Happy first Monday of 2019!
I don’t know about you but I feel like today is like the actual START day for all the things – goals, resolutions, projects, etc. Monday is like that for me – if I’m going to start something new, I’m probably going to schedule DAY ONE on a Monday.
It’s funny how one day can feel so important. Sometimes it excites and motivates and other times it stresses us out. All through December, I have been low key pressuring myself to get my act together by January 1 — I needed all the videos recorded, all the blog posts written, all the photos taken and all the graphics finished.
Then New Year’s Eve came. Followed by New Year’s Day. And none of it was done.
By Thursday, January 3, I exhaled and realized that I was the only one who expected my to have it together and that it was okay that I didn’t. Now it’s Monday the 7th, and I’m ready to go.
My word for 2018 was BRAVE. It was the perfect focal point and exactly what I needed to kick me the pants and make decisions in spite of the fear I feel when facing challenges or trying something new. Last year was the first time my word stuck for the entire year.
As I was thinking about what I wanted to prioritize in 2019, I landed on the one word that encapsulates my wishes for this new year of life — FAITHFUL.
Just as I have felt the need for bravery in my life, I’ve also felt a lack of faithfulness. Faithfulness in my devotion to Christ in my daily life. Faithfulness in the care and keeping of my family relationships and friendships. Faithfulness in the care of my body. Faithfulness in my responsibilities as wife, homemaker, and aspiring entrepreneur.
Year after year I look at the gaping holes in the ares of my life where I am negligent and lazy. It’s easy to cast blame on whatever aspects of my life that don’t suit me or the handicaps I feel I possess but the long and the short of it is, that I am still my biggest roadblock when I don’t take control of what I have the power to change.
So I’m choosing to be faithful in what I put my heart, mind, and hands to. I want to finish what I start. I want to be more attentive to those around me. I want to humbly and ungrudgingly put one foot in front of the other, faithfully doing the work that is in front of me, whatever it may be.
And I chose FAITHFUL instead of FAITHFULNESS on purpose. FAITHFUL is an active word. I need an active word not just a pursuit for a state of being. I want to BE FAITHFUL not practice faithfulness.
I feel like God is challenging me to step it up in my life and I want to follow where ever He leads.
So this year I’m going to embrace authenticity, humility, vulnerability and action in a way I never have. I know I can’t do everything but everything I do I want to do well.
Do you have a word of the year? What’s your motivation for 2019? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments!