Welcome to a New Year!!!
I LOVE New Year’s. It is so refreshing to think about waking up to a brand new year.
Full disclosure…I am a bit of a nerd. I love books and could sit on my couch all day with one and be as content as ever. I get excited about new pens and stationary. I can’t contain myself if a new journal makes it’s way into my life. All of my children’s names were picked because of their meaning and are somehow connected to something of significance or someone special. I put thought into every decision I make and/or don’t make. To sit around and talk about the world and life’s unanswerable questions sounds like the perfect evening. I don’t like small talk because it is frivolous energy that could be used for much more in depth conversations or learning. Research. is. my. favorite. thing. ever. I can’t get on board with something until it makes complete and logical sense to me and I read science and psychology material for fun.
These are a few of my favorite things…(enter Maria Von Trapp)
Full disclosure: Part two: I have my word for the year. I have had it for well over a month and it makes me so happy. Last year’s word was Brave…You can read about it here on the blog.
This year’s word is Simplify.
But, it’s not just the obvious definition of “to make less complex or complicated”in a physical sense, although this will be the starting off point. My family has begun to simplify our living space by decluttering and purging like crazy (even though our garage is full of junk bc we have nowhere to put the purged junk, yet…but…focusing on the positive’s ;)). My goal is to simplify more than what the eye can see or the hands can touch.
The intention of simplifying life is to have more time and energy for the things that truly matter to me. For so long, I’ve wasted time and energy on seemingly meaningful things that turned out to be superficial and void of any lasting impression.I want this year to be different. I want it to be a life change for myself and our family. Living a more minimalistic life and focusing on the emotional simplicities should help ease anxiety and free up time to invest more intimately in relationships and the riches bestowed upon me.
The verse to remind me of living simplistically, will be Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.
This year will be dedicated to treasuring the things of importance and not wasting the time God has blessed me with. Jesus gave me a life based grace and forgiveness and I want to be the best steward of the gift of life. I am excited to see what God will reveal to me through simplifying the complexities in life. As always, the excitement is met with fear, but luckily I have tucked my word of Brave from last year deep into my soul. Remembering to be brave will help to face the challenges that are attached with shaving off the layers of sludge that have built up.
What is your word for the year? What are your resolutions? Have you ever tried simplifying your life? I would love to hear success stories or words of advice on how you accomplished it!