Thursday, January 5, 2012

A New Year: Resolutions or Inspiration?

New Year's always brings on resolutions. Which is a good thing. Yet, maybe limiting.  When I think of what I will do this year, I tend to measure myself based on my success from the previous year. Do I subconsciously feel I have to out-do last year's resolution? Or let's face it, did I even complete last year's resolution?

So instead of making resolutions, I allow a new year to stir up inspiration...

It inspires a sense of cleaning out:

It inspires fresh starts and always bettering...
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It inspires organization:

Our storage area where the majority of the toys are stored

so that we can have peace and organization in these areas...

We pull toys out of storage as requested or trade out and only keep a manageable amount in the bedrooms and main areas. This really does keep clean-up more manageable and toys more exciting and interesting that haven't been seen in a while.

Things still absolutely get out of hand and we forget about toys we brought out and soon we have an enormous mess, but this gives us a system to always fall back on.

It inspires trying new things:

It inspires setting goals:
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Just to get back in the game

Sometimes a goal is as simple as showing up. And, although I wish I had a concrete goal for writing, the only concrete thing I have is a writers group once a month, which I plan to show up to and for now, that is enough.

So, although I have some clear sights ahead, more importantly for this new year is a sense of spiritually cleaning out, de-cluttering, and making room for something mysteriously new. It's the anticipation of the unknown. 

What boils within at this time of every year simply cannot be limited to a New Year's resolution because, for me, it's really all about making room for the immeasurable joys God has in store for me over this next year.

Sharing with Katherine's Corner and Grace Cafe


  1. I have never been one to make resolutions, because they are always easily broken. Several blogger have written about being purposeful - I think I like that idea better.

    And no matter how much we plan, surprises come, but they are often the things that God uses to bring us the most joy.

    Many blessings and Happy New Year.

  2. Hi Theresa, I also do not make New Year's resolutions because I would probably blow it before the first day was over LOL. Instead I just say to myself that I will try to be better, more caring, more helpful to others. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and Happy New Year. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  3. Oh, I love your idea of "new year's inspiration." This year I've decided to approach the year ahead with "expectancy" versus expectation.. I think that leave room for God to be God in His own marvelous and unexpected ways.

    Happy New Year. Wish I were in your writing group :)

  4. Theresa, I so enjoyed your post today. I was feeling so overwhelmed today with too much informaton I have been getting last week & this week on goals, resolutions, etc. Now, they have all been feeding my spirit. But then when trying to put mine into motion this week. It was just too much! I love what you say about inspiration. I need inspirtion 24/7! I just want to live the Word once & for all! And would like to obtain some discipline along the way! Thankyou. I am very new to your blog. Love the music!

  5. Hi Theresa,

    Visiting from Grace how organized you are and what you are teaching your kids...inspiration is my approach this year, which is what I wrote about as my word for 2012 is to be "OPEN" to what God has for me, like Mary...Blessings to you and yours in the new year!

  6. I was inspired by your inspiring post. A great way to start the new year. Thank you for joining us at the Thursday Favorites Hop and for sharing the hop with your readers too. Wishing you a happy weekend! xo P.S. Have you entered the Pink Poodle giveaway yet?

  7. I love this idea of trading out toys. (I've tried it but have been ridiculously undisciplined at it.) I love, too, all your clean, open spaces. Ahhhhhhhhh. (I don't have ANY of those.) I've always heard one can't organize clutter: that clutter has to be eliminated. I'm going to try to get rid of some things, this year. Also, I'm going to try to spend more time outside and read more scripture.


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