So I have a thing with Beginnings. I really like the excitement of New Ideas and Fresh Starts. I’ll have to admit, I’m kind of a serial “start-but-never-finish” type of person.
This post is kind of borne out of a few different things.
One of my fave podcasts about technology/productivity talks about the concept of yearly themes (and not resolutions), so my mind was mulling around what kind of theme I want to set for myself.
A phone call with an old pastor prompted me to think about how I felt about my current situation in life, and what I could be doing to either accept or change it.
I spent New Year’s Eve at church and our pastor talked about the concept of finishing well - something I am admittedly terrible at. I wanted to make a goal that I could finish well.
One of my favorites verses is Isaiah 43:19
Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
While the whole chapter makes me feel loved and known by God, this particular verse makes me feel hope for the future. And I think that’s just a nice way to go into a new year.
I have some resolutions and goals, but mostly, I want this year to be a year of discipline and rest.
I’m still mulling around what that means for me day-to-day, but I have some general goals I’d like to share.
Take in the Word daily- I’m currently listening to the Bible in audiobook format, which makes it easier to binge-read the Bible.
Schedule Quality time with God - I want to schedule intentional time alone with God at least once a month.
Serve from an overflowing cup and say "no” when I feel empty - Last year sometimes felt like I was drowning in Things to Do (especially at church) and I was serving people while I was disconnected from God. This led me to be short with my family and friends, and I always regretted it.
Prepare for the week - I want to take time daily to write down what I need to do, so that I won’t be stressed thinking about those things and instead do them.
Be a finisher - Most people don’t know this, but I am actually enrolled in cosmetology and makeup school. Since it’s something I’m doing on my own time (i.e. in between work, church, and social life), it’s fallen to the wayside and I want to keep doing this.
There’s a ton more I can share, but these are more general (and kind of cheesy), so I’ll spare you those deets. I hope you start your year with intention and keep pressing on until you can finish well.