New Year, New Focus

Hot air balloon and Memorial Unionseek truth

be thankful

always have a project

redefine beauty: and pursue it

reject mediocrity

live in the moment

take nothing and no one for granted

eliminate anxiety

trust God

have joy


Above are my resolutions for 2013. I realize that they’re not particularly measurable, but I think that’s okay. These are my priorities, my focus, resolutions too important to be measured in pounds or calories. If you’ll allow me to expound…

seek truth: information is everywhere. about everything. but what does God have to say? i’m shooting for less magazines, less twitter, more scripture.

be thankful: instead of “it could be better,” how about: “it could be worse”? i am blessed with so very much, but i miss most of it, most of the time. plan: start making lists. 1o things i’m truly thankful for, every morning and every night before bed.

always have a project: sometimes, especially in winter, i mope around and basically wonder why i’m here. those days aren’t fun. and i’ve finally figured them out. those days happen when i’m not busy. when i’m not doing something that matters, at least to me. i’m a girl with goals, and i need to be constantly working to make them happen. i need projects. so…i have decided to write a book. (more about that in an upcoming post)

redefine beauty: and pursue it: i looked back at New Year’s Resolutions from years past, and guess what i saw? well, here’s one particular list, written when i was in 7th grade. lose 5 pounds, run more, get teeth whitened, drink more water for better skin, get perfect abs. now though, that list amazes me a little bit. now though, that list makes me mad. i am so much more than anything that can be seen in a mirrorit seems, though, that i didn’t always know or believe that. i do now. i’m an avid shopper, i work out, i’m into makeup, but the way i look does not define me. “…beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” Proverbs 31:30 i resolve to spend as much time on inner, true beauty, as i do on outer.

reject mediocrity: as i wrote about in this post, if you’re going to do something, you might as well do it well. otherwise, truly, what’s the point? i resolve to give 100% whether i’m running, writing, or working at the pool.

live in the moment: i miss so many gifts by wishing time would fast-forward or rewind. it’s time to hit pause.

take nothing and no one for granted: there are so many wonderful people in my life, and i resolve to do my best to give them the appreciation, love, and respect they deserve. who knows how many more days we’ll have together? life is short, and fragile. i will not waste it in stupid, petty arguments or conflicts with people i love.

eliminate anxiety: sometimes i feel, ironically, that if i don’t allot a good amount of time to worrying about a certain issue, everything will fall apart. but, hello? all worry does is make me feel sick and changes the actual situation in absolutely no way. i’m done with worry.

trust God: connected strongly to the previous item, i’m making a conscious effort to put my trust in God alone. i don’t need to worry, about anything- and in fact He commands us not to- because He’s in charge, not me. He loves me, and He’s got this. i love Him, and i’m surrendering. 

have joy: this doesn’t mean i’m ordering myself to always be happy. feelings can’t be commanded. but joy does not equal happiness. happiness is when things are going well. joy is realizing and remembering the amazing, awesome truth that God loves me and died for me and for that reason, everything, everything, is always going to be okay.

love: a wise man once said, “the opposite of love is selfishness.” the Bible says “…if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing” 1 Corinthians 13:2b that’s pretty clear. if i have not love, i am nothing. i resolve to reject the trap of living just for me. i resolve to live with love, and live with the knowledge that i am loved. unconditionally. 

What are your resolutions? Feel free to comment 🙂

xo, j


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