I needed not only add a new goal to my list, but I also needed to celebrate all the good things that I was fortunate enough to be a part of in 2014.

Greetings! I am excited for this glorious New Year and the opportunities that it brings for us to begin new goals, as well as revive or renew goals that were once higher on our list of priorities. Personally, I made several goals when I made the move to Indiana from down South to have a more focused and intentional effort on caring for not only my mind and spirit, but also my body for a more holistic approach to health and wellness. To date, I’m proud to say that I have made strides in achieving these goals; however, I feel the push of the New Year and other resolvers to take those goals to a new level.

But, before I made yet another resolution I thought to myself, “Why?” Have I not been dedicated enough to the goals that I set out in September 2014? Or is it already time for me to refocus that goal onto something else? As I found time over Christmas and New Years and the other personal holiday of my birthday, I discovered that I needed not only add a new goal to my list, but I also needed to celebrate all the good things that I was fortunate enough to be a part of in 2014, as well as the things that I am hopeful for in this New Year. What does it look like to celebrate or appreciate what we have done in addition to what we are doing or working toward?

We all have much to be thankful for and I will choose this month to list as many things that I am thankful for as possible. And, here goes the beginning:

  1. The relationship between God and myself;
  2. Wonderful, loving and supportive family;
  3. A tremendous group of friends (new and old) that encourage me daily to live a full life, as well as challenge me to be a better person;
  4. Colleagues that are diverse and open to create new things;
  5. A career that not only allows me to tell the story, but also learn more about my own faith while helping to connect others;
  6. A curious heart and mind that keeps me yearning for knowledge
  7. Health enough to continue moving forward on my journey to an even healthier lifestyle

As we begin this New Year, I encourage us all to celebrate the good that’s been done, as well as the good that we hope to create on the road ahead. I am also curious to know what you are looking forward to and what you’re hoping to celebrate this month or in the months coming. Feel free to post your celebratory thoughts on facebook.com/indianaumc or email them to me directly at editor@inumc.org.