New Year, New Opportunities

Every year so many of us get caught up in the excitement of making new years resolutions. I think I’ve already been on twitter a few times and have seen my pals do one of two things:

  • make resolutions
  • make it known that they won’t actually be changing in the new year

I find the concept of new years resolutions to be exciting, and while I’m not naive enough to assume that all who make resolutions will keep them and follow them and really make a change, I do believe that there is something beautiful about the new.

I’ve gotta say it straightforward: I believe that people need the new. People need to feel like there’s hope for them, like they can change, like there is a possibility that if they try to be different then maybe things will change for them. I don’t think that anyone really becomes an entirely different person as a result of a new year. Honestly, when someone says something like “new year, new me,” the pessimist in me has no choice but to roll my eyes because I just don’t think that’s how it works.

But ya know what? I love it when they do because it means they’re hopeful, they believe in themselves—and that’s the kind of world I wanna live in.

As many of you know, 2018 was a pretty eventful year for me. In a sentence, it was the year in which I finally learned what it means to love yourself, love others, and how be loved by God. It was a year of self discovery.

I have high hopes that 2019 will be a year in continuation of those things.

Despite my feelings about the new year and the various feelings of my friends and family, I know that God will continue to move and make Himself known. Oh how He loves to show up for us. He will show up this year, I can just feel it.

As I dive into this new year, there are many things that I am uncertain of, that I’m afraid of, that I’m anxiously waiting for God to reveal to me.

I know despite my anxiety, there is hope that runs like a river, and an eagerness to see what new thing God will do.

Friend, I don’t know how you feel about resolutions, changed people, or the new year, but urge you to remember what follows:

Even if you aren’t into making resolutions, resolve to

  • know God on a deeper level
  • be hopeful that God is there
  • be expectant
  • take God out of a box
  • love like Jesus

And even if you believe that people can’t change, remember this:

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”

2 Corinthians 5:17-19

With a new year, we find new opportunities. Stay expectant. Stay hopeful.

hi!! how do you like the new set up? is everything working smoothly? i hope so, but if not feel free to contact me using the contact info or at

how about that logo, homies !!!! I told you I had something new coming!!! I’m currently working on designs for t-shirts and mugs and idk…pillow cases? let me know what quirky things you’re lil heart desires and i’ll see what can be done.

you should also know that i’m going to be on a regular posting schedule again—winter break has really got me all messed up, but don’t worry, friends, i’m still thinking about you !!!

much love,

grace and peace,

ya girl

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