How often do we set goals at the beginning of each year only to allow them to fall by the wayside a few months into the year? Our New Year Resolutions should really include the following, “I aim to KEEP my resolutions this year!”
It happens… such is life.
The allure of a new year is exciting as it gives us the opportunity to start new and fresh. We compile all of those “tomorrows” into one day, Jan 1st, and promise to tackle them all in the upcoming year.
But how realistic is this? And, do we really have a plan to execute all of our dreams and goals?
Regardless, I have come to realize the key to all of the “tomorrow” items on the agenda is to just do SOMETHING.
Nearly three years ago shortly after my daughter was born I was struggling to balance the overwhelming joy I had for my precious daughter with the equally overwhelming sense of exhaustion and isolation I felt as a new mom. I will never forget, night after night, sitting in the rocking chair with my new baby staring out into the dark room feeling emotional and alone. Did anyone understand what I was going through? It didn’t feel like it. It was then that I began thinking about writing… writing as a way to encourage moms, especially new moms, that you are NOT alone in your journeys through motherhood.
A year and a half later my son was born and though I had made some minor efforts I hadn’t really done anything with that dream of writing. It remained a dream…
That is until the wee hours of the night one night as I sat up with my newborn son. (It’s amazing what we mamas are able to conjure up in the wee hours of the night with our new babies… I swear if we put our active-hormone-ridden heads together we could take over the world… at least during nap time anyway!)
I will never forget, it was Halloween night, 2011; I was looking for encouragement as I stumbled on one of the Christian networks and listened to an amazing African pastor speaking about a lady business woman he knew who had a dream and began executing that dream after hearing from God one night. She had been crying out to Him for guidance and direction about how to get started when God spoke to her, “Just do something…”
These words so simple, but their meaning began to stir in me the vision I had a year and a half prior to begin writing as a way to encourage moms.
In the weeks following I began applying this simple principle to my daily life and listened to God’s gentle nudges along the way. I wasn’t going to wait until “tomorrow” to begin executing my dreams… I began making efforts TODAY.
Then on January 6, 2012, after a couple short months, I launched my blog, it was in no way perfect…but I got it started. Then within a couple weeks I began getting offers for freelance writing opportunities with some local magazines and newspapers! It was amazing! By April 2012 I officially became a “published writer” and was well on my way to fulfilling my dreams.
God had blessed me for my heart, and my efforts to just “do something” to begin executing the dreams He placed on my heart… it wasn’t about being “perfect” in the beginning…it was about taking those critical steps to make it happen and trust Him.
Now, as the year comes to a close I think about the dreams I have for 2013… I know God has great things in store for the ministry He has created through Not aLone Mom and while I don’t have all the answers, what I do know is that I will continue to take one step at a time listening to His voice for guidance, applying that simple principle every step of the way…
“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
2013 Challenge: How about treating each day as though it were a “new year”? Treat each opportunity as though anything were possible.
“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26