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It’s Yours. What Are You Going To Do With It?

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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 🙂

  1. How have you changed in the past year?  How have you grown?
  2. 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.

For 2013?

  • 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?

2013 is yours.  What are you going to do with it?


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  1. vicki vicki

    just started your book and wrote down lesson 1- tried to get my husband to do it with me but he wasn’t into it right now- I am 61 and struggle with health issues- losing my sight due to an autoimmune disease and get treatments via if every 4 weeks- I can’t drive now- However– I have worked hard to lose 40 lbs- bring my cholesterol down and need to bring more positive energy in my life– this might be my first step!!

    • Good for you! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help 🙂

  2. Kerry Kerry

    I’m new to your site and have enjoyed reading your family’s story. I have taken advantage of your free kindle book and am really inspired for 2013! Thanks for sharing (openly and honestly) about your experiences, including your fears and challenges. My husband and I have definitely made some moves in the direction of simple living, and I look forward to learning from your journey. Thanks! 🙂

    • Kerry, Thanks so much for your comment! Great to meet you 🙂

  3. Elizabeth Kane Elizabeth Kane

    YES! “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.”

    This is what I’ve found to be true as well. It amazes me how strong fear can be. That’s why this year is all about leaping for me. Embracing what life has to offer, what I want, even when fear starts to take control. I know it won’t be easy, but I want to recognize that feeling and keep on moving, even when I’m afraid. Here’s to being courageous in 2013!

  4. Thank you for sharing your story with us! I’ve just recently got on the simple living train. I hope to be more consistent with all my goals. In 2012 I set a number of goals that I’ve begun – but have found consistency to be my biggest problem. It’s easy to fall back into old habits. Thanks again for sharing your inspirations story and journey. Definitely gives me ideas and motivation

  5. Thanks Lorilee for this post. I appreciate the start of the new year. I’ve learned a great deal from the last and wrote about it here:

    On New Year’s Day, actually, my family and I purged a great deal from our patio and our closets. It was a wonderful release. We donated all our items to the new thrift store our church has acquired. All the proceeds will go to children in need on the mission field. What a blessing!

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