I am normally SO excited for Christmas and New Years. This year was the first year of my entire life that I didn’t have a Christmas tree or other decorations up in my home. I just wasn’t feeling it. For New Years, I usually put a lot of time into planning my resolutions or goals and figuring out exactly how I’m going to go about them before the new year starts. This New Year, all I have done is decide on a word for the year and a few ways I’m going to work toward applying the word to my life. I haven’t actually worked on figuring out my new budget, for instance. And the new year is officially here.
I have been dealing with A LOT of pain the last few weeks- thanks hypothyroidism! Like, I can barely walk at times because my legs hurt so bad. It’s definitely a downer, but it’s also been weighing on my mind a lot that others have it so much worse than I do. I’m thankful for the perspective and the knowledge that God is always with me and I can handle all things with Him by my side.
I am always excited for new months and new years. They feel like a chance to start over, a time for a fresh new take on things. I don’t know why I don’t stop to think of new days and new weeks in the same way. Really, it could go so far as to look at each new hour in the same way.
In just a week, we’ll welcome a new month AND a new year. As I mentioned in my previous post, my focus for 2017 is “prepare”. I have been putting off one big step of preparation- making a budget. I have been waiting to see about a possible pay increase from my job, but with no word on the outcome yet and only a week left to get the budget squared away, I have come to the realization that I need to go ahead and get the budget set at my current rate of pay. I can adjust it later if needed. It’s always a good idea to re-evaluate your budget on a regular basis anyway, to determine what is and isn’t currently working for you.
One of the most important reasons I need to set a budget- and hopefully make myself stick to it- is so I can put together a down payment for a house as well as pay down debt so I can be eligible for a good home loan. Yesterday, someone that I thought supported my dreams told me “you’re never going to get a house”. I outwardly smiled my way through the rest of the day, but inside my day was ruined. I eventually realized that it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks- my dreams are my own, and I don’t need anyone else to dream them with me. Even more important, no human’s beliefs have an impact on my future. Only God has an impact on my future, and I believe that this particular dream was placed on my heart by Him. So today, I shake off the doubters, lean on God, and do my best to prepare for my future.
The last few years, I have happened upon posts or articles on line about picking a word to focus on for the year. I always forget about it until the new year is under way, and I never want to start it after part of the year has gone by. This year, I am ahead of the game.
There are so many things that I hope for in the future. I want to get a house. I want to be healthier. I want to get my finances in order. I want to live a simpler and less cluttered life. These are all things I’ve wanted for awhile, and they never seem to happen. I’ve had the desire for these things, but I’ve never held on to the motivation to work toward them.
I’ve come to the realization that I will never have these things if I don’t make an effort and prepare for them. So in 2017, I am going to do just that. My main focus for the year will be preparing for my future.
It’s almost a new year, and with a new year comes a clean slate. I decided it was time for a clean slate here on my blog, as well. I have deleted all my old posts and am starting fresh. I am looking forward to spending a little more time blogging in the coming months!