Happy New Year! So Glad to Be Back Home

Z and all of her duck lip(ness). :-)

Within the last 2 weeks, my family has traveled up and down the east coast. We went from enjoying a nice mild(er) Christmas in SC to cozy(ing) it up during a very cold New Years in NJ (and thankfully missing a brutal snow storm upon returning back home to NC). It is always nice to go on an extended vacay to visit family and to get away from the responsibilities and realities back home, but it is just as nice to return to familiar territory, personal space, and high speed internet. :-) 

So my Happy New Year posting is a few days late, but better than later is what they say, right? I hope everyone rang in the New Year on a very positive and motivating note. As a custom, millions of individuals put careful and profound thought into new year resolutions and vision boards in which more often than not, go broken or fade off into lost sight, respectively. For 2014, I am approaching things a little differently.

I have decided not to focus on setting concrete/tangible resolutions such as losing 20 pounds this year or going completely organic and etc. Instead, my focus this year will be more internal.

In order to externally be the best Kristal I am destined to be in this lifetime, I must learn to love myself from within as God loves me. God sees past my flaws and shortfalls with tender love, and He has the desire for me to do the same as well. In dwelling in this level of love continuously, all other external goals/resolutions/plans will come through as a result of having a better mindset of who I am and Who my Provider of all things through love, grace, and mercy is. 

As stated these two recent posts (post 1, post 2), I am striving this year to leave the baggage of my past behind just as Christ has done for me on the cross. I am tired of being held back by my what ifs, what could have beens, and what should have beens. My thoughts can be so debilitating and paralyzing and that way of thinking is simply not of God but of the devil. This year, I am going to love myself more so I can appreciate how short and precious life is; in all life's many lessons, knowing that each lesson is not designed for me to dwell on a dead past but to grow toward a better future.

So these year, I will direct my focus around themes to think AND live by each and every day:
  • Theme in 3 words: Honesty, Love, Peace
  • Theme scriptures:
    • Psalm 139
    • For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11 KJV)
    • Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8 KJV) 
  • Theme song: Video by India Arie
With no concrete resolutions, I do not have to stress about falling off the wagon by February. Instead I can just focus striving to move forward even when my plans and goals do not pan out the way I envision. As long as Christ is my centerpiece, I cannot do anything other than to move forward according the God's will. 

Did you set any resolutions this year? If not, why?
What is the source of your motivation to make 2014 the best year yet?

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