Happy New Year!

I absolutely adore the new year…I love the fresh start, the energy…but most of all I love THE POTENTIAL.  Call me an optimist but ANYTHING feels possible at the start of a new year!  Perhaps that’s where new year resolutions got started.  I’m not a stranger to resolutions…I’ve made and broke plenty…but yes, I still continue to make them and I continue to try…

To be a better person
To eat better
To lose weight
To manage my time better
To manage my money better
Blah, Blah, Blah…

I feel as if, if I were to stop trying then NOTHING would change.  This has put me in a bit of a quandary this past year as I try to understand grace and the Holy Spirit better…the balance between letting God change me and taking responsibility/initiative.  The balance between goals and sanctification.  Can a person really change anyway?  Weren’t we created a specific way and for a specific purpose?  Is it disrespectful to even want to change?  Who’s to say the desire to improve is not a prompting of the Holy Spirit? Unfortunately for you, if you’re looking for the complete answer, I don’t have it.

As I consider my new year and goals, I do, however, have some thoughts…

As an introvert…I have a strong tendency to live in my head…oblivious to much.  This year I want to break out of that tendency and natural inclination…why?  Because I miss out on relationships.  I miss out on intimacy with others.  I miss opportunities. God calls us to be in relationship with each other.

I’m afraid of the kitchen. Yes, afraid.  For YEARS now, I’ve said I was going to get better.  I was going to conquer the fear.  In looking back, I have come a ways but this year…this year I WILL conquer the kitchen.  I may not finish the year as a bonafide foodie but I will be able to confidently whip up some good wholesome meals.  Why? Because food is important, shared meals are important and frankly I’m tired of being afraid and incompetent. Also, hospitality is central to relationships…can’t be very hospitable if I can’t feed you!

Finally, there’s the always favorite of living a healthy lifestyle…more gym, more vegetables, more walking, less stress, less television, blah, blah, blah.  But you know what…I can’t give up.  I want to be healthy, so yes, I’ll continue to strive…continue to try.

These are my goals/resolutions/hopes/dreams for the year…they are written down. They are in my system…they will be reviewed, planned and considered throughout the year. I’m even thinking about blogging my kitchen adventures throughout the year. But you know what? Who knows what this year will bring?!? These goals may be thrown out the window if I discern the Holy Spirit guiding me another way. And that my friends, is where my real growth has been…it’s okay to change course…even demanded if you’re a follower of Christ. Obedience and submission.

So enough about me…what about you? What are your goals/resolutions/hopes/dreams for 2015? I’d love to hear all about them!

Blessings – DM

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (www.slaythechaos.com), where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.