Well, we made it! 2020 is finally in the past and it is the start of a New Year! It goes without saying that 2020 was a rough one for many. So much was lost and it is hard to keep an eye on the horizon and our trust in God when so much goes wrong all at once. But through all the lows, there have been some high moments; and now 2021 is here and brings with it many lessons learned and strength gained. How do we move forward into the new year?
Moving Forward in the New Year
In order to move forward, sometimes you have to look back. I think 2020 is one of those times. It was rough for many people; my family was no different. The pandemic turned our world upside down in many ways. Job difficulties, the prolonged distance between family and friends, lost loved ones, medical issues… so many problems presented themselves over the course of last year.
When all falls dark, all you can do is reach out. I’ve heard many times over that “Faith is easy when everything is good,” and that is true. It is so easy to remain faithful and grateful when everything is right with the world; with your world. But what about the troubling times? Those times when it feels like you have lost the ground from under your feet. It is important to remain faithful and trust in God’s plan, but at no point is it more important than when you are in the dark.
When all else fails, reach out…
I don’t know about you, but for me, this is such a hard thing to do. I don’t like for others to see me as weak. This is truly ridiculous because I tell people all the time that breaking down does not make you weak, but rather shows your strength. It is in those moments of brokenness where you find what you are made of. God is there with you in the darkness and, if you let them, other people in your life are there to help guide you through. We need community; we need others to walk with us through life. That support doesn’t just help with getting through bad times! Use that support to help achieve the goals that you have set for yourself in the new year!
New Year, a New Way to Reach Your Resolutions!
We all like to think “this is the year I will reach my New Year’s resolution!” We say it every year, but according to this article, the statistics for keeping them are terribly low. Only 25% keep up their resolutions after the first 30 days of the year and only about 8% follow through to the end of the year. This seems crazy, but think about it; what do we choose as resolutions? I know one I tell myself all the time is “I am going to stop stressing as much this year!”… Yeah right, here is the problem; we make these huge goals, then they seem too big and unachievable.
Instead of choosing one big resolution, choose short term goals. The difference? Goals are more attainable when you have a clear cut idea of what you can do to get there. Rather than say “I am going to stop stressing as much” make a list of short-term goals that will help to reduce your stress and hit those goals. Creating these goals leads to developing better habits that in turn help you to reach the overall desired results.
What are your goals for this year? Share them with us in the comments or on our Facebook and Twitter pages! Happy New Years everyone!