Are you all ready for a great year? I am! Last year at this time we talked about organization and our focus for the coming year. Well I’m returning to those themes as they are just what I do the beginning of each year. Instead of an ENORMOUS post I’m going to break it up. The topic for January will be organization. I’ll share ideas and tips throughout the month on organization, for your home, life and of course quilting.
Last year my “focus” for the year was JOY. Choosing JOY each and every day with the help of the Lord. If you’d like to read last years post here it is.
This year I want to live INTENTIONALLY. I’m one of those personalities that tends to just let each day come as it may and live it. While in some ways that’s good, you can also get to the end of the year and ask, “What did I really do this year? Was it meaningful? Did I make a difference?” Most importantly, did I do what God called me to do? That’s the most important thing to me. This time next year I want to be able to say, “yes I did, and this is what I did!”
I found this sign on Pinterest (love that Pinterest) and thought this would be great to focus on to help me achieve my goal for the year.
Live Simply ~ this will be the hardest for me. I like to do things large and make a bigger deal out of them than totally necessary. I love decorating and “fussing” with things. I need to work on that. The Lord wants us to have a simple life so we can follow Him more completely.
Dream Big ~ I think I dream big at times. Sometimes it’s reasonable to chase those dreams and sometimes not. They have to line up with the other goals in your life. The Lord wants us to dream and not sit by and waste away. We just have to be sure they align with His will.
Be Grateful ~ I’m so grateful for my life, salvation, family and friends ……The Bible tells us to be thankful in everything. I need to work on the EVERYTHING part. Some days it’s a lot easier to be Grateful than others. My focus is what will determine whether I can be grateful in that moment or not.
Give Love ~ to be honest, I think I give love selectively. I need to love EVERYONE as God loves everyone equally. That’s tough. Some people are more loveable that others! As I type this – this one may be the toughest after all. Hmmmmm
Laugh Lots ~ I love laughing with friends, my grandbabies, Ella, my kids …….. A little while back I saw part of a documentary that talked about how the chemistry in your body changes when you smile. You don’t even have to have anything to smile about. If you make yourself smile you will feel better. The Bible tells us to be joyful and merry. I think that probably includes laughing!
Sooo this post got a little more personal and challenged me a little more than I expected. That’s good though. It will help me in my goal for the year.
Annual New Years Giveaway!
Now ~ I’m going to have my Annual New Years Giveaway! This week I’d love to hear from you about the topics I talked about above. We’ll spend two days on each topic. We’ll start today with Live Simply. In a couple days (on the 4th) I’ll post about the next topic (Dream Big). You may post on each topic. For each thought you leave, you’re name will be put in the hat for the drawing. The contest will end Saturday, 1/12/13. The prize will be a tote FULL of quilting goodies!! Who wouldn’t love that!! So be sure and visit every couple days and post on each contest post. You could be the winner. Need a little reminder to visit? Sign up on the right sidebar to receive each post I post to the blog via email. It will be delivered straight to your mail box!
As I said above, this will be a tough one for me. I think I’m going to start with getting my house in better order. Clean out and get rid of some things I’ve hung on to for to long. Here I come Goodwill, Kids, Quilting friends……anyone who might be able to use what I don’t need!!
I love this quote and think it’s soooo true ~ Outer order contributes to inner calm. by Gretchen Ruben So I’ll be working on getting my “OUTER” in order. That will be the start of simplyfying my life.
How about you? What do you do to simplify your life, or what could you do that would simplify things? I’d love to hear your tips!
Talk to you in a couple days!
Thanks for visiting!
Blessings ~ Terri