Welcome to 2016 (Sweet ’16)! May it is filled with peace, restoration, fulfillment, amazing people, positive increase, laughter and great transformation! I hope we have shaken off doubt, fear, insecurity, other people’s definitions, other people’s expectations, discouragement, disappointment and all things unhealthy and negative. My prayer for us is that we dare to really live- not just because we are in a new year, but simply because it is time!
This is my first Blog of the New Year and I plan on being more consistent. This is not a new resolution. I have just rediscovered the purpose and passion for it. With the exception of my commitment and responsibility to Beauty Come Forth Magazine, I’ve written sporadically (publicly) throughout the last year. As I encountered life, I found myself in unfamiliar territory and uncharted waters. It was challenging to do a lot of public writing as I navigated through it all. Finding a clear pathway in the midst of storms and transition took a lot of energy, especially when I was Wendy led.
Writing is about truth to me and I might have been a little uneasy at sharing my truths. Perhaps I was in a place where I was trying to figure out my truths. You see I am forever learning, growing, adjusting… And trust me I have learned, grown, adjusted… a lot over the last couple of years. While the foundation of my faith and belief system has not changed, the way I view the world (or at least parts of it) has. But isn’t that true for us all? Very few of us view life the same way we did as a kid (or even 5 years ago). As we grow, as we encounter life, we adjust.
Anyway, whatever I have been through- the good, the difficult… whatever I’ve endured- the gains, the losses- everything has brought me here- to this place in my life- a good place- an amazing place… a place where I am whole, strengthened, stablished, and settled… a place where I have reached a new appreciation and need for God’s love, His mercy and His grace… a place where there is only room for authentic friendships that sharpen, prioritize and celebrate me and I them… a place where I understand that I have the ability and the responsibility to make a difference- an impact… a place where I am truly ready to live out and celebrate the fullness of who I am. I pray the lessons I’ve learned (and those I will learn along the way), as well as the words I write and share with you during this year and beyond, will reflect that as well as encourage and challenge you on your journey.
So, are we ready? You bet we are! Sweeeeeeet! Let’s go make an impact!