new year :: 2015

It's officially the new year! Woo Hoo! I love the new year. It's a fresh start, a clean slate, a new beginning! 

This morning I woke up, promptly got in my car and drove to my nearest Starbucks, a mere 4 minutes from my house. I ordered this seasons usual, the Chestnut Praline Latte, and went on my merry way. Side note: If you've yet to try the Chestnut Praline latte, I suggest doing so! It's quite delicious. I returned home and began journaling. Let us pause here for a moment. To say that I came home and journaled is quite the accomplishment for me! I don't know if any of you out there are journalers (not a word), but I've tried to make myself one. However, It always starts the same - I go out, find a cute notebook and tell myself "alright, this time I'm REALLY going to start journaling. Every night I'm going to sit down and hash out the day, yada yada yada.." Then, somewhere around  day 4 or 5 I'd forget to journal because I'm too tired or have better things to do, so I fall off the bandwagon and be stuck in the same non-journaler (again, not a word) rut as before. However, I've come to realize the importance of keeping a journal and documenting my life, thanks to a series of conversations with two of my friends Beth and Jenny. We were on our way home from our dear Hannahbeth's wedding, last May when we got onto the topic of journaling! Jenny excitedly told us that she'd recently finished her journal. She'd been writing in the same one for the past several years and had finally written on the very last page! "How exciting!" I thought, as I imagined all of the things that journal must contain. All of the moments captured by pen and paper, all of the prayers, funny stories and testimonies. She went on to say she loves journaling because it's a way to "get everything out" (now, those may not be her exact words, but she said something to that extent). Now, I decided, after talking with Jenny, that I would start journaling. However, to forego the usual "journaling rut" I took the pressure off. I didn't set myself up to fail by saying "you must journal everyday for 30 minutes." I simply decided that I would journal when I felt like it. This sounds easy and un-regimented, however it has worked! I've filled nearly half a journal since May (2014), which is about 8 months worth, and I am quite proud of that! It's filled with moments and prayers, hard times, good times, quotes, scriptures, encouraging words and so much more! I love that I have a tangible thing that I can look back through in the years to come.

I say all this to encourage you! I want to encourage you to start something. What a better time than a new year to start that thing you've been wanting to do?! For me, it's this blog. I've wanted to start a blog for the past several years (and by several I mean 4 - yikes!) but for whatever reason, I haven't. I've come up with excuse after excuse for why I couldn't or shouldn't. Alas, this new year has me saying "forget you, excuses!" and saying "Hey Blog, let's see what happens..!" I have no idea what this year holds, but I am hopeful! I have no idea what this blog is going to shape up to be, though I do have ideas! If you're out there and you're reading this, thank you! I am glad we're on this journey together!

I also wanted to share this excerpt from my Joyce Meyer devotional; "The Confident Woman Devotional:, I thought it was so fitting for today and for this year: 

"As was true of the twelve disciples, you are full of capabilities, gifts, and talent. God's enablement of His grace and presence is with you. So what are you doing with your life? Are you like the eleven disciples who stayed in the boat, or are you like Peter, who even when Jesus was passing by said, "Lord, I want to walk on the water with You!" Do you have a vision for you life  and want to do something greater than what you're doing? Are you going to just sit in the boat and shake and quake and watch the rest of the world go by, or will you be one of those rare individuals who jumps out of the boat and refuses to live afraid? It's up to you what you're going to do with your life. Fear is always going to come against you. But listen to Jesus' words: "Take courage! I AM! Stop being afraid!" It's time to step out and do the thing you desire to do." 

Happy New Year! Here's to 2015 and the great things it holds!

Until next time - Holly