I didn’t do an end of the year recap for 2018 because I was just so glad to see her go. Don’t get me wrong. The year did have some great ups. There were some pretty sweet wins. But, as I look back and think things over, I got a testimony … of how utterly awful 2018 was. Listen, I was too thru with 2018 and all of her shenanigans.
As I sit at my desk pecking out this post, I’m grateful for fresh perspective and the hope of something new. I’m also grateful for this avocado toast I’m nippling on cuz it’s yummy.
Now that we are three days into the new year (three is my second favorite number), I feel like taking some time to speak on a few things. First, I slept through new year countdown. Ya girl was tired. I woke up to the sound of fireworks, gunfire, and the realization that the intentional plans I had for ringing in the new year went down the drain while I snoozed.
I always take the week between Christmas and New Year off, so I made a list of all the things I needed to accomplish during that time away from work. There were some house rearrangements to tend to, a book to finish reading, a 2019 planner to set up, and of course a vision board and intentions journal to end the year and begin it. I had plans, ya’ll.
I did rearrange the house. My word for 2019 is CREATE, so I wanted to make sure my home space was set up to allow my creativity to flow naturally and continually. That meant switching my office and dining room space. It took way too many hours but I got it done.
I also got around to setting up my new planner for 2019 and completing my mind-mapping and goal setting exercises. I even set up my new devotional journal. In many ways, my new year prep was winning!
The only things I didn’t get to were completing my vision board and my end of year/beginning of year reflections. Hey, we can’t win ’em all. Thankfully, I had all of New Year’s Day to finish what I sort of started before diving head first into slumberland.
Like way too many others in Seattle, I made my way to Greenlake for a brisk 3 mile walk and some reflection time. Also, I needed to get in some solo photoshoot practice time because I have some big things planned for 2019. (Hence the word for the year.) After finishing my walk, I found a nice, secluded bench on the water’s edge that I could have all to myself. I prayed, sang a few songs, listened, reflected, and laughed as I sent out 2018 and welcomed 2019.
And then I broke out my camera and snapped what can only be described as some bomb selfies. Yes, my selfie game is truly next level ya heard!
You probably have some really awesome things planned for your 2019. I truly hope you do because iconic singer/songwriter Nina Simone already told you what it was.
It’s a new dawn. It’s a new day. It’s a new life for me, ooh. And I’m feeling good.
My only hope for you is that you don’t spend 2019 trying to be like someone else. The only image you should seek to match is the image that God has of you. How you see yourself should mirror how God sees you; and that, my love, is pure perfection. Be that person. Live the life you were purposed to live. It won’t be easy and it won’t be perfect according to the world’s standards, but it will be true for you. Freedom is found in truth. In 2019, just be you!