All of these words reflect the thoughts and feelings I tend to experience with the coming of a new year. I love to make plans. I love to envision the qualities, the characteristics, the life I want to live. I've set my fair share of lofty resolutions and goal-setting over the years, but often find myself overwhelmed, falling short, and falling off the gung-ho bandwagon.
The practice of weekly and daily planning has been key to creating and recording the life I desire. Through this process, I try to find a purpose to my days, my weeks, my life. I try to implement daily habits that will get me there. I carefully choose what priorities I want to give my attention, time, and heart to. I make daily choices to guide my path.
Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I flounder. What I do know is this: that when I live in a state of gratitude and mindfulness-- savoring each precious moment of my life-- I am happy. Happy, too, when I make my own joy and well-being the foundation of it all.
This year, I thought I'd try something new. Something I've seen floating around the blog-sphere, but never tried out for myself. Instead of a list of goals, I'd pick one word. Yes, one word to capture the essence of what I want for this year of 2016.
After mulling it over in my mind, it finally came to me. The word TRUST. It felt so right, so true.
Being instead of striving.
This simple word contains all that I want and all that I need. It will become the focus for my year. The foundation or skeleton on which everything I most desire will be built.
And in the end, I believe that as I hold onto trust, the desires, the dreams, the goals, and ambitions of my life will take care of themselves.
Trust that everything is working for my best good.
Trust that everything will be okay.
Trust in my own divinity and eternal nature.
Trust that I am good enough and worthy enough.
Trust in my abilities and talents. That they are sufficient and good and will continue to grow and flourish.
Trust that I don't have to be perfect.
Trust that I can be me.
Trust that I can live my own truth.
Trust that I am loved and cherished.
Trust in the goodness of this world, in the goodness in people, in the goodness in men.
Trust that it's okay to ask for help.
Trust that it's okay for me to communicate and express my thoughts, my feelings, my needs, my longings, my heart.
Trust that the way will be shown to me, that doors will open to lead me to inspiration and resources, and that the right people will show up for me in the right time.
Trust that it's okay not to know all the answers.
Trust that truth and the way will be shown to me and that I will feel it and recognize it.
Trust that I can let go of my attachments and my fears.
Trust in the ebbs and flows, the rhythms and the changes, the cycles of life, relationships, and nature.
Hi, I'm Emily!
I welcome and thank you for visiting. Through this blog, I invite you, friends or strangers, to come and abide with me as I open my heart and home to you in understanding, honesty, discovery, and reflection. It is my hope that you will join me in my quest for a simple, joyful, meaningful life.