Monday, December 30, 2013



This is a milestone year for 20th wedding anniversary AND I turn 40!  Come March I've been married just a few months more than half my life.     I'm good with the anniversary, turning 40 not so much.  I'm reminded of aging on a daily basis.  I almost broke my teeth on a hard cereal bar the other day and my mouth is still sore.  I had to wait to clasp a necklace the other morning because my fingers were just a bit stiff first thing in the morning.  I want to hit 40 full speed ahead-beating back the clock,  so I have big ideals for this year.  I know, I know...resolutions can be self-defeating, but I'm going to do it anyway!

Follow my passion--- I've loved music, probably since the day I was born.  Somehow since I don't actively teach music or lead music anymore, it's gotten pushed aside.  This year I sang at 2 community events and realized how much I miss sharing music with others. I'm committing to changing that this year.  I don't know how it will happen.  But I will follow my passion and see where God takes me.  JP and I are already finding some new music to practice together.  Maybe 2015 will find us on the road...just kidding. 

I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. 
And when I run I feel His pleasure. 
Eric Liddell

Get in shape--- Okay, I know this is on everyone's list after the holidays.   I'm about 10-12 lbs. away from an ideal weight for me that I've haven't seen since high school graduation.  I already wear clothes sizes that I've never worn, but I want to feel strong and trim.  Comfortable in my own skin.  I want to hike more and just be more active in general.

Be in the moment---I'm way too serious and think too much about what's going to happen tomorrow or next week.  I want to go with the flow, laugh, play the games and let tomorrow worry about itself.  I want to be present and not staring at a screen.  I want to be spontaneous and explore new places. 

Speak life---I want to be an encourager of others.  Put away thoughts and words of criticism and judgment.  Encourage others to follow their passions and gifts.  Be an encouragement to my spouse and children.  

Seek God---I've felt a struggle with my own personal devotion time at different times.  I just want to seek God this year whatever that looks like.  

"Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness 
and all these things shall be added unto you." 
Matthew 6:33

It's my thing---I'm such a people pleaser in a not-so-good way at times.  I let expectations of others rule me at times.  I want to do my own thing this year...come into my own skin...not worry about what others will think of me if I'm doing what's best for our family...say no unashamedly...say yes excitedly!  

I feel so excited for a new year, a new start, a new beginning.  I want to look back one day and say, "The year I turned 40 was the year I really starting living!"

What about you?  What do you want to accomplish in 2014? 


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