Ready for change in 2014

We’re a couple of weeks into the new year, but I’m just now feeling like starting a new year.  I was a bit out of sorts when the actual year began thanks to the stomach flu.  And then I was a bit out of sorts with a big snowstorm and Arctic chill.  But, that snowstorm was perhaps a good thing.  It gave me a chance to slow down a little bit.  Well, I slowed down as much as one can with a 4-year-old and 11-month-old at home.

I’ve felt some rustlings internally recently.  I feel like 2014 is going to be a year with some changes.  And I’m hoping it will be a year of living and enjoying life.  I mentioned how 2013 was a year of challenges.  The best way I can describe it is that I feel like I spent the year in rough ocean waves.  I kept getting hit by waves and sometimes they’d knock me over and make me lose my breath.  Sometimes I could barely keep my head above water.  It was a year of survival.  It could have been a whole lot worse, because things can always be worse.  But it could have been better.  It was just a year to make it through.  The kind of time where you keep your head down and keep moving forward doing what you have to do to make it through.  That was 2013.

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I’m ready for 2014 to bring some changes.  I’m ready for refreshing in so very many ways.  I’m ready for spiritual refreshment.  For the last month and a half, I’ve been enjoying a new devotion book for moms that has spoken to my heart.  I continue to enjoy my quiet time with God and uplifting Christian music that helps me get through my day striving to be the smiling mom whilst surviving challenges.

I’m ready for physical refreshment.  Many of my challenges last year were of the physical sort with a variety of issues.  This year I feel ready to start revitalizing my physical self.  I’m ready to start moving my body again.  I’m ready to stretch and bend and not break.  I’m not looking for any major changes, but I just need to move.  And I’m enjoying simple things like carrying my baby and my laundry basket. I’m enjoying walking through the grocery store without having problems.  It’s refreshing.

I’m ready for social refreshment.  I’m not a super big friend person.  I struggle to make friends because I’m a quiet, introverted person, but I still need connections.  Now that my health is better and my battles fewer, I’m ready to make some connections with old friends.  If I make new friends, great.  But, I also know that in this phase of life where I spend a great deal of time at home with small children that making new friends is not exactly easy.  And that’s OK.

Within social refreshment, I’m also looking to trim some fat, so to speak.  I’m ready to deal with relationships in my life that need to be dealt with.  I’m ready to embrace people who want to be in my life and say good-bye to those who don’t.  I’m not interested in pursuing relationships with people who don’t want a relationship with me.  Some ties are being cut by my choice and others by the choices of others.  While I have some sadness to deal with, I’m moving ever forward.  It’s refreshing.

I’m ready for professional refreshment.  I did some work in 2013, but it was minimal.  I’m looking forward to taking some time in 2014 to do some work and remember what it’s like to be professional Journalist Stacey.  She is part of my identity and she was missing for a while out of necessity.  While I’m still not able to work full-time, I am looking forward to more opportunities for writing this year.  And I’m looking forward to making opportunities for myself.

I’m just ready to keep moving forward.  When the new year first turned over, I wasn’t ready.  I felt little hope for 2014 being a better year.  I was pretty sure that changing the number on a calendar doesn’t make that much difference.  The truth is the number doesn’t really make that much difference.  I just know that I am now ready for moving forward.  I’m ready to start enjoying more of life again rather than simply surviving.

What are you looking forward to?  Anyone else going through changes and looking ahead right now?

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