|my husband Ben and I|
When I first started thinking about this post- and let's be honest, Tammy had to remind me on Saturday!- I knew I wanted to write about the word "refresh" to coincide with the New Year. It has actually been a few years since I have made any New Year's resolutions (something about not even making to midnight awake took away the excitement, I guess!), and I decided this year I want to do something different. (Oh, and I did make it to midnight this year!)
Instead of having one huge goal for the whole year, each month I am going to challenge myself to either give up something for those 30ish days, or challenge myself to do something specific everyday for that month. I feel that breaking goals down into chunks will make the success of following through more promising! For example, during the month of January, my family and I will be giving up eating out, with the exception of my daughter's birthday.
So with this idea in mind, I want to give you a few ideas to think about as we start afresh this New Year, in hopes that you will find refreshment this January!
1.) Refresh your ideas about money. Take a look around you at your possessions. Do you really need to buy a bunch of more "stuff" this year? Consider going on a "buying freeze" for a month or so and either save the money or invest into a worthy cause. For only $35 a month, you can help feed and educate a child through World Vision. This is the price of a (relatively inexpensive) pair of jeans, or seven coffees from Starbucks. Wear your old jeans a little longer, and buy a bag of Starbucks to brew at home. Our family is going to try to be much more intentional this year of thinking outside our needs and wants, and focus on those who really don't have necessities. My weakness is Hobby Lobby, can I get an amen?
If you don't have rich friendships such as this, I pray that you find them this year. Life is not meant to be lived alone!