Compliments of the new year!
If your unintended theme for 2021 was discouragement or disappointment, I am certain you would welcome any type of newness or a difference in the activities that life brings you. We are in the first month of a new year which gives us opportunities to do things from a fresh perspective and pace. In today’s blog post, I want to chat about new journeys.
We are given choices daily, a lot of times we do not use the choices given to us due to routine activities and cycles that have become our way of life. However, the free will to do as we please is provided to everyone. When we are overwhelmed or not pleased with the situations, we find ourselves in, it is often easier to go with the flow of wherever life takes us.
I have been meditating on three areas that I want to see change this year, these are finances, consistency, and relationships. I have reflected on some of the things that have not worked or served me well last year and in the previous years. I am at a point where I am ready to see and action small changes to produce greater results. It doesn’t matter how many mistakes I have made in the past; I am now aware of my blunders and ready to make a change. I believe doing things with a different mindset will eventually change my environment. For instance, with my finances, I had accepted “being broke” as a normal part of my life and believed that it is okay to go through certain months with some financial inconsistencies. Towards the end of last year, I realized that this is not the life that I want to live, it is certainly possible to do better, and I have a say in this. What is not acceptable is to go through life believing I have no power in all things that occur to me, this has easily led me to believe I am a victim to circumstances. Upon this realization, I had to be proactive on the action required for change. I started to educate myself through articles and YouTube videos on how to be more financially responsible and independent. I think I had always assumed that part of growing up would teach me how to handle my finances well, but it did not, this is not automatic but requires a willing person that wants to learn from experts. This year, my goal for finances is to apply what I have learned and to stretch my discipline muscle so that I am in a better position this time, next year- God willing.
What is your thing? Which areas do you feel are dead and need resurrection? What are some of the options that are available to you regarding those areas? Remember, a new journey will require new strategies so that you perform more efficiently. Change does not have to start with great strides, but it takes a small intentional effort to kick start completely new and healthy habits. Today, I want to remind you that you have some power in your situations. You can allow yourself to travel a new journey if you are intentional. I do not think this will be easy but will certainly be worth it in the end. I encourage you to join me as we intentionally revive those dead bones and allow the grace of God to breathe new life into them.
“Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” -Isaiah 43: 18-19.