Happy New Year! 2⃣0⃣1⃣8⃣🎉 Now is the time when everyone gets on social media to reflect on the previous year by posting photos with extremely long descriptions that no one ever reads (at least I don’t). That’s what blogging is for (right?). All jokes aside, I’m glad 2017 is over. Even though a new year doesn’t really mean anything has changed, it’s a nice mental “kickstart” for the next year of your life in which endless possibilities are right at your fingertips. People like New Years Resolutions. Whether it’s a goal in mind, one word they’re focusing on, one area in their life that needs improvement, resolutions come in many different shapes and sizes.
I’ve jumped on the whole “new year new me” bandwagon before, and that’s not really the path for me. I’ve started my year out pursuing goals that fade into dreams that soon after are pushed to the back of my mind because something more important always comes along. Just because it’s a new year, doesn’t mean I’m any more disciplined or that I have any extra time to reach these unrealistic goals I have been setting up for myself over the years. I love the idea of having one word to intentionally focus on throughout the year to improve and grow in. So, while carefully attempting to choose my word for 2018, I began writing down some areas of my life that I would like to improve in. A pattern began to form as each statement had the word “more” in it.
So I have decided my theme for 2018 is “MORE” and here is my list:
More time set aside to read for pleasure
More time set aside to spend with God
More giving back, donating and volunteer time
Learn more words | broaden my vocabulary
Writing more music | my goal is to fully finish one song this year
More adventures | saying YES to fun things
So I'm encouraging you today: your “resolutions” this year don’t have to end, and they certainly don’t have to be a running joke. Choose one word, or one phrase to direct your attention to for one year and see where it takes you, how it changes you, and how you’ve grown over the year. Log your process! Keeping a daily journal is immensely helpful especially since it’s easy to lose track of your progress and moments when going through day-to-day life (here is my blog post on why daily journals have been a blessing to me this year).
Make the most of your 2018. Happy New Year!
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