January 1, 2013

New Year

Happy New Year!!!

I know some people think making resolutions for the new year is a silly tradition.  I for one am always trying to improve myself, so I like to set goals and make plans on how I can be better.  I think some resolutions are cliche, and yet they are still on my long list, like eat better and work out more.  I hope to meal plan and try new recipes this year.  I would love to be more organized in my home and better at time management.

However, if I had to simplify down to just one resolution it would be:
I think too often I focus on what is going on for others and forget the wonderful blessings surrounding me in my life.  If I stop comparing, I think I will be more present in my life.  And I really want to refocus this year on JOY.

*Update since my original post.

Today I found blog where the writer inspires me.  In this new year I really want to read more from people that help me want to better myself.  Melanie over at Only a Breath is doing a link up for one word to really shape your new year.  And like I said above, I want JOY to be my focus.  Melanie generously created a button for me that I added to my sidebar.  Now whenever I look at my blog this year, I will see that word and remember I am focusing on the JOY in my life and try not to let anything steal that focus away from me.  I cannot wait to see how joyful this year will be.

Have you made any resolutions for the new year?    What is your word for 2013?


Anonymous said...

I think that is an excellent resolution! Happy New Year. :)

The Fischer Family said...

Hi Shelly! Happy New Year! I haven't commented in a while but I've still been reading. I love your resolution for this year! Perfect! I hope you and your family have a great year in 2013! I'm hoping to start blogging more regularly so stop by and say hi!

Jessica said...

I love the "don't let comparison steal your joy" I battle with this often. I think you have a great resolution.
Happy New Year!

Jenifer said...

Love your word, joy. I am announcing my word on Thursday, so excited!

Sweet Blessings~

Kel Rohlf said...

Shelly- I love how you have intentionally picked joy to be your focus...and you've already discovered the obstacle which can be comparison...thanks for that reminder...I need to be on the alert for those joy snatchers! My word for this year is DESIRE...I desire to see God in fresh ways and walk delighting in His ways this year. Here's to the new year!

Debbie Doglady said...

JOY is a great word and we sure all need more of that in our lives. My word is |Rejuvenate".
Happy New Year to you! :-)

Krystle said...

JOY was my one word last year!
Be ready for a wonderful year!!

Piper said...

Joy is my word for 2013 as well! I have been guilty of the comparison game as well. Last year my word was CONTENT and it really helped me avoid comparing myself to others. I haven't completely mastered it and I allow the enemy to try to rob me of my joy and contentment at times. But I have found that battling him with God's word is the best thing to do!
May God show you a greater joy than you have ever seen before!

Melissa Bo said...

Joy is a wonderful word for 2013!

There is Joy to be found everywhere. =) love your blog!

Jessica R. Patch said...

My word for this year is JOY as well! I'm so glad Melanie is letting everyone post their links. I'm loving visiting new blogs and meeting new people! :)
I plan to hang on to joy and let nothing steal it from me either. Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Joy is a great word to pick for 2013, and you're so right about comparing things.

LadyD Piano said...

Wishing you JOY this new year. I'm a new follower. So nice to meet you, Shelly!

Deanna Wiseburn said...

You have chosen a great word for your year. I know that God will bring great growth for you with that one!!!

Lisa said...

Coming over to visit from Melanie's blog. Nice to "meet" you! I think Joy is a wonderful word! I tell my children all the time that we need to be joyful and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
:-) Hope you had a great weekend. Many blessings, Lisa

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