My word for 2014 is:
I just knew that life in California would be exactly what we had been waiting for. And for the first months I absolutely loved it. I finally felt at home again after three long years. But then I started getting homesick for North Carolina and our home. I thought about how nice it would be to live in our own house again. I dreamed of all of the space and the big backyard. At that point I knew a move to North Carolina was quite a ways off so I started focusing on just moving to a different house here in SoCal. While I do like our townhouse, I longed for a single level home with a backyard. I checked Craigslist and real estate sites daily- looking for the perfect little house that fit within our budget.
And then a few weeks ago Jesse and I were talking about the impracticality of moving right now. I'm 9 months pregnant, he's still learning to walk, and we will have a newborn in just a few weeks. Not to mention the cost of moving! The more we talked about it, the more we realized the perks of staying just where we are for as long as possible.
That's when I realized how terrible I have been about focusing so much on the "untils" instead of on how great life is right now. Now don't get me wrong. I haven't been walking around feeling depressed or anything like that. I am fully aware of how blessed we truly are. But I have said "I can't wait until...." more times that I can count.
So that's what led me to choose the word bloom. I am making it my mission this year to embrace my life exactly where I am right now. To flourish and grow in this season, in this place and to allow God to use me as I am, where I am.
To go along with my word, I'm focusing on this Bible verse:
So what does it mean to me to "bloom?" I'm sure the definition will change over the course of the year but for now here are a few things that come to mind:
-to be content in our current season of life
-to count my blessings intend of my "have-nots"
-to relish in every moment, big and small
-to find my God given gifts and use them for His glory
-to become more invested in relationships/friendships and take time to nurture them
-to put God first in all that I do and grow in my relationship with Him
-to be the best wife and mother that I can be
-to become more involved in our church and find ways to serve
-to get out and and explore and take in all that our city has to offer
I'll try to update throughout the year as I work on honoring my word. I am so excited about 2014. We have so many wonderful things to look forward to and so many blessings to celebrate! And just in case you were wondering, I won't be abandoning goal setting completely. I'm much too list-oriented to do that. I plan on sharing short term goals at the beginning of each month. I'm hoping that this new approach will help me accomplish great things this year!!
Are you choosing a word for 2014?