Begin Today

"Begin today. Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and are eager to learn through joy."

I don't do New Year's resolutions but I always do a look back over my year as my birthday nears. I look to set goals and create routines. Setting goals is refreshing. Even if I fail at first, it gives me something to strive for. Here are some of my birthday goals:

1. Love more, worry less:

I want to continue making time for my relationships, intentionally planning dinners, and coffee dates. Things that I want to do more of are: weekend trips and Skype dates with people who build me up. I want to set aside the time to show people that I love them and to encourage others. I want to share my joy. I want to be grateful for everything I've been given. Instead of making my to do list every night, I want to make a list of things I'm grateful for. Worrying gets you nowhere so I'm going to do less of it. I have an amazing God so I'll just turn those things over to Him.

2. Write!:

I love writing. So my goal for this year is to mail at least one card a week to someone I love and/or admire. We're all so engrossed with technology, our interactions can become impersonal. I'm changing that for myself. I've already limited my texts and started actually calling people again. I really love the conversations I've been having.

I also plan to blog more. I'm at a pretty amazing place in my life. I love reading old journals and entries and thinking back to where I was then. I plan to document my first year of blogging and taking everyone along for the journey. Writing is therapeutic, so blogging is definitely the perfect fit for me.

3. More disconnecting:

Life's a delicate balance. I've set aside specific times for work and for rest. I'm allowing myself to take a break and take more time for people and things I love. We're constantly flooded with email, work, and social media. At the end of the day, I just want to enjoy time with friends and family. I won't be answering any more emails and messages from bed. I've created a schedule for myself. I'm shutting down the computer and phone at a decent hour and won't be opening them again until the next work day. I've found that the more I disconnect, the more eager I am to connect again.

This last birth year was the happiest of my life. It was nothing short of amazing. As I embark on a new birth year, I pray that I take the time to be grateful because I know the best is yet to come. 

Thank you for allowing me to share my life with you!