This post was supposed to go out last Thursday. Sorry for the delay. Life happens, right?
Way back in November, I started thinking about what I hoped to accomplish in 2024. Every year, I ask the Lord to give me a word for the year ahead. I make time to contemplate what goals I wish to chase after, and more importantly, to develop a vision for my life going forward. However, I cannot make these decisions alone. Nor can I base them merely on what I want to see happen.
February insists that we contemplate Love, Loving, and all the sickly-sweet feel-good thoughts that are supposed to go along with Valentine's Day. But what if you’re just not feeling it? What if people have let you down? What if you’re angry and unable to drum up a droplet of love inside your Grinch-sized tiny heart?
You know, I’ve been there a time or two…or three. Whatever.
However, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t matter. You can still love that prickly person. You can find forgiveness for those who’ve hurt you. Most of all, you can be free of the burden of resentment. Keep reading, and I’ll share with you what I’ve learned.
Hustle… Get it Done!… Busy, Busy, Busy!
These are stickers left in the booklets I often buy to decorate my planners with. Why would I leave them? Because I’ve learned something this past year that might just forever change my life.
The winter months can be a rough time for me. I’m a sunny-sunshiny kind of gal who needs bright days to keep her motivated and her heart happy. The winter months, with their cold temperatures, along with gloomy and shorter days, can be difficult for even the most happy-hearted of us.
Do you find yourself dragging through the winter months? If you get snow, I’m sure it’s beautiful at first, but as winter drags on, the snow turns gray and muddy, does your attitude do the same?
We don’t need to fall into this pit of doldrums.
Let me share a few things I’ve explored over this past year of learning to slow down.
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Whether you have the game board or not, there are still a lot of fun things you can do to liven up the winter months and keep away the gloomy blues. Want some inspiration? Keep reading.
I’m not going to lie, I feel like kicking the dust from 2023 off my feet.
It’s not that it was a terrible year. More of a stretching, pulling, molding, and loaded with big life changes kind of year. And it’s not that I hated 2023, but I’m ready to settle in and put into action all the life-changing lessons I learned. This is what I plan to share with you today in this blog.
Last year pulled me out of my comfort zone and into a different way of living. Honestly, I’m grateful for that. Because of this past year’s many transitions, I’m ready for a new chance to do things better. Much better.
Author & Artist Jackie Castle