Reflecting on the Little Things – 2017 Edition

It’s DECEMBER! I can’t believe November is already gone and that 2017 is almost over. Wow. That makes me think about the things I set out to accomplish for this year and has me dreaming about what I want to accomplish in 2018. Man, it’s exciting casting vision and dreaming about what the future could look like! 

Are you a New Years Resolution maker? I would certainly count myself as not one. For many reasons. First, my nature is to do the opposite of what everyone else does, or what is expected of me. Everyone makes a New Years Resolution at the end and beginning of every year. They often look like this: “lose weight,” “eat healthier,” “budget smarter,” “make better grades,” “make more time for the people I love…” Some of us might even just say “get my life right.” When we really take a look at our lives, there are a lot of things we could see ourselves doing differently and we hope for a “new” us in a “new” year.

The thing is, though, we don’t change as a person when the last digit on the calendar changes. The only way to bring about true change is strength and endurance from God. Why start on January 1st when I can start on December 3rd? I don’t want to wait for the next day to do something better in myself or for myself because, truly, the next day isn’t promised to us. And, besides, if I can’t push myself to do it now, I won’t be able to push myself to do it later.

All that being said, I can’t really say that I set a “New Years Resolution” for myself at the start of 2017 but I can say the things that I knew I wanted to accomplish and things I asked God to do in my life in 2017. 

  1. I dreamt of being a better leader and servant in my church & increasing my influence. I can easily look at my leadership effectiveness by what girls in my Life Group have found their place. There are SO many. More than I can count. Some leading in multiple areas of the church, some serving in multiple areas of the church, and some making friends at church. All of these are WINS. Thank you, Lord, it’s all You! I have also met and grown closer to so many people this year and it brings me to tears at how blessed I am to have the people I have in my life. God is so good.
  2. I dreamt of somehow bettering my health. For each of us, this looks differently. For me, I didn’t know if I would actually make it to the gym at least once a week and I never imagined changing my diet. However, this did happen in the last couple of months. I have changed my diet and I eat more home-cooked (with love by yours truly) foods and less fast foods. This literally has changed me from the inside out. I have better energy and better skin. And, I do make it to the gym at least once a week – doing ZUMBA. hey, hey! 
  3. I dreamt of growing closer to God. This can happen to each of us in various ways. Some of us naturally grow closer to God when things are going great and others of us naturally grow closer to God when things in life are falling apart. For me this year, both GREAT and HORRIBLE have happened. Who would have thought? But one year is a long time and a lot can happen. I know this year was in God’s will and that is all that matters. Being close to Him is all that matters. I know that life here on Earth is not the same as life in Heaven. I will experience joy, peace, strength, and favor from God but I will also experience heartache and pain from the enemy. That’s just life. Life happens to all of us. God’s heart breaks when mine does and I know that He has set eternity in my heart which is why I have the desires I do and why my heart breaks when it does.
  4. I dreamt of having a better idea of what I would do for my career. This year, I got a new job at a boutique which I love, working with the most incredible team. I also have gotten to work on my blog more and I have taken it in as a second job. I am excited for what the future holds as far as these two go 🙂 

2018

For 2018, I want to be closer to God than ever. I believe from that, everything else I need in this life will flow from it. There is absolutely no telling what will happen to me but I believe that my best self YET is in 2018! How exciting?! God is going to accomplish more dreams of mine and He is going to continue to grow me. I am willing to endure painful situations just to get closer to Him or just to bring someone else closer to Him. 2018 may not be rainbows and butterflies but it’s GOD’S YEAR.

I certainly want to continue to keep my body healthy, inside and out.

I want to make more close friendships and be a better friend, sister, daughter, leader, employee, blogger, dancer (hey hey), budgeter, student, and roommate in 2018. I want to be more real with myself (come on some of us just need to be real with ourselves) and with others around me. That means letting myself feel all of my emotions and if that means crying in public I don’t care. If that means shouting for joy when I get a win in my life group I’ll do it. 

We have to face it in order to get over it.

I want to rest in the Father’s hands, knowing that He is going before every situation I will face. I want to do everything out of resting in Him and just being. I don’t want to focus on “doing,” I want to focus on “being.” 

I will be thankful for the things now so that I will be more thankful for the things ahead!

Outfit details:

Top from H&M.

Jeans from Gap.

Booties from TJMaxx but not online, so here is a link to similar ones.

Earrings from Target. “Beloved” necklace a gift from a dear friend.

Coffee: the best – 7Brew in Bentonville.

What are y’all dreaming for 2018? Did you accomplish the things you wanted to for 2017? It’s not too late! Make the last month of 2017 the BEST. 

xx, Claire

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