a new year

Ah. 2020 is officially behind us. WHAT A YEAR. It was eventful, to say the least – in my own personal life, in this country, and in the world. It seemed to stretch on forever. It felt heavy and at times even hopeless. And yet, in the darkness, the light shines the brightest. Without the night, you cannot truly see and appreciate the stars. (And I really, really love stargazing.) So, I’m thankful for all the experiences and for the lessons learned.

2020 reminded me of the brevity of life. We are not promised tomorrow. It taught me not to take a single breath for granted, and to truly cherish the people in my life.

2020 strengthened my faith and trust in God. It taught me that it’s okay to not have everything figured out. Even in the uncertainties and unknowns, God is still on His throne. He is still good. He is still in control. I may not know all the answers or have all the solutions, but He does. In a culture of false narratives and fake news, He is trustworthy and true. In a world that is constantly changing, He is unchanging. He is my firm foundation and the rock upon which I stand.

2020 also reminded that nothing in life, including this year, is wasted. It all has purpose, and God is able to use every bit of it, both the good and the bad. I don’t know about you, but I know that the fire refined me, and I am coming out stronger on the other side.

I am thankful for the growth that 2020 brought, for the answered prayers. But at the same time, I am not sad to see it go. If I’m being honest, I kind of have a “don’t let the door hit ya on the way out” attitude towards it. That is to say, I am more than ready for a new year and a fresh start.

So, here’s to taking risks and learning to hate my comfort zone. Here’s to loving fiercely and deeply without expectations, to being quick to listen and slow to speak. Here’s to holding onto hope. Here’s to allowing God’s strength to shine through my weaknesses, to growing in grace, and to being molded more into His image.

2021, you’re looking pretty good. I don’t know what you hold, but I do know Who is holding me. So, I’m ready for ya. Bring it on.

Aaaand just because I love lists and planning, here are some of my New Year Goals & Habits & Areas I Want to Grow In:

  • Do all things with love. (1 Corinthians 16:14)
  • Put that 1 Corinthians 13 love into practice. Love without expectations.
  • Grow in patience
  • When it comes to rest, choosing quality over quantity. So not just mindlessly scrolling or binging tv shows, but resting in a way that truly recharges and refreshes me. For me, this is reading, journaling, etc.
  • Write more (journaling, blogging, letters, etc)
  • Read at least a chapter or two a day.
  • Less screen time, more face-to-face time.
  • Fall in love with photography again. Get creative with it & shoot just for fun.
  • More movement (kickboxing, running, etc)
  • Take every thought captive
  • Be more outward focused. Seek to serve & be a blessing to those around me. Volunteer.
  • Save, budget, and do a no-spend January (ha, we will see how this one goes.)
  • Drink more water and less coffee (lol)
  • Extend grace – towards others & towards myself
  • Stay humble & be teachable
  • Work hard & chase dreams, but don’t take myself or life TOO seriously
  • Discipline, discipline, discipline (find rhythms & routines that work)
  • Read through the Bible in a year

What are some of your goals for this year?

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