Guess what the most common New Year's resolution is?  That's right....fitness & health....exercise more & lose weight!

Every January we're bombarded with commercials about weight loss programs.  The stores have their athletic shoes, clothes, & equipment on sale.  The gyms advertise their lowest joining fees of the year.

Imagine if the most common New Year's resolution was to increase spirituality or grow in integrity? Galations 5:22,23 says, "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness & self-control."  What a difference this world would be if increasing these values were our top priorities!  I've heard it said love & self-control are like the bookends of the Fruit of the Spirit.  They are the anchors that keep the others in place.  I see a year in this way-January & December being the bookends.  January is a time for new beginnings, new goals, new dreams.  December is a time of celebration....to honor the events of that year.

How will 2018 be unlike every other year?  We don't know yet!  I sure didn't imagine on January 1, 2017 that I would break my ankle & have surgery that required me to be away from home for months!  I didn't know I'd have to have a procedure on my nose & my son-in-law would fly down to take care of me!  I didn't dream I'd get a new part-time job!  I had no idea I'd be blessed with visits from so many friends & family throughout the year.  

The only thing I DO know about 2018 is that I want to do my best to become a better version of myself!  The events of 2017 helped me to grow in patience, to stop resisting what is & just  "accept" & to enjoy the moments that make up my life.  I appreciate my ability to walk now so much more than I ever have!  I cherish all my family members who sacrificed to take care of me when I needed them!  I also learned what I need to work more on in this new year.  I always choose a theme or word to focus on each year.  My word for 2018 is DISCIPLINE.  I've allowed myself to use my injury as an excuse to eat for comfort....so I need self-control instead of over- indulgence.  Medical issues are expensive....so I need to discipline my spending habits to get my budget back in line!  I need to refrain from negative thoughts & self-sabotage!  

What about you?  Where did you improve, stretch, & grow this past year?  What do you want to change this new year?  Life Coaching can help you achieve your goals & improve your life!  Everything is easier with help, a plan, & accountability.  If you have ever thought about hiring a life coach, now is the best time.  Februrary 1, I'll be raising my rates for new clients....so purchase sessions now to lock in the best value!

It's been awhile since I organized a Facebook group, so now's the time! Join me for "January Jump-Start".  It's not about exercise or eating healthy.....it's about using January to start the year off right....growing in spirituality. This will be an interactive group to encourage & inspire each other in our faith walk.  Let's give spirituality top priority this year...then we will have great growth to celebrate come December! 



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