A new year. I’m hoping it is filled with peace, surprises, love, laughter, energy, smiles, warmth & JOY.
I have always been a planner. Naturally anxious, organizing calms me and brings me peace.
That changed in late 2012, when I became suddenly ill. I had lost control of my carefully planned life and I didn’t have the energy or clarity to regain that control. I tried to appease my anxieties by spending 2013 embracing my dreamer-side. I didn’t stress about lists or deadlines. I told myself that I would be less anxious if I just let life happen. I tried to do less and just BE.
I’ll tell ya, the notion of just letting it be and going with the flow sounds fabulous; but it left me feeling lost.
I realize now, I don’t want to just let life happen. I want to live intentionally.
In order to be the person I want to be, I must live in the present.
I can’t let the past dictate my life nor can I get so caught up in plans for the future that I miss the now.
Because, really, the now is what matters.
I recently saw a poster that read “Isn’t it wonderful to think, some of our best days have yet to come?”
I love that.
I love waking up and thinking, today may be my best day ever.
I know, I don’t want to miss a day. I want to be PRESENT.
My word this year is PRESENT.
I want to really, deeply experience my life, not just live it.
I want to be PRESENT.
I want to be PRESENT in my prayer.
To be trusting and open for the Lord to lead my life.
I want to be PRESENT in my marriage.
To dream with and appreciate my husband, every day.
I want to be PRESENT with my kids.
They are so precious and childhood is so brief. I want to really embrace this time of our lives
and truly experience each day with them with wide eyed excitement and an open heart.
I want to be PRESENT in my conversations.
I don’t want a phone call with my sister or coffee with my girlfriend to be a rush of thoughts squeezed in between kiddie-interruptions. I want to really hear what they have to say.
I want to be PRESENT in my actions.
Making good choices for myself. I want to give myself more time for writing, creating, exercising and reading.
My life is such a good one. Filled with SO much JOY! I want to feel it. Enjoy it. Savor it. Remember it.
I want to be PRESENT for my life.
What about you? Have you chosen one word to focus on for 2014? Do you have a resolution?
I’d love to hear about it! Share you thoughts in the comments below or email me if you prefer!