It's that wonderful time of the year, when you pause to take a look back, and dream about the future. I would like to take a few minutes to reflect on the blessings I was given in 2007, and share my vision for 2008.
A few of my blessing in 2007:
- My supportive husband, and number one fan
- A new dependable car
- Purchasing our first home in August
- Great inner growth and healing
- Discovering my artistic voice
- Turning 25!
- Wonderful friends (both online and face-to-face)
- My health
- A renewal of creativity
- Affirmation of hard work
I don't really enjoy making resolutions. Mostly, because usually they involve WORK, doing something I don't particularly enjoy--otherwise, I'd already be doing IT, right? Last year I resolved to working out regularly, and eating healthy, and keeping the house clean and organized. Ha. Ya, right. I did OK on the organized thing, for some of the year. But on the working out and eating well, I failed like most Americans.
But I stumbled across this post by Christine Kane that made me realize what I had been doing wrong all this time. She poses the idea instead of making DO lists for the year, rather, focus on BEING a certain way, and actions will naturally come of that. She suggests you pick one word for the year, and focus on that as your goal/motivator/resolution for the year. What a wonderful idea!
You mean I have to pick just ONE?
So, the question is, what word is right for 2008? Two came to mind immediately, HOME and HEALTH. But they seemed too different. Next, I thought about CREATE, which would encompass both home and health, but it wasn't perfect. Much like my old resolutions, it was more of a command (ie work) rather than an inspiration. Yes, I wanted to be creative, yes I wanted to "create" a beautiful home, and yes I wanted to "create" a healthy lifestyle...but "create" wasn't going to get my butt off the couch at the end of the day.
So back to the drawing board. The question is, what do I really want? I want to be in shape. I want to have a peaceful, organized, well-decorated home. I want to be successful in my art. I want my outfits to look put together and my appearance to be professional. I want my car to be shiney and clean, inside and out. I want my plants not to die (I should water them).
Finally, I realized what I want. I want to be surrounded by BEAUTY. I want a beautiful home, a beautiful Megan (inside and out), beautiful artwork, beautiful relationship, beautiful plants, a beautiful kitchen, and a beautiful work space. So this year, 2008, I will try to fill the world with as much beauty as I can, and reflect God's beauty to the world.