It’s that time of year where I become very nostalgic and introspective.
As much as I am sad that time seems to be flying by and the holidays go by just as quick, I always get a little giddy and anxious for the beginning of a new year. For me it is a time of reflection and renewal.
A time to pause and take count and regroup. A count of my blessing and accomplishments from the past year (count of the pounds I didn’t loose from my last resolution). It’s a time to wipe the slate clean and start over with new goals and ambitions. I have another 365 days to “get it right”. A whole year to accomplish my long list of projects to start or complete, to be a better person, to get healthy, to live intentionally.
What exactly is intentional living? It is knowing why you do what you do or don’t do what you don’t do. It’s about taking the time to evaluate what you are doing, taking advise and example from others and take from it what works for you so you can make an informed decisions. It’s about doing things that are important to me no matter how difficult it may be and intentionally not doing things that serve no greater purpose.
My husband and I have a tradition on New Years Day to get together and reflect on five areas of our life: Relationships (couple, family, friends), finances, personal growth and faith, health and projects. My list is long as usual, but I am refreshed and energized by the possibilities the new year has to offer; our first trip to Hawaii, my youngest graduation from college, the arrival of our 3rd grandchild, a mini Minnesota family reunion in July and all the wonderful unknowns that have yet to unfold. I love planning for the things that I know are coming but am equally excited to look back on December 31st to see what surprises this new year would have brought.
Wishing you a beautiful new year filled with promise, excitement and wonder. Happy New Year from my family to yours!