Happy 2019

It’s been awhile since I’ve written (or rather since I’ve actually posted)! I start, then stop because I feel I just lose direction?

I recently came across a site that I’m hopeful will help me keep moving in a positive direction. And the first step in that positive direction is “to have a plan”. Now this plan can’t have goals that are beyond my capabilities. And this plan can’t wander off to useless questions that I can’t answer either. It has to focus on what I can actually do to make this year a better New Year.

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This tiny bird isn’t worried about the past; his focus is on the “here and now”. Here and now, he is watching me watch him. And probably thinking where to find his next meal? 

To make this plan, I am focusing on areas that truly bring me happiness. Things I find rewarding in my life such as my family, my health, and things I do that bring joy to other people.

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Jack, my precious donkey! His life didn’t start very well but he has since learned “people” are not all bad. He “gives back” more to me than I can possibly explain! He is DEFINITELY part of my 2019 plan!

 

I’m also letting go of things that are deeply hurtful; things that I have no control over. It does me no good to dwell on past events that are… In the past. I can’t predict the future nor do I have control over what other people do but I DO have control in how I react to what those people say and do! So… I will focus on ME and MY reactions and go from there. That is my plan…

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“Letting go” is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done! But… I need to “let go” of things I can not change. That is the greatest gift I can give to myself! 

What is your plan for 2019? Can you let go of the past to focus on the future? I would love to hear your thoughts…

Happy New Year to all!

~Jennifer

8 comments on “Happy 2019

  1. It is so much easier to vow to let things go than it is to actually DO IT. I struggle with this daily. Knowing what needs to be done and executing that process are not always compatible. If you find a way to actually manage it, please share. Happy New Year regardless. LIfe goes on and sometimes all we can do is hang on and go along for the ride. The alternative is unacceptable. Hang in there!
    Nita

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    • Thanks, Nita, for the New Year wishes and more importantly… the reminder to hang in there 🙂

      Executing the things that have to be done is ALWAYS tricky (the do-list ALWAYS seems longer than the day!) but… I was referring more to being kind to yourself… mentally, spiritually, emotionally! You can’t change what other people say or do so focusing on that/them can only take away your “joy”. Nothing is worth that pain!

      I think that is the direction I will go in my blog… how I’m managing to NOT let what people say/do hurt me as much as they have in the past by focusing my energy on what I truly have control over. Easier said than done, I know! Wish me luck because THAT is my New Year’s resolution! ❤

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  2. Have a blessed 2019, Jennifer! Yes, we certainly need to allow ourselves more grace, don’t we? It’s good to focus on things that nurture us, not things that drain us. Easier said than done though, right? May God give us grace to fix our eyes on Him! Lovely pics again! I always love the ones of Jack. 🙂 How did you make those pics of the flower and of the bird so artistic? Beautiful! Blessings of strength to you!

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    • Happy New Year/2019 to you also, Trudy! ❤

      I almost feel this is similar to the Serenity Prayer… "God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; and the Wisdom to know the difference"! (although I so seldom drink alcoholic beverages!) Point is… I have to let go of things I can not change/drain me, as you've said!

      Things that nurture me… being creative especially through my photography 🙂 Thank you for your kind words ❤ And Jack… The one who proved that if HE can let go of HIS past, then surely I can let go of mine! (I've cried into his thick wooly winter coat more times than I can count; he's SUCH a steady influence!)

      Blessings of strength for BOTH of us! May 2019 be kind to us both! HUGS! ❤

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