An Open Letter to 2018 and Vision for 2019

An Open Letter to 2018 and Vision for 2019.

Dear 2018,

You were a year that I will forever file away in my heart as a “favorite” year. You were full of blessing both unexpected and hoped for. 

You are the year that we finally got our “YES” to move to Reno. The year we got to bring home our sweet Abby girl. The year we said yes to our home and got to move in. You were the first year that I have ever experienced living through different (weather) seasons. 

Over the summer, I got to spend what felt like most of our days off up at Lake Tahoe. Friends came to visit. New friends were made. I finally got to feel surrounded by family again.

You showered blessings on my business and the relationships I got to have (and continue to have and look forward to) with my clients. You were an incredible coaching year. You aligned my clients and I in the most magical ways. There were many days where I sat on my knees in my office, in awe, thanking God for the gifts He was bringing. You, 2018, literally humbled me to know God’s humungous power.

In your beautiful year I learned: to have joy, boundaries, and to focus on those closest to me. I stopped spreading myself thin and life felt more abundant. I traveled LESS and felt so much more at home; so much more at peace. You were a cozy year full of butterfly feelings. 

This letter to you can be nothing short of a love letter, because you’re a year I’ll never forget. A year that I would love to see continue. 

Looking Ahead

But I’m smarter than that. I’ve lived through enough to know that life isn’t always butterflies and blessings. Sometimes life feels like showers and courage and learning to be resilient through the toughest times. 

I know that there are many others out there who just went through their hardest year, like I did mine in 2016. 

I know that life is completely unexpected and I also know that life will teach us to let go of control when we’re unwilling to let it go ourselves. 

And so for 2019, though I happily welcome blessing and joy beyond measure I will position myself to prepare for whatever God’s will happens to be and I will practice gratitude as intentionally as I can. 

As Marie Kondo says, I will look for what sparks joy. I will greet my life as she (Marie) greets a home. I will thank my life for keeping me safe, bringing me good gifts and I will work with my life to feel as rooted as I possibly can.

[Side note: If you haven’t yet watched Tidying Up on Netflix… run, don’t walk. I’m addicted in the very best way! Marie is a LIGHT.]

The word we chose for your year, 2018, was ZEST. The word we’re choosing for 2019 is ROOTS.

Roots

My wish for 2019 is to soak up and relish in all that we have been given. To practice immense gratitude during a year that again, at this point, is full of days that I do not yet know what they hold. 

I have no idea what the future holds, but I do know that one day Marco and I would love to grow this little family of ours. Since we don’t see ourselves growing this little family in 2019, I hope that this is a year where we can appreciate just being the three of us (Marco, me, and Abby-pup).

In 2019, a year that is full of possibility, just as any other year… I will position myself spiritually to be grateful for my friends, for my home, for warmth, for laughter, for meals shared, for friends that feel like sisters and brothers. 

I will embrace the traveling we do and I will embrace the days at home. I will do my best to say YES to adventure and things that will help us to build memories (as grandpa always teaches us to do). 

I will hug my family tight and love on them as best I can, knowing that I am completely imperfect at this. 

Each day, I will experiment with gratitude and watch/notice as it shifts how I perceive life and growth. 

I did some searching online and found this list which shared the seven things that gratitude can do for us.

7 Things Gratitude Can Do For You:

  1. It gets our eyes off ourselves, and helps us to focus back on God.
  2. It reminds us we’re not in control, but that we serve a Mighty God who is. It keeps us in a place of humility and dependency on Him, as we recognize how much we need Him.
  3. It helps us to recognize we have so much to be thankful for, even all of the little things, which often we may forget to thank Him for…but they really are the biggest, most important things in this life. It takes our attention off of our problems and helps us instead to reflect on, to remember, the goodness of His many blessings.
  4. It reminds us that God is the Giver of all good gifts. We were never intended to be fully self-sufficient in this life. A grateful heart reminds us that ultimately God is our Provider, that all blessings and gifts are graciously given to us by His hand.
  5. A heart of gratitude leaves no room for complaining. For it is impossible to be truly thankful and filled with negativity and ungratefulness at the same time.
  6. It makes the enemy flee. The forces of darkness can’t stand to be around hearts that give thanks and honor to God. Our praise and thanksgiving will make them flee.
  7. It opens up the door for continued blessings. It invites His presence. Our spirits are refreshed and renewed in Him. God loves to give good gifts to His children. He delights in our thankfulness and pours out His Spirit and favor over those who give honor and gratitude to Him.

(Credit goes to Debbie McDaniel on CrossWalk.com)

I love these seven Spiritual points so much. These will be my focus for gratitude in 2019. I will print them off and keep them in front of me. 

I will also dive back into the book the The Gratitude Diaries, which I highly recommend. 

My Verse of the Year

“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Col. 2:7

My word for 2019 ROOTS. I love the above verse so much. It’s full of action, guidance, and is totally outcome related.

I would love to hear YOUR word of the year. 

I’ve tossed the idea around a lot to choose one word or three, which many of my friends are doing. This morning, as I wrote this post, I feel that “ROOTS” encompasses most how I want to feel. 

I want to savor life where it’s at today. I want to practice gratitude for what I have so that I don’t miss the goodness of life, right now. I want to focus on those closes to me and dive deeper into my relationship with God. All of these things only have one outcome for me: a feeling of creating deep, strong, lasting ROOTS. Roots that bring about strong faith and thankfulness/gladness. 

Words for You

If you’re looking for a word for 2019 here are some that my clients have been sharing with me…

  • Connection
  • Rhythm 
  • Joy
  • Faith
  • Trust
  • Flourish
  • Boundaries
  • Conscious
  • Roar
  • Prioritize
  • Rise
  • Hygge
  • Nourish
  • Ease
  • Less
  • Care
  • Fresh
  • Consistency
  • Effort
  • Thrive
  • Bright
  • Zest
  • Self-love
  • Nourish
  • Simplify 
  • Honesty
  • Compassion
  • Communication

If you’re willing, post your word for 2019 below in the comments — I would love to read/see it.

Thank you so much for being here today. I look forward to regular posting on the blog from here on out for this year — Tuesdays and Thursdays — and sharing with you through email (sign-up for my list by entering your name/email anywhere on the site).

Love, Paige
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