I have been a long-time fan of a fresh start (and any opportunity to start anew, really). It could be moving into a new home, a different school experience for my child and even opening the pages of a crisp, blank journal. Certainly, a NEW YEAR warrants one of the best excuses to clean the slate and start over, and I am fully embracing this as we usher in 2019.
As a child, I spent hours visioning my future life. I drew pictures of two story houses with in-ground pools in the backyard. There were lots of kids and dogs everywhere. I decorated my posh outfits: puffy sleeved dresses with polka dots and bows. Sometimes I drew a Cadillac in the driveway (hey, a girl can dream, right?!).
But it wasn’t until well into my adult life that I had the concrete realization that material and external things were not what I was really looking for. I wanted to FEEL a certain way, no matter how that presented from the outside in. Big house, fancy things, multiple kids: it wouldn’t really matter if I did not have a greater sense of purpose in this universe.
2018 was a tough one for me and my family with unexpected twists and turns (and more to come). But right now, I am spending a cozy New Year’s Eve at home with Arizona (she’s playing with her home-made slime, pretending she has her own YouTube channel), we are healthy, we are loved and we know that JOY will always come in the morning. I am grateful!
To that end, here is what I am looking forward to in 2019 (and beyond):
*Feeling (and staying) connected to a greater purpose
*Making a difference in other people’s lives (namely, my beloved special needs community)
*Saying NO to the things that do not serve me
*Experiencing (and maintaining) a thriving relationship with my daughter (an on-going hope!)
*Finding JOY, in little things, every day
*Being conscious of a healthy lifestyle: spiritual, physical, emotional and psychological
*Experiencing meaningful and enriching relationships with family & friends
*Exploring ways to participate in new experiences and adventures
*Finishing my MEMOIR (so that I can finally share my story with you all!)
*Allowing my God to continue leading, guiding and directing me as His vessel on this earth!
What are you looking forward to in 2019? Do you have specific goals? Items to cross off your check list? Ways to expand beyond your comfort zones? Please share: I am always rooting for you.
Happy New Year, my loves!