Let's face it January sucks! The holidays are over, the cold has set in, there just seems to be nothing to look forward to except a long stretch of winter. This is the month I usually struggle the most. It's been brutal in the past. Long days of very little energy and depression so oppressive that it's all I can do to get out of bed.
But for some reason a switch has flipped inside me this year. I have hope and lots of it.
There is a grittiness I feel inside...a resolve. I have goals and projects to work on and I feel strangely happy:)
My theme words in the past have been "be" and "bloom". I went through a phase of trying so hard to be something that I was losing who I was entirely. Then this past Fall I felt God telling me there was a bloom a comin'. And I believe with all that's in me that I have bloomed. I had so much I wanted to achieve and birth forth and those things are coming to pass. Which is incredible.
When I think of what I want with this new year it is without hesitation...to thrive. I want to be healthy and at my best. I'll admit I'm a goal setter. Every year I make lists and vow to do this or that. They seem silly to most, but for me a goal is THE only way I achieve anything. If I'm not focused it does not happen.
I have goals to get more organized, take better care of myself, balance my time better, get on a routine, learn my camera...gain a little control. The only way to achieve any of those things is to stay focused and work at making new habits. These cold dark days are a perfect time to regroup...to put one foot in front of the other and see those lists become a reality.
So my question is...what do you want your word to be? What hope can spring forth in this often difficult month??