I was getting physically sick. But God showed His faithfulness through those times and got me through it. I am still in awe how that happened. I really thought there was no way out, and He somehow made a way. My habit of worrying has drastically decreased because I cried out to God and He rescued me from myself. If you’re like me experiencing something completely different this year, hoping this could be a little message of encouragement.
27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear? 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:25-34
A small side story, but I felt like I needed to share that. I’d like to share my resolutions for this year, because I believe the best is yet to come, and every time we open our eyes in the morning it is a chance for new beginnings.
Here are my resolutions for 2016:
- Surrender all of my problems and anxiety to Jesus, & take life one day at a time
- Continue to improve myself in all the roles I have
- Create a realistic budget and live within it
- Learn to cook
- Say yes to any adventure that comes my way
- Read a new book once a month
- Travel at any opportunity I get
What does this year look like for you? What goals would you like to accomplish? I challenge you to go sit down at your favorite coffee shop with your best friend and go over what you want to see happen this year. If you’re against new years resolutions feel free to call it something different. Take some time in prayer about it, ask for God’s guidance in where he wants to take you.
You can’t guarantee better times, but you can give yourself an opportunity to be a better you. May some of your happiest days happen in 2016.