Don't You Love Fresh Starts?

There is something really beautiful about do overs and fresh starts, don't you think? Fresh starts are alot like rainbows on a stormy day.

rewrite your story, it's time for a fresh start!

It's a New Year. A time for a fresh start. Your slate is wiped clean. You can rewrite your story. Learn from your mistakes. Reinvent yourself. It's such a fun and blessed thing.

And I don't know about you, but it stresses the heck out of me every single year. Like crazy.

Every year at this time, for more years than I can count, I have made mental and literal lists of the things I'm going to change over the coming calendar year. It usually looks a lot like this:

I'm going to lose the final 20 pounds.
Drink more smoothies. Exercise more.
Use Facebook less. Write more.
Socialize more. Read more, TV less.
Learn to play the guitar.
Go on a great adventure.
Clean my messy basement.
Take more time for myself.
Create a bucket list. Cross an item off said bucket list.
Serve in my community more.
Pray more. Bible study more. Journal more.

Less of some stuff. And more of others. Either way, it's all just a bunch of things that stress me out! I mean, seriously, who can do all that? In one year? Let's get real!

Some years my list is so big, I shut down by the 2nd day of the New Year and do nothing for the next 363 days. My hubby can attest to that! Ever been there? Your list is so big that you just don't even know where to start? You go into mental overload?

And if you tell me that you don't have any resolutions this year. Get real. If you are female and have Y chromosomes raging through your body, you have a resolution list. Admit it.

Why do we do this to ourselves every year? Say we will eat better, exercise more, lose those last 5, 10, 15 or 20 pounds, it is NOT a list that's typically healthy. We beat ourselves up making the list. And then we beat ourselves up even more when we don't achieve it.

Last year, I wrote a post that went a bit viral because I was totally against making any resolutions, including doing that whole "One Word" movement. It annoyed alot of list makers.

This year I'm embracing the whole one word movement. Not to jump on a bandwagon, because I hate bandwagons. But I decided it will give me focus. In my writing. My daily devotions. My housework. My time with family and friends. And some upcoming speaking engagements.

What you are doing for the New Year? Have made any resolutions?. Are they already stressing you out? If so, throw them away! Pick a word, or a phrase, or a scripture verse, or something else that's small, but will provide freedom to stay focused on whatever path God has for you this year.

Do resolutions stress you out too? Do you ever accomplish them all? Will you choose a word, or scripture verse to see you through this New Year?

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30 comments:

  1. I have only 1 resolution that is to live until October 4th, because, year 8 of my latest life expectancy of 4-8 years ends on October 3rd. I really, really want to thumb my nose at the people who figure out those statistics.

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  2. It's amazing how many people I meet who tell me they have outlived the docs predictions. Man is so flawed Roger. I am seriously thinking that your resolution sounds like the best resolution I have ever heard of in my entire life. It's on my calendar. Woo hoo!

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  3. I'm a huge fan of the One Word approach (and I'm a list-maker as well). I usually make monthly lists about my one word. ha. But this year my one word is "Now" so I'll try to list less and stay in the moment more. :) I'll look forward to see what you've chosen!

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  4. I am a list maker too Lisa. I think I keep Post Its in business each year. :) Though this year, my word is allowing me to focus more on God, so I'm excited to see how this will play out. I like your word. Now is good...I am such a procrastinator, maybe that will be my word for next year. Blessings! xoxo

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  5. I've done the one word thing, Nicki, and I feel like it has been helpful, although I'll admit that I let my focus veer after a few months. But I've been mulling over what one word I would want to remember and be challenged by in 2015 whenever I've had a quiet moment over the holidays (which honestly hasn't been often) and I haven't quite settled on what it will be. I'm not even sure I want to make it into a blog post this year, but I can't wait to hear about yours. By the way, I know I don't visit your blog nearly as much as I'd like to, but I have you, my sweet girlfriend, on my daily prayer list. I do hope that you are feeling God's comfort and encouragement! I just know 2015 is going to be a stellar year for you! :)

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  6. Quiet moments over the holidays are precious Beth and shouldn't be wasted on finding words! :) I really feel that with everything God has brought us through last year, that one word is what I'll need to get through this year. Not the word, persay, but the reliance on Jesus to work through it. You are so sweet for praying, it warms my heart. I pray that this year is stellar, for both of us. God has you doing incredible things friend! Happy New Year!

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  7. Praying that many October 4s will come and go with you praising God, the Great Physician, for the amazing things He has done for you. Never give up and never give in, Roger! Blessings and healing hugs are sent your way...

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  8. I wasn't going to do a One Word this year, Lisa, thinking it too trite. But I asked God what He thought and He whispered the one word: FREEDOM. And that word has thrilled my heart as I think of ways God may set me and my Michael free in the next year. And I really like your idea of making a monthly list about your one word. You inspire me. I am not as organized as some I know (like my hubby who loves Evernote while I prefer a bunch of bright colored tiny post-its on my desk!! :)

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  9. Hi Nicki -- thanks for sharing. And I go back and forth between setting resolutions or not. I wasn't going to do or perhaps have a One Word this year but God had other plans when I asked and so my word is FREEDOM and I am very much looking forward to how that works out. Thanks! Visiting from UNITE.

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  10. Happy New Year, my friend. Looking forward to hearing your One Word.

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  11. wow, I don't usually read all the comments in a blog, but I was curious...and I pray along with Sheila, that when you thumb your nose, you'll be thumbing it for many October 4ths!

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  12. I have done the one word last year, and this year, a few years ago I did art journaling too at the beginning of the year, and school year. These have all been very helpful and God has really truly been very faithful in providing a word (or phrase, im a wordy person!) to focus on. And the art journaling was a stretch for me as I am by NO means an artist or even a crafty person!

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  13. Yeah I'm such a rebel. Last year I thought it was silly. Honestly. But this year, I just felt God wanted me to focus on one area of my life, and well, that made it really easy to choose a word. :) I don't normally do resolutions because I fail, but this one is fool proof, I can't really mess it up.

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  14. I tried keeping a prayer journey too Kortney. For the first year, I did a pretty good job, then I got lax and now I think it's been two years on the same journal and I haven't written anything since last New Years. I think we have to find what works for us and build on that. Sounds very challenging to do an art journal, I am not a crafty person either. But good for you connecting with the Lord in that way and learning something new about yourself in the process! :)

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  15. I love freedom....that is a great word and it gives you so much, well "freedom" to move within that word and see where the Lord takes it. Very cool. I hope you have a great year with that one Sheila! May God continue to bless you and keep you. :)

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  16. I know, Roger really has a cool story to share. He has been featured on Ken Davis' Lighten Up And Live and he and his wife are just a pure joy. It's a privilege to know them both. Keep Roger and his family in your prayers!

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  17. God laid a theme on my heart this year, "Called by Christ." It has already had a HUGE impact on me. No resolutions, just a reminder that I desperately need to hear.

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  18. We sound so much alike! The beginning of each new year has really started to stress me out. The broken resolutions completely depress me. This year I've decided to embrace the one word system. I knew I needed focus in an area, but resolutions are just so overwhelming for me. I end up making a crazy long list and beat myself up for not keeping any. I love your word for the year: freedom. You can already count it as successful since you have found freedom from resolutions :)!

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  19. Yes, New Year's Resolutions can be hard. It's Overwhelming to want to change EVERYTHING as of January 1. Every Year. Your list is a big one!! Way to find the One Word approach instead...way more doable.
    I have found I work best if I just set up Mini Goals or Challenges for myself. So I am tweaking as I go throughout the year. It gives me flexibility to challenge myself to create a new habit at any point during the year. I made one of my biggest changes last year (getting up early before the kiddos) starting early December. It was a random date, but it worked ;)
    Also, if I challenge myself to just do something new for a shorter time period (a month instead of a year) I can reevaluate if it's working and don't feel the pressure of doing the new thing for the full year.
    Blessings on your year!!

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  20. Oh I like the idea of creating small goals and obtainable ways to reach my One Word. That is awesome. Thanks for the idea Emily! xoxo

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  21. Ha, that's not my word Candace, that's another commenters word. :) But it is a good one. Maybe it should be your word this year, freedom from resolutions!!! Don't beat yourself up and instead just take it day by day. I hate how we are always comparing ourselves to others, not what the Lord intended for our daily walk. Find freedom in Him this year! :)

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  22. Oh that is a GOOD ONE. I love it. It is very similar to what God is leading me to focus on this year. Beautiful. Good luck to you Heather! :)

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  23. I'm so sorry Nicki! I got you two confused when reading through the comments :). I know you said you were waiting to share yours then I saw her sharing that throughout the comment section. I thought you just decided to go on and throw it out there :). I definitely hadn't had my coffee yet. Looking forward to hearing yours!

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  24. I don't do lists. But since you mentioned the Bucket List, I'll offer my take on it.

    Your bucket list should look like the life you're living now.

    This, from the perspective of a dude who the docs say should already be dead. Every day's both an ordeal and a gift, and the two are not mutually incompatible.

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/

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  25. Loved your honesty, Nicki! I have been doing the One Word for the last few years & truly found it to be a wonderful way to maintain my focus on one area where God wanted to work more deeply in my life. This year I chose "Believe" >> "Do not be afraid, just believe...." (Luke 8:50). May we both grow deeper in Him as we maintain our focus on Him! Blessings!

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  26. I love the One Word approach and have done that in the past. This year a friend and I are working together to reach our goals. It's been fun having a goals buddy.

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  27. It is awesome that you have an accountability partner Rose! My hubby and I did a weight loss program together last year and accountability is what made us stick with it. Good luck!

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  28. That is a GREAT word Joanne. It will be exciting to see how God uses that word to encourage and inspire others thru your journey! I love that there are so many wonderful ladies that come together to encourage one another in this too. Blessings to you sweet lady!

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  29. No worries, made me giggle! That is a great word too. There are so many on this comment section that I have to stay focused or I'll start using them all! :)

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  30. I gave up resolutions years ago. I try to work on on or two things at a time until I feel it's time to move on to something else. It gives me a regular fresh start and less of that desire to give up. Can't wait to see your One Word.

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