5 tips for entering a new year purposefully

It’s 2020! I can’t believe we’ve stepped into a new decade. And I can feel it.

The new year brings changes around here. As you may have noticed, the format of the blog has altered. I wanted to organize my posts into categories to make it easier for you, my readers. And I love how it turned out.

I’m hoping to get my book done and possibly send it off to some publishers! It’s in God’s hands but I’m excited. I can’t wait for you to read it! Updates about writing + bookish stuff are sent out in my newsletter. You can sign up for it under MY BOOK.

The content will change slightly with the addition of a few things. Here’s a glimpse into what you can expect from me, taken from my ABOUT ME. I write about: Inspiration, justice for the speechless, reviews (film + books), life and add spoonfuls of joy to it all. I will also, hopefully, be maintaining a posting schedule. With 2-3 (or more) posts a month. 🙂

Now that we’ve got all the blog stuff out of the way, let’s move on to entering a new decade.

1. Look Back

Wait… what? We’re stepping forward? Out with old, in with the new… right? Absolutely! But let’s not rush into things here. We can move on but let’s not shrug off 2019. Yet. Take a minute to think about your highlights (you’ve got to have at least one) of 2019. Even if it was a messy year, what’s one thing that gave you joy? Then think about something that you hated about 2019. What went wrong?

Decide if there’s any way you can make 2020 a gazillion times better than 2019. Is there a activity you need to withdraw from? Evaluate and if you have a journal write it down.

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…”

Prince Caspian, C.S. Lewis

2. Manage Time

This is at the top of my resolutions list. Manage, manage, manage. It’s so easy to pick up an electronic and get glued to it for hours. My goal for this year is to use my time more wisely. Decide what’s working and what’s not in my daily routine. What things I need to give up to make room for even better things. Using our time more wisely is a pathway for living with a purpose.

All we have to do is decide what to do with the time given us.

The Fellowship of the Ring, J. R. R. Tolkien

3. Breathe

Don’t stretch yourself. Take a break and do something relaxing. Work and school are mandatory, but don’t overwork. Hold the people you love close to you. Engage in a fun hobby. Be an example that you can have a life outside of work and school.

For all of the things you are pouring your heart into right now, may you know there is grace to breathe deep and slow down, & celebrate how far you have come even if you still have a long way to go.

Morgan Harper Nichols

4. Recognize that not everything is going to work out

Entering a new year with great expectations and a perfect plan of how things will go, paves the way for disappointment. Yes, things do work out. But not. all. the. time. I’m not trying to be a debbie downer, I just don’t want your hope to get crushed. Or worse, blown out. Life isn’t perfect. People aren’t perfect. This year isn’t going to be perfect. There will be bumps and pot holes, but that doesn’t mean you need to stay on the ground. Pick yourself up, learn from mistakes and drive on. The scars and scratches we get are proof that we persevered. That we pushed through when things were falling apart. Hold tightly to the hope have in Christ and carry on.

She will carry on with hope and deeply rooted faith that even in these unknowns, she is growing while she waits.

Meghan Harper Nichols

5. Remember that God never changes

Though society may alter and the culture may shift, God remains the same. Isn’t that a relief? Cling to this truth as you face the battles and adventures life throws at you. Know that you have a God who always loves you. His grace will continue to abound. His forgiveness never ceases. He’s there in good times and in bad. In your darkest hour, seek His light. He will be with you. Always. And with him by your side, you can have joy. Pure joy. That whatever 2020 brings, you have a rock to hold on to.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Hebrews 13:8

I hope these tips help you as you enter into a new year. Whatever your hopes and dreams are, remember there’s a God who’s on your side. ❤

There are far, far better things ahead than we’ve ever left behind.

C.S. Lewis

5 thoughts on “5 tips for entering a new year purposefully

  1. I really liked this post when you spoke about scars and scratches to show our persevering . I’ve always thought of my losses as scars that have healed but will remain as part of what God put into my life for His reasons. I also like the part about far better things are ahead by CS Lewis. Your blogs are always thought-provoking.

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  2. “What things I need to give up to make room for even better things.” I am considering what this would involve for me. As the saying goes, “The good is sometimes the enemy of the best.” Thanks for your good thoughts on entering the new year, Abbi! Grampy

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