Sydney Paige McCutcheon
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The New Year has Come

Sydney Paige McCutcheon

Sydney Paige McCutcheon

The New Year has Come

After all the gifts have been opened, the wrapping paper saved and trashed, the food eaten, table cleared, the decorations enjoyed and eventually pulled down, there is a niceness to being at home and taking in the New Year days.

For some, this is a time to make resolutions, for others, it is to forget the ones missed. Babies are born, engagements made, goals achieved, dreams anew, and an entire, fresh year ahead of us.

We made it! We got through 2012! We came through. Everything that happened back then has passed, we can let it all go like a weight on our chest. Ah, sigh with relief as is falls off. Thank the Lord, we have made it!

Now, sometimes people miss the fact that this is a whole new year ahead of us! Brand new! What happened last year that may not have been so good doesn’t have to happen this year! There is a clean slate! Don’t think of this coming year as the same routine as before, and don’t let it go on as the same routine as before. Do those things you have been waiting to do for years! Pick a Saturday of the month where you go skiing, join a cooking class, volunteer at an organization that makes a difference you want to be a part of.

Spend more times with your kids. Don’t let their friend’s parents know more about them than you do. Take them out to dinner individually like a fun mother/daughter, mother/son, father/daughter, father/son, night out where you actually talk. It means more to them than you think, and it does impact their lives forever the time you spend with your kids. Spend more time with your spouse, go try new things like tennis (my favorite!), or a cooking class to, or even camping – or just a very nice dinner for those who like indoors with no bugs, haha.

Make this New Year a year where you do what is on your heart to do and don’t be afraid to do it. Don’t back out either, make up in your mind that no matter what, you are going to do it, and as they say in tennis, ‘follow through’.

It is great to start now because it is still January, only the second week and you don’t have to feel like it is too late. You can even make a list of things you want to do this year, not just a resolutions, because I think people write those down and the pressure causes some to not even attempt when they mess up sometimes. Just start small, because like a seed in the ground, it will eventually grow.

And you don’t have to tell everyone what you are doing. Sometimes people like to give their opinions, though they think it is being helpful, and they may make you think you should change your mind. Plus, it’s nice not to have others constantly asking your progress. You are an adult, you can keep track of your own progress, and even if it doesn’t start off perfectly, it’s okay – keep going!

Make this a year to go after your dreams, no matter where you are in life. Find the time out of the routine, make a calendar even and write it all down. Don’t let this year pass by without it being greater than the last.

I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and New Year’s Day full of family, friends and love. I got all the presents in time, ate yummy ham all week and chocolate! Our church moved into its new building on Christmas Sunday and that was very exciting to have happen! Woo-hoo!

Everyone enjoy the rest of January, as well as this year! (and of course years to come too! ) Change things up in your routine! Get excited again as you start to plan more fun and unique things to do!

 

Make this year count!

God Bless,

Sydney