New | Year | Focus

I am so excited about 2015. I have literally NEVER been a huge fan of/believer in/acknowledger of a new year bringing a fresh start and blah blah blah. To me it usually just signifies the beginning of three to six months of forgetting what year it is when I write checks, but for some reason this year is positively SINGING to me. I don't know if it is maturity, or my appreciation of every minute I'm given on this planet with my wonderful friends, family, and life, or a cosmic shift that is motivating me to make some real changes. I read this quote recently, and it hit me like a truck (in a good way):

And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.” -Iain Thomas

I have been CRAVING (if there is a stronger word for that, insert it here) these words for the last few years. Prioritizing is not one of my strengths, and neither is saying no. Enter a life full of things I am passionate about but don't have enough time to embrace, and 5% of myself and effort going into everything, and 100% of myself feeling lost and like I can't keep up. So this year, I am stopping. I am breathing. I am slowing down and doing things simply. I always have an ongoing lists of "need to do" and "want to do", and a mental argument with myself over habits to break and habits to start, and I finally found a way to tackle all of them at once. Focus on what matters most, first. How freaking simple is that?! How has it taken me this long to understand that? Everything is suddenly so clear, and I'm excited to see if I am able to keep up this clarity of mind. I'm not in a rush to accomplish, start or stop anything. January 1 wasn't the end-all-be-all moment that I needed to be perfect, but it started a master work plan for the year. I won't be kicking myself if everything isn't accomplished immediately, because as long as I have God's grace and time, I know it will all fall into place at the right moment, as long as I keep working and keep my core passion and values at the forefront of my daily purpose. I feel like this is the end of a chapter of my life but more importantly, the beginning of the next, and I could NOT be happier. All this being said, I am still running around like a chicken with its head cut off some days, but those days are fewer and farther between than they used to be, and they don't seem to have the same importance or control that they used to. These are my "keywords" for this year and moving forward: