Happy New Year! I cannot believe it is 2014. Where does the time go? This year will be an exciting new year for us full of change, growth, and new opportunities. I look forward to sharing with you as we learn more about next steps for our family journey! As for now, as the new year is here, many people focus a lot of attention on New Years resolutions. What will you change? What commitments will you make? What goals do you have for yourself? What items on your bucket list will you cross off? The questions related to forward thinking and planning goes on. As for me, and my encouragement to you, take a moment to reflect on the past year. How much have you grown? Celebrate the new you, and parts of the old you that has been shed off. How much has your partner and friends grown? Recognize and congratulate them. So often we keep looking at the end goal and setting idealistic goals for ourselves and others that we miss the growth that has taken place already. I know I do. When I look back on myself, Daniel, our marriage, our adaptation to our new life with a child, I have to remind myself to say to myself and us, “Yay! We did it!” We are not where we were January 1, 2013. Not only are we older, but wiser and stronger. We made it through a year as new parents, successfully cared for an infant who is now a toddler, made new friendships, grew in our marriage, visited new places, grew in our faith, served others more, etc. Of course there’s still much more growing to do, but that’s for tomorrow to reflect on. 😉
What’s on your list of completed growth this past year?