Well hey there friends. Happy New Year! As I look forward to 2017, and all the healing, life and laughter it will bring – I’m more convinced than ever that now is the time to continue to share our story….vulnerably. The good, hard, and beautiful. Not for my own glory, but because this is what the Lord has called me to. To share my story so others know they aren’t alone. to offer encouragement. to be a friend. to be transparent + vulnerable in a world that is so surface level. I’ve let fear and others opinions hold me back the last half of the year, and I say no more. I’m ready. Welcome back to me.
We spent the last hours of 2016 at home, snuggled with my family. My daughter and I drank sparkling white grape juice and toasted to the new year while jamming out in the bathtub….then at approximently 8:15, we did a countdown and sang Aude Lang Syne with the kids in their room and ended the night with a group hug. Jammies, football, and looking through 2016 pictures by 9pm made this preggo happy. These are moments I don’t want to miss.
Other things I don’t want to miss: taking care of myself.
I got away with two close girlfriends for an overnight this weekend, and it was such a sweet time. There is something so refreshing to my soul about getting away from all the noise, and getting to just be ME for a day. Sharing the hurt, the hard, the lonely moments and having a safe space to do that. Also dreaming and looking towards the HOPE for the new year. I left Houston in the rain, and as I drove into College Station, the sun came out. I literally felt sadness + a weight lift, and my heart became so excited for what this new year will bring.
It’s easy to focus on the hard, and there is a place for feeling the feelings and grieving it – but now I’m ready to move on! I want to leave behind the loss, hurt, and pain from 2016 and move into hope and healing. With worship music blaring, I cried happy tears to Jesus for the way He loves me unconditionally – I know that no matter what, HIS LOVE will sustain me.
As I think about the new year, there are some things I want to leave behind from 2016, and some things I want MORE of in 2017.
Less scarcity and more abundance
Less distraction more focus
Less comparison more joy
Less fear more freedom
Less distraction more being present
Less multitasking more focus
Less insecurity more transparency
Less crying more laughing
Less phone in the evenings, more kitchen dance parties
++++++What are you going to let go of from last year?++++++
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