Why I Won’t Be Turning Over a New Leaf (Gasp.)

journeyTypically, I like to think of January 1st as a brand new era, a crystalline future with no failures clouding the sky. A fresh day with “no mistakes in it”. (At least not yet, as the Miss Staceys always have to add). A time to turn over new leaves, swear off the bad, and revel in the clarity of new beginnings.

But this year…this year, I will not start off by turning over a new leaf. I won’t start by making a clean break of everything I’ve done over the past year, and I won’t hide away all of the lessons I have learned.

Instead, I choose to look upon this coming year as a continuation of my journey through life. Oh, I love the fact that mentally I can look upon this as a new chapter, the 22nd, an uncomposed expanse of white pages that I can fill, but it is just that – a new chapter. 21 chapters have come before it, and have shaped the general plot of this new one, while preparing it to spin a completely new twist, a mystery, a cliff-hanger.

It’s still a puzzle to me, this 22nd chapter of my life. So much to accomplish, to see, to explore this year, and I would be a liar if I did not admit that I am sincerely excited to start a new year, for it does feel like a twist in the road – and I love a good mystery. Still and yet, I purpose to take what I have learned in the past chapters to strengthen me for the next; so, here’s what I have learned:

  1. That goal-setting, though daunting and presumptious feeling, is invaluable. And I haven’t done enough of it. I shall do more this year.
  2. Wearing high-heeled boots makes me four inches taller and extremely confident. (Note to self: yesterday was the first time for this milestone – it shall not be the last. Anything that raises my 5′ 3.5 in. self up that much and allows me to stare down at 10 year old children? Invaluable.)
  3. All new beginnings need a good beginning. Treat each new day as just that – a fresh start, a refreshed mindset to complete my goals.
  4. Start each day reading the Bible, which is the best beginning of all. This has severely lacked of late in my life, and it’s an area that I sorely need wisdom in.
  5. Finish my book, using techniques that I will learn throughout this coming year, and utilizing previously learned skills. (I don’t know what those are, but it sounded good. So hey…)
  6. Live unselfconsciously. It’s selfish – and I know that. Selfconscious never loses sight of the precious self. But I want to. People are so needy, and, God willing, I want to help fill that need with His love.
  7. Catapult out of the comfort zone this year – whether it’s a missions trip, taking on a scary responsibility, or simply trusting God, the most frightening of all – I don’t want to live life safely. I want it to be written, directed, and acted by the Lord.

So, 2013. Well-met. Let’s get on with the adventure, shall we?


About loverofwords20

Allison is an aspiring author, and a lover of words, music, and the Lord Jesus Christ. She is also abysmal at these “about you” things, being unable to think of quirky characteristics at the drop of a hat. However, she enjoys singing randomly and loudly, and laughing hysterically while being caught in the rain.
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14 Responses to Why I Won’t Be Turning Over a New Leaf (Gasp.)

  1. waynemali says:

    Ha Ha,
    I am only 5ft 4.5 and some of my 10 year old karate students are taller than me, trouble is I have to teach in bare feet!
    Happy New Year

    • 😀 I happen to think that is a perfectly lovely height. And bare feet is the most fun honestly! Just doesn’t do much for the old height elevation. 😉 A happy New Year to you as well!

  2. nate65 says:

    Well spoken. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  3. Alison D. says:

    Those are some great things to have learned. I love your attitude!

  4. Thanks. 🙂 Appreciate it! (I’m not wearing my boots at the moment, otherwise I probably would have had a bit more of an attitude. 😉

  5. apeslugger says:

    Good goals. I might consider one or two of them (sans high healed boots XD) Happy New Yeah!

  6. Faith says:

    My goal- to be consistent with one devotional book each evening and to read Scripture. This is so true- “simply trusting God, the most frightening of all – I don’t want to live life safely. I want it to be written, directed, and acted by the Lord.”

    • That’s an excellent goal! I know it’s definitely one of mine as well. Initially, I was trying to read through the entire Bible, but I found myself reading just to get through – and I really want to understand and delve, not just skim. God’s blessings as you start out! 🙂

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