Every year seems to have a different story and 2017 was definitely a brand new chapter in my life.
My word I chose to guide me one year ago today for 2017 was SUCCESS. I accomplished success in a sense and I am a bit more comfortable financially than I have been for quite a while. But when I chose my word last year I didn’t intend for it to mean financial success. My goal was to conquer new, unexpected things that came my way with confidence even when they felt difficult. I am happy with the way I handled many of those things because I did so the best way I knew how. And although I wanted to on occasion…I never gave up. A writing mentor of mine once described me as “tenacious” and I actually believe that now.
However, with all of the tenacity I lost a bit of my joy along the way. Actually, I lost most of it. Being so busy with work zapped my energy and took up most of my time at the expense of my creativity. I spent less time writing and creating and more time working and sleeping. That made me crazy. But I KNOW God has had me in this season for a reason.
Today is the beginning of a brand new chapter in my book. And my word for 2018 is JOY. I have been praying for it to come back. I forget sometimes because I get distracted easily, but I know I need to make a conscious effort to choose JOY every single day no matter what my circumstances. Not constantly wanting more but being content with what I have, where I am, and looking forward to where I am going next – not looking back.
2017 was not a bad year. It was a transition year. It was a season of life like all of the rest and I am thankful for every moment of it because it made me stronger. I might not be where I want to go just yet but I have faith in God that my season will come.
Looking forward to seeing what 2018 brings for all of us. Praying for peace, love, happiness, strength, success…and JOY for you as well!
What is your word for 2018? Please feel free to share in the comments below…I’d love to hear it.
Stacey ~ iamalive
My Life 2017 (Click play. Thanks for being a part of the journey!)