Hello there friends! It has been quite a while since we last convened on This Darling Adventure, but what an adventure 2017 has been so far. Andy and I spent some awesome time with family and friends in Alberta for the last week and even had the lovely opportunity to kick it in the Rockies for a couple of days (talk about some good looking mountains, eh?). Nevertheless, it is wonderful to be back in our own home sweet home.
That all being said, let’s get this Meaningful Monday started!
Alright, so we all know that 2017 has already begun (nine days ago to be exact). If you missed that, I am sorry, but it is true. With the changing of the calendar year many resolutions, goals, opportunities, fears, plans, and a whole lot of other newness in general have come to the forefront of people’s minds and hearts. You can see it on magazine covers, blog posts, tv shows… You name it. They are all talking about the tips and tricks of how to not break your new year resolutions. To that I say ‘right on’! It is awesome. Goals and resolutions are so important. They give us something to aim at throughout the new year and a way of tracking our progress along the way. They give us something to hope for and chase after. They give us a framework through which to see all else in the year to come.
But here’s where it gets sticky. Newness requires change and more often than not we do not like change. Or maybe we do want something new, but either the comfort of a known past or the fear of an unknown future hold us back from pursuing and embracing the changes that are essential for growth. It is like we want newness to trickle down into the crevices of our lives, but we do not want to move the big parts of our lives around to allow the space for that newness to take root and grow. Change is uncomfortable, awkward and messy. But it is also so necessary for life to blossom into its fullest potential.
If you decided to take on a new year’s resolution or are hoping for something new in 2017, please do not get discouraged when the going gets rough. Losing those pounds, spending more quality time with friends and family, saving up your pennies and dimes, discovering your life’s purpose, writing more frequently, or whatever else you may want to do in this new year WILL be challenging at times. These things require intentionality and effort, but they are certainly not impossible. And if you are like me and your goals and dreams for 2017 are “impossible,” please also take heart. Keep those dreams larger than life and pursue them well, each day taking the small steps necessary to reach your final destination. Whether your life changes in microscopic or mountain-moving ways, hang in there and keep ’em coming. And who knows? Maybe all those pennies and dimes saved up will become more than just some spare change.
What is an “impossible” dream that you have for 2017? Please feel free to share below! 🙂