You did it! You made it through the first week of the new year.
How was it?! Was it exciting, a fresh start, full, overwhelming, no different then the last week of December, what changes did you make?
I always love seeing if people actually can feel the shift from one year to the next. It is like endless opportunities are just buzzing in the air. In one minute, from 11:59pm on December 31st to 12:00am on January 1st, everything becomes possible again. Why is that?
As I took the last 5 weeks off social media I had a lot of time to think. I thought about the overview of my life & things in between, I sat with myself and with others, sometimes hours on end and just chose to be present in the moment. And it was honestly the best decision I could of made to close out the year.
I am not a huge "new years resolution" fan, as you can read here.
But what I am a fan of is taking some time to close out the previous year and prepare myself with vision for the next. I love to evaluate themes, successes, and disappointments by seeing how they actually changed who I am. From there, I write out areas I want to see continued change, goals, prayers, and victories.
It's a whole process and yes it is time consuming but here's the thing, it is better to form a new lifestyle rather than short-lived, extreme resolutions. I talk all about it in that post linked above.
But ANYWAYS, back to 2018.
So, just like that the year is over. I always wonder how it went so fast yet every year I long for things to come sooner. It is this continuous tension of being excited about these moments to come but when they pass wishing we could re-live them again.
2017 was absolutely an amazing year for me, not because I achieved these crazy dreams or accomplished multiple goals but it was because of one simple thing.
Yes y'all. This simple thing of actually being mentally present where you physically are is what changed the course of my 2017. And what is truly awesome is that the shift really happened around the final quarter of the year. The last four months of 2017 were so significant that they shaped the entire year for me and it was all because I chose to be fully present.
There is something about being a planner, a doer, and a dreamer that can get my mind a month, a year, or a decade ahead of me while my body is over here just trying to do daily life. And that was majority of last year. I fought being where I was because I didn't fully believe I was where I needed to be. For some reason my mind believed I was supposed to be further along then I was, so that's where I always went. I didn't realize it but I complained a lot, always asking God why am I not there yet. Thinking if I worked a little bit harder I would get there faster not knowing the answer lied in me doing less and being more.
It seems so simple, to be present. We talk about it all the time, but how many of us are always living in the excitement of the next thing rather than just enjoying what's in front of us. Or always saying, "let's get coffee," but never having time do it. Oh but wait, this one's my favorite... we can't put our phone down at a party because we need to add "all the moments" to our instagram story.
I am guilty of it all.
But as I have come to this place of fully leaning into the present all that I was looking for was right in front of me.
So after all that build up, here's my charge to you in 2018...
With all the resolutions, preparing, vision casting, and goal setting I simply say do what's in front of you. Allow yourself to be fully set in the present, in each moment, and taking in at that God has for you, now. If you were supposed to be somewhere else, you'd be there. If you were supposed to have more, you'd have more. Until that comes, challenge yourself to find joy for what's in your hands and for the people right in front of you. This my friends will make all the things, worth while.