I love a new year. I love how it feels to have a sort of reset button for life. This year, my pastor encouraged us to find one word to use throughout the new year that would sum up an overall goal we have to change within our selves. My word this year is resolve. There are different meanings for this word, but the one I’m using is:
verb ri-ˈzälv, -ˈzȯlv also -ˈzäv or-ˈzȯv
: to make a definite and serious decision to do something
I’m resolving to make changes in my life for the better. I love this word because it implies that I’ve already made the decision ahead of time to make the right choice in recurring situations in my life, therefore I won’t even have the opportunity to choose the wrong thing! I’ve already made the decision, so it’s settled before it ever happens. I’m using this in a broad spectrum of areas, including barn-management situations, riding habits, healthy eating habits, sleep patterns, and even how I treat my friends and family. I think this approach encourages success for my new year, because I don’t just have a list of things to accomplish and once they’ve been accomplished I can simply cross them off my list and never look back. Using one word throughout the year will encourage me to continually work on all aspects of my life, as an ongoing project.
I’m excited to see what this new year will bring. I hope to meet new smiling faces at our barn, to accomplish milestones with my horse (dang those lead changes!), to break old habits and start new healthy ones, and to enjoy what God has in store for me and my family.