Year of Gratitude

December 31, 2018

We’re down to the final hours of the year! 2019 is almost upon us which is a great time to reevaluate what’s working and what’s not in one’s life. (Although let’s be honest, a person can decide to make changes in their life ANY DAY OF THE YEAR. 😁 ) For 2018, the word I was wanting to use to describe my year was intention. My goal was to make more conscious decisions throughout the year of how I was going to spend my time.

Overall I think I did that. I chose to spend more time with my family. I wrote a lot more blogs ( a whopping 65 for me) this year and I finished one of my big goals of re-doing my webpage as well as doing more videos on Facebook. We traveled a lot as a family and I went on two trips with just my husband. It was a good year but not without unforeseen circumstances and heartache but I’ll save that for another blog.

Although the word I chose for the year was intention, the word to best describe my year was development. I feel like I’ve grown more as a person this year and although I still have a lot of goals that aren’t accomplished yet, I am making strides in the right direction. Making strides in the right direction seems to be an ongoing theme in a lot of ways for me. In my home, our remodel is still underway but we can start to see a light at the tunnel. Along with a lot of unpredictable incidents and issues that I overcame, adding to more character development.

My word of 2019 is gratitude, defined as the quality of being thankful. In the upcoming year, I desire to be more thankful and aware of my blessings. I’ll be making my annual list of goals and things I hope to accomplish for the year but it’s so easy to look at accomplishing the next goal or task and overlook the good things that are right in front of me. A couple months ago I heard about something called a Gratitude Journal. I had never heard of it before but basically, it’s a way to record and reflect on the good things in your life and you only need to spend a few minutes doing it. Not to mention a lot of them are under $5.  I am going to be starting one in mid-January. I haven’t decided which one that I want to use yet but I’m hoping that I’ll have one picked out in a week or so. I’ll be sure to share which one I decide to do.

What’s your word for 2019? Have you ever done a gratitude journal? Would you like to join me in doing one? Tell me in the comments!

1 Thessalonians 5:18 – “ In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”