This year is going to be different.
Isn’t this what we say every year when the clock moves us from December 31st to January 1st? We struggle to remember to change the number at the end of the year when we write our dates. And yet, we mentally move ourselves forward. The beginning of the year gives us a chance to reset. To mentally move ourselves from where we were to where we want to be.
We set goals and resolutions. We decide to pick a word. Or decide to conduct an experiment in order to accomplish what we are dreaming about.
And I do it too.
Don’t get me wrong, I do all these things too. I vow to do things differently. Change my focus. Be different. Better.
But really, how do we do this?
I think the question we need to ask ourselves is why we want to make a change. And that’s the point here.
We all hope the new year brings a change. It carries new hope. Light. And in general, there’s a newness to it all.
What do you do with the new?
So, what do you do with the hope? With the desire for change? Do you decide arbitrarily on goals? Or do you sit down with workbooks and answer questions to dig into the why?
I think it’s important for us to know the why behind the changes that we want to make.
My changes for 2017
As I’ve thought about what my “one word” might be, a specific phrase has come to mind. I know I need to decrease overwhelm in my life. My legacy depends on me being able to fully rely on God (anybody else remember those bracelets we wore in middle school?!). I need to be able to trust him for all the moments. And that means creating space for Him. And taking out the things that aren’t adding any value specifically.
For me, decreasing overwhelm also means letting go of the lies that I’ve believed. It means finding healing. Hope. Peace. And above all, intentionality.
I’ve been listening to a podcast recently called The Minimalists. The idea of minimalism has long caught my attention, and I’ve attempted to purge in little ways here and there in 2016. But this particular podcast has challenged my thinking towards everything. The podcast isn’t a lesson in how; it’s a focus on the why. Why do we decrease the things in our lives? To increase the value of the things we have. To enjoy those around us and the things that we own.
My Legacy Life
That means intentionality across all avenues of my life. I want to use the spaces I have wisely. Which means more quiet. More reflection.
And this year is going to be more of a reflection of what it looks like to live a legacy life. I want to share more of what I’m learning of course. As well as what I’m reading. But I want to be more intentional to share my wins. And my fails. I want this space to reflect a bit more what it really looks like for me to live a legacy life every day.
I’m excited to journey into this year with you!