Friday, December 30, 2011

What's the Word, Hummingbird?

Alright folks, it's that time of year again...the end of one and the beginning of another!  That means time for resolutions, right?  Eh...not for me.  Last year, I did my first "word of the year" and I like this approach better.  Before I share the 2012 word, let's take a look back at 2011, shall we?  My 2011 word was "renew".  I set out to renew with 3 goals in mind:

- I will renew and strengthen my relationship with God through the Bible in 90 Days Challenge.  ( I alllllmost completed the Bible in 90 Days Challenge (I stopped at Revelation...pathetic, I know!!).  But I did find the Good Morning Girls study of 1 John this Fall to be AWESOME.  I also did Beth Moore's Breaking Free this summer, and that study is outstanding.  Goal #1?  Accomplished.)

- I will renew my physical health by eating something other than the 4 holiday food groups of fudge, candy, cookies, and coffee. (I really kicked this goal off in June, and then hit it outta the park this Fall.  So far, I'm down 25 pounds and I feel better than ever!  Goal #2?  Accomplished.)

- I will renew my home by tackling the disastrous mess that is currently my craft room.  I want a place where I can do my crafty stuff without having to mess up other rooms in the house. (DONE!  It feels so good to have this room completed.  Check it out!  Goal #3?  Accomplished.)

Not bad, huh?  So - what's in store for 2012?  This year's word is:
This was the very first word that popped into my head when I started thinking about the 2012 word. I recently read the book "Working It Out" by former Biggest Loser contestant Abby Rike.  She lost her husband and 2 small children in a car accident a few years ago.  There is a quote in her book that has really stuck in my mind.  In reference to her experience with grief and loss, she says "I'd been better the first year than the second.  The second year was when I really started thinking, This is your life.  Is this it?  This is not enough.  This is not cutting it.  I can't live like this.  I didn't ever give up; I kept trying, but the longer time went on the more I realized that was just surviving - not living."

Boy is she right.  I heard it from a lot of people - "the 2nd year is harder" - and in some ways it was, but not in the ways I expected.  Abby hit the nail on the head with that quote.  That's what makes it harder - the reality of life continuing on really set in during the 2nd year.

But, I've also found myself feeling stronger.  Spiritually, physically, mentally - I am getting stronger.
Here are the STRONGER goals for 2012:

-Spiritually Stronger Goal:  Get back into Youth Ministry.  I haven't done youth ministry since the Fall of 2009.  Isaac and I met as youth leaders, and since he died I just haven't been able to jump back into that ministry.  But, I made a church change this fall and I'm excited to get back to youth ministry!
-Physically Stronger Goal:  Keep hitting the gym.  In 3.5 months of regular strength training, I am already so much stronger and it gives me the incentive to keep at it!
-Mentally Stronger Goal:  Get more sleep.  I think this is a goal a lot of us have, right?  I am a 9 hour a night girl when given the time, but during school I consistently get 6-7...and I feel it.  So the goal now?  7-8 hours.  

"I know my heart will never be the same,
But I'm telling myself I'll be okay.
Even on my weakest days,
I get a little bit stronger."
{Sara Evans}

Need more strong?  Check out my 2012 = Stronger Board on Pinterest!


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