I don't know about you but there is something so refreshing to me about starting a new year. Yes, I know, technically, it is just another day. However, for me, it is an opportunity to press the reset button, to reflect on what worked and what did not work in 2015 and to think about all the things I want to see happen in 2016.
As I look back on 2015 I can go to two places. One is that I can see all the things I was able to accomplish, like moving into my own studio, seeing my artwork on the cover of a magazine and officially launching my own business. On the other hand, I can see all the things I did not accomplish, like falling in love, getting on TV and finally finishing and publishing my autobiography.
My goals and dreams are very BIG. Yes, I want to fall in love with an amazing man. Yes, I want to write my autobiography and have it sell millions and yes, I also want to get on TV. These are dreams I carry in my heart on a daily basis. They are dreams I have had for a long time. I do believe these things will come true someday.
I believe these a good dreams to have. At the same time, my dreams are not dreams to just gain financial success or fame. My dreams go much deeper than that.
Getting on TV or publishing a book would be great. Inspiring people and making a difference is what makes me tick. I don't want people to look at ME and think that I am all that great. My hope is that people will feel inspired when they hear about where I have come from, where I am today and where I am going.
I trust that I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now. I am learning what I need to be learning and allowing God to change me from the inside out. I am feeling these changes on a daily basis and it is better than anything money could buy.
Obstacles like my own self doubt and insecurity get in the way more than I would like them to.
Despite my weakness, God fills in that place for me with Himself. In HIM I am strong. Oh, how wonderful to experience this and something I NEVER would have thought I would say. You see, trusting God and truly desiring to have HIm direct my life does not come naturally to me. I have come to realize that this was largely because I did not really know who God was. I did not trust Him. In fact, it was the opposite. I thought He would take away everything I loved.
So to wrap this up for today, I am declaring to the world that 2016 will be a year for me to keep dreaming BIG and at the same time doing the little baby steps each day to see those dreams come true. I also commit to just enjoying the journey because that is really where the magic is.
It will also be a year for me to practice the muscle to change my thoughts to KNOW that no matter what, I am capable, I am strong, I am loved and that God has great plans for me. These plans may not look exactly what I had in mind but from experience, His plans are SO MUCH better than what I had in my finite mind.
So, here's to starting fresh, believing in the goodness of the world, the amazing courage I have on the inside and being open to whatever happens.
Oh and by the way, the pictures above are of my adorable niece. We had a sleepover this past weekend and I go to paint both girls. It was a fun weekend and I hope for more times like these.
Have a great New Year's Eve everyone!
Motivated by the radical love of Jesus, I create beautiful works of art and passionately share my testimony to free people all across the earth to also fully and completely live the life they were uniquely created for.
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