Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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happy new year!

it's january first. like many people, i'm thinking about the next 365 days. what i want to accomplish and such. i have a running list of adventures + to-dos for the new year ahead. but as far as the rest, i'm holding it with open hands.

my main focus for the new year is JESUS. every goal + intention i've set points back to Him in some way. i realized while working thru my powersheets prep that if i'm not living for Jesus with every part of my life, then it's meaningless.

i don't mean that to sound dramatically ecclesiastical. it's just that there was an awakening in my faith in 2018; a re-birth, if you will. i experienced God in a fresh, intimate way. as i began to think about the new year ahead, i realized that if i'm not making Him my focal point, then i'm focusing on all the wrong things.


  a few goals + intentions for 2019:  


-  read thru the bible.

i did this once several years ago. it was purely out of selfish gain - to be able to say i read the bible all the way through. but i stumbled across the bible recap + knew it was something i wanted for the new year. it's a chronological read-thru of the bible with a short commentary podcast each day. i can read the Word myself, and not only glean from what the Spirit has to say, but get fresh perspective from tara-leigh, who i respect immensely.

-  serve my family well.

major caveat here: well does NOT mean perfect. that was what i was striving to be for so long - the perfect wife + mom. when i let go of who i thought i should be for my family, freedom entered my life. i cannot do everything + be everything to my boys. what i can be is a helpmate to jared, and a loving, caring mother to jackson.

-  create.

write. take photos. read books. start my polaroid project for 2019. adventure around my city. do whatever makes my soul come alive. nurture my creative side in many ways, even if that means just going to an evening walk to admire the nature in our neighborhood.


there are other areas of my life i want improve, but these three are my focus - at least for the first few months of the year. choosing a word for the year has always been fun, but in the last couple years, i've noticed that choosing a word for the quarter is more my style. my work for Q1 of 2019 is   C R E A T E  

create more space for the people + activities i love.
create more margin for rest.
create time for Jesus each + every day.
create a practice of daily thankfulness.
create a home that's inviting + full of life.
create art thru different lenses + avenues.

just    C R E A T E  

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