Ah. I just love the beginning of a new day, a new week, a new month, or a new year.
It's so fresh and so full of possibility.
I took three weeks off for the holidays this year. It was glorious and much needed. We traveled back to our hometown in California and spent two of the three weeks with family and friends. It was a busy time, but a good time. We were able to save up quite a few hugs and sweet memories - just enough to last us until our next visit.
When we arrived back in Idaho, we were greeted with a record-breaking snowstorm that dumped a total of 23 inches. TWENTY THREE INCHES. I still can't believe it.
It's hard to find the words to describe the kind of beauty that much snow can create.
Or the kind of cold.
But the beauty. Oh my.
The intricacy and perfection of God's creation amazes me.
For about a week after the storm, it was difficult getting out of our driveway. Ryan was able to make it to work, but I didn't want to brave the icy roads on my own.
That gave me LOTS of time to think, look back on the previous year, and look forward to the year to come.
What kind of person was I this past year? What did I do well? What can I improve on this year?
There is something so refreshing and motivating about reevaluating your heart and life like that, especially at the beginning of a new year.
It's a blank page in your notebook, just asking to be written on. It's a thick, fresh blanket of snow without a single footprint. The slate is wiped clean of all the scribbles and there is a new opportunity to create something beautiful.
I always feel like I can breathe a sigh of relief when the old year is done. Maybe I didn't accomplish all that I hoped to, and maybe I fell short in more ways than I wanted to, but I can put all that behind me and start fresh.
It reminds me of the grace and forgiveness I have received through Christ. No matter how many times I fail, I am still covered by His blood.
Not only has He given me a new year to become the person he wants me to be, he gives me a fresh start and new life every single day.
Having that perspective has completely changed the way I plan out my days, create my goals, and live my life.
With that in mind, here's what I put on my clean slate:
More encouragement, less negativity.
More grace, less grudges.
More mindful, less distracted.
More pages, less screens.
More sweat, less sugar.
More listening, less talking.
More Jesus, less me.
What did you put on yours, friend?