I am a few days early in making my 2016 resolution post, but I want to do it while my thoughts about 2016 are fresh in my mind. I really love making New Year resolutions, it is the following through with them that I am not so great at. So, this year my top resolution is to follow through with my resolutions!
I have three key words for this year: Intentional....Grateful....Authentic
I think authentic is just actually going to be my life word, but I want it to be part of who I am in everything. I haven't reached it yet, so I still have to make it part of my resolutions.
I want to be intentional in every single relationship I have. That means that I want to make time to hear what people are really saying. Spend quality time with them, and not just a hello here or there. I want to foster those friendships that are one-of-a-kind. I want to make deep and lasting friendships that are going to be around for awhile, and be able to make it through all the ups and downs life has to offer us. Mostly though this year I am going to be intentional with my family. I feel like they kind of get the back burner sometimes because I know that they will always be there, but we don't know what tomorrow holds. I want to make memories today. I want to get to know who they are on a deeper level. I want to intentionally spent time loving the people I am with.
Sometimes I get lost in wanting what others have. I get lost in wanting a husband/family of my own and that sometimes forces me to lose sight of the things that I do have that others don't. In 2016 I want to be grateful for what I have. I want to be grateful for my singleness and live it out in a way that I never have before. I want to be grateful for my friends, family, community. I want to look at everyday in a positive way and open my eyes up to all that I am blessed with. I don't want to take God's mercy for granted. I want to wake up every morning feeling blessed and living out that feeling.
I continue to try to live an authentic life. I continue to try to be the real me no matter who I am around, and no matter what the subject is. I feel like it is a process, and will continue to be a process as long as I live. But this year I am focusing once again on being authentic. I don't want to hide behind anything. I want to be real when I am feeling lousy. I want to be real when I have something to celebrate. I want to be authentic in conversations and not hide behind the mask or wall I so often put up.
I am excited about what God has brought me this year to focus on in 2016.
"Do not fear for I am with you: Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10
"For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (or cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but He has given us a spirit of power and of love and calm and well balanced mind and discipline and self-control." 2 Timothy 1:7
So I look to 2016, that it will be a year when I embrace where I am, who I am with, and the life that I am living as a single 34 year old female. I will live my life with love, intention, gratefulness, and authenticity. I will work to build His kingdom through His mercy and grace.