December 31, 2007

A New New Year

I was looking back to one year ago and came across my New Year's post for 2007. I have confessed in the past that 2007 was a bit of a bust. Some bumpy times. But looking at my goals for the year, and now seeing how I succeeded in every one of these goals, I feel victorious!
Here's the post (and a couple little added notes), and I think that it will remain for 2008. Can only get better and brighter.

I see this new year as a blank page full of promises and possibilities.

Rather than state resolutions, I have goals similar to my prayer every night as I end my day- May I be a better wife tomorrow, a more patient mom, a more organized homemaker, effective servant of the Lord, as tomorrow is a new day.

I love a new start.

I hope for superficial things like provision to go on our vacation to Colorado this June (done). And for a new car (done!). To read more books (did that). And to become a better knitter (yes!).

I hope to grow closer to my friends, and be a better friend to them. (And who knew I'd make so many more for-sure-to-be-lifelong friends this year as well?)

I hope for my family to live a "greener" life.

I hope to get rid of extra "stuff."

Whether it be emotional or physical baggage.

And appreciate more of what is truly important.

I hope I continue to keep my eyes open for what is truly important, and never let "moments" pass by unnoticed.

I hope to not set limits or expectations, or make judgments and assumptions, and only hope to focus on what is good and true.

I hope to always know my purpose, and to put it to good use.

I hope to always look forward and not back, up and not down...

Yes, in this New Year, many treasures await...

photo credit: photographer Ashlee Allen, Nest


  1. These are things we should all try to do better.... what a nice post! :-)

    I wanted to let you know that I'm having a month of giveaways on my blog, I would love for you to stop if you have a chance!

  2. Steph, I hope 2008 is bigger than 2007 was for you! Be blessed.

  3. Such a great post, one of your best ever, imo. 2007 was such a roller coaster, but so many, many, good things to be thankful for. Can't wait to see what's ahead! :)

  4. Looks like you've accomplished a lot in 2007. Great job! Hope 2008 is even better!

  5. What a great post and so many great things to look forward to. I love the beginning of the New Year....I dont however like have some great things on here....

  6. Good for you for accomplishing your goals! Way to go!

    Wishing you and yours a wonderful 2008!


  7. Beautiful post - and those are all things I hope for too, except for the knitting. I've given up on The Knitting.
    Happy New Year.

  8. Isn't it strange how we don't remember every good thing that we did in the past? Everything happens so fast and it isn't till we stop and reflect on each moment that we realize that the past was indeed much better than we thought.

    Congrats on making all your goals. I hope 2008 provides the same happy and healthy year for you and your family.

    And you can teach me how to knit at any time!

  9. Great goals. I'm sure you'll meet them. :)


  10. Great Post! I am proud of you for meeting your goals. Happy New Year...Love you, Mom

  11. With a new slate and a fresh piece of chalk...may the Lord BLESS you and your family in 2008!! :-D

  12. I hope for a lot of the same things. Although, I really don't know if I'm cut out to knit. My creativity seems to have tanked lately. Despite the fact that I keep buying beads and jewelry making supplies that catch my eye, I haven't made anything in months.

  13. Steph, those are fantastic goals, very well put. and they are great goals for this year as well. Blessings will be on you for sure.

  14. We could all stand to add at least some of these to our personal goals lists. Great post, Steph! May God grant you much joy, happiness and abundant blessing in the coming year.

  15. Isn't it nice to know you did accomplish some goals in 2007? Keep chugging along! (Did I just say "chugging".....I do have boys!)


  16. Happy 2008, Steph! I hope this year is wonderful for you and your family!

    Jane, Pinks & Blues

  17. So well said! I should have just copy and pasted this! Here's to a fresh start and more victories!

  18. These are lovely and inspiring. And I'm confident that many treasures do await you in 2008. Hooray! Happy New Year!

  19. Good post, I have a few of the same things on my short list of "resolutions" (hesitant to call them that). Happy New Year and here's to a great 2008!

  20. Good for you Steph - on focusing on goals rather than resolutions. Goals are so much more inspiring to achieve and uplifting when achieved.

    You are a true wonderful woman.


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