Hello, dears! I wanted to get at least one more New Year’s post out. I’ve been thinking about goals and the concept of choosing one word to define your year. So I thought I’d share some of my thoughts here, with y’all.
A few days ago, I saw Rebekah’s post about her One Word for the year. I really like that idea, and decided to define this year in one word: Freedom. I chose this word because last year I was trapped. Trapped behind hiding my age. Trapped behind the unknown. Trapped behind regret and things that happened that I need to move on from. This year I want to move on from the past, move on and learn freedom – the freedom we have in Christ, freedom from the world. Freedom to live, as I am, for my Savior, with joy and delight.
I never make resolutions because when I used to they always would fail. XD Besides, the resolutions I used to make were like, to keep my room clean and be more serious and mature and save money. That was when I was 13 and I just needed to realize that I needed to be a slightly haphazard teen for a bit. I tried too hard. And things like that – keeping your room clean and being mature and saving money – well, they come with time, and you notice that you’re doing them without even trying. (It’s funny to look back and realize you’ve achieved all those – but that they happen over time, not exactly in one year. Although I don’t think I’ll ever be too serious. XD)
Some of my goals this year are to actually read through the Bible chronologically, because I’ve never done that, nor have I been able to actually read through the Bible in a year before. *shrinks* I want to make some friends locally, because I have like 2 and one of them is off on a mission trip. (Hi, Sam!) I want to shoot 20 photo sessions, paid or not. I want to take some classes in things like self-defense and watercolor. (Two drastically different things but eh, that’s me.) I want to save enough money for a car (though I probably won’t buy a car, I’d like to have the knowledge that I would have enough money to do that). I want to get strong. And I want to start, finish, and publish The Watermelon Club.
In surmise, I’m excited for this year. I’m eager to see what will happen. It’s a very interesting thing to look forward at the year in the beginning and then look back at the end. Looking back at 2018, if I had known what was going to happen to myself and my family I would have been overwhelmed. I know the beginning of the year I didn’t have the strength, the faith, and the courage I would need. But God’s grace is always sufficient and He gave it to me as I needed it. Last year, I can see the word to define it was grow, which I did much of. I don’t know what this year is going to look like. It could be just as hard or harder as the last year, or it could be easier. It’s hard not to know, but I rest in the fact that God knows and holds us in the palm of His hand.
This year is going to be full of new things. We’ve finally found a church that I pray is the right one for us (we’ve been out of a church for over 2 and a half years), and will be visiting it this weekend. I’ll be turning eighteen and hopefully getting my drivers’ license. I pray and hope that I get to go see Allison again, and hopefully meet another blogger friend. I’m 90% sure that I am going to perform a solo concert in the spring. This year is also the first actual year since I’ve graduated, so I’ll be keeping on working part-time for my dad and growing my photography business.
It’s going to be an interesting year, no matter what happens. I’m curious to see what God has in store for me.
And that ends my long post. XD I hope you got through it all right! What are some of your goals for the year? Are you expecting anything exciting to happen?