January 1, 2013 in Creating Simple Living
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Happy New Year!
I think this is such an exciting time of year. The beginning of a new year is a great time to reflect on the past years successes, move beyond it’s failures, and look at the new year with hope and promise.
…and the school year is half over
- How have you changed in the past year? How have you grown?
- What are your goals for growth this year?
I can’t answer for you, but here are the thoughts running through my head. I am excited about 2013!
Last year was a exciting year for me.
- At this time last year I was just finishing up my first book, terrified with the whole process. Now, I have published 3 books that are now in the hands of close to 70,000 people.
- At this time last year the blog was really small and I had just started publishing regularly. Now, it has grown to a community and I have met so many of you amazing people. I have gone from scared of writing to really enjoying it (hopefully my spelling and grammar have gotten better as well)
- At this time last year we thought we had simplified as much as we could… but now we have even less material belongings.
- We have grown as a family, took a 6 week vacation together to the southeast coast, and started our third year of homeschooling.
All of these, the accomplishments I am most proud of now, have been things I have been terrified to try. I have definitely learned this year that fear is the #1 thing that keeps me from trying new things… not money or time, the excuses I have tried to use before.
- I want to live much clearer with my priorities being with God and my family. Often I find myself believing it, talking about it, and still having a hard time living it.
- I am committed to make this blog better. The more I see online the more I realize that content is everywhere. Instead of just throwing up as much content as I can, I am committing this year to make sure that I post and share quality. This probably means a bit less, but this is what minimalism is all about… the best, and not the clutter.
- I am going to do things that are challenging and scary when I get the chance and not take on tasks just because I know I can do them. It is with what we know we can do where the schedule gets full and growth is stunted.
- I am going to continue reaching out and getting to know like minded people both online and in person. I believe in the theory that you are the average of the 5 people you most hang out with and I want to be challenged and help challenge others looking for more intentional living.
These are the things I am reflecting on tonight. What about you?