As I turn a year older today, I am taking a moment to reflect on this past year. When I stop and really look back, I can see the challenges and the growth.
What 33 taught me:
You have to choose the life you want.
That doesn’t mean we get to choose all the circumstances life throws at us, but we do get to choose our actions and our thoughts. We get to choose what we spend our time and energy on. We get the choice to make our life better or worse by the actions we choose.
We get the choice to forgive and forget and move on.
We get the choice to wake up and show up.
One thing my job is continuously reminding me is that time is precious. Our days are precious. We take them for granted. Every day that we get is a gift.
Our thoughts take our energy and time. Make sure your thoughts are worth it; and if they aren’t, you have the power to change them.
My girls asked me recently what my motto was. I thought about it, and one that came to mind, one I write about often is:
“If it’s worth it, it’s not easy.”
Change is hard, growth is hard, overcoming addictions and bad habits are hard, working on relationships can be very hard, even pursing good, positive change can be hard when our default is to take the path of least resistance. The good and the great things do not come easy.
33 has been a year of personal growth and learning. I thank God for it, I thank Him for seeing me through it and I look forward to seeing what 34 has in store for me. Here’s to many more strong cups of coffee and days well spent!