It’s the newest new year I’ve ever had.
I’ve never been ENGAGED before, going into the new year.
I’m in a new CITY, having just moved from Manhattan to Cincinnati, Ohio.
And I’ve never owned a house with another person before! (Especially one that I don’t live in!)
So all that to say, it is a VERY NEW, NEW YEAR for me!
Which has caused me to think: what is it that I want to bring with me in 2023? Not a resolution, per se, but rather, a focus to make this year the best it can possibly be.
I want to bring JOY with me into 2023.
There is a lot of stress that surrounds moving, planning a wedding, starting a new life in a new city, and frankly…commuting every day from my home with my fiancé, to sleep at my parent’s house 30 minutes away. That’s a lot of stress — sober stress…because I can’t even have a glass of wine since I have to drive across town at the end of the night!
So I want to make sure that I have a joyful spirit through it all. I want to take on challenges and snags in the road with grace and a lightheartedness that brings light to those around me, and points to the One who is the source of our joy.
I want to bring RESPECT into 2023.
Respect covers a lot of things. First and foremost, respect for my fiancé. I once heard it said that a man values respect more than love. And…well, the jury is out on that one. But I will say, that respect is the foundation of any healthy relationship.
And “living with” him (during waking hours, that is…) I want to actively look for ways to respect him. Whether that is finding ways to help out in the condo: bring down the recycling to the basement, keeping things tidy; whether that is having nutritious meals ready for him at lunch and dinner, whether that’s being quiet when he’s taking work calls upstairs. I want to find ways to respect him through my actions.
And also through my words: I want to communicate with him well: which means listening more than I talk…and I talk a lot. I want to really listen to understand. And also, to share my feelings, thoughts and concerns too, instead of bottling them up…which I am very skilled at…
And I want to respect him by making his transition to Cincinnati as best as it can be. Whether that is setting up double dates, or signing up for interesting classes, or finding a young adult group or couples’ Bible study at church…I want to create a beautiful life with him, and ease us into that process as best as I can. He has given so much to me by uprooting his life in New York (where he lived since birth) to move here — I want to help him make this city truly feel like home.
And also when it comes to respect, I want to continue to respect my recovery: Protect it, guard it, be diligent with it. The life I’m living now — which I never could have dreamed of during my anorexia — is only possible because of my recovery. And with the wedding coming up, there is a lot of pressure around body image, and I want to just guard my heart to be ready for that: and have an impenetrable fortress, solidifying the work that I’ve done these past 15 years.
I want to bring GRATITUDE with me into 2023.
Lastly, I want to bring a spirit of gratitude with me, every day in 2023. I truly feel God’s blessing pouring down — with an incredible man, with my health, with moving back to my hometown — and the face that it was my man’s idea to do so, because he knew it was my heart’s deepest desire. God is so good, and I want to never ever take that for granted.
Even just for waking up in the morning. I mean, my gosh, look at what happened this past Monday during the Bengals/Bills game. Life can change in an instant…and praise God that Hamlin is making progress and appears is going to be okay.
Gratitude. If you’re busy recognizing all the blessings God has bestowed upon you, you’ll be too busy to be down or in a bad mood.
As far as what I’m NOT bringing with me…
- Bottling up my emotions. – I really need to work on my healthy communication and not just saying that “I’m fine.”
- Unchecked spending. I really need to work on budgeting my finances. Owning a house is a huge financial expense, which means finding ways to “tighten the belt” in other areas.
- Negative self talk. This one I have gotten a lot better at, but I still can slip up from time to time. I’ve learned that a trigger for this is when I haven’t exercised in a while. So staying in balance: with nutrition, healthy movement, sleep, work and socializing — that is KEY!
So there you have it. What are some things that YOU want to bring with you into 2023?
It’s going to be a beautiful year, I just know it.
Grateful for YOU!
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