One of the most beautiful words in the English language: new.
But first. Last weekend my family and I traveled to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to ring in the new year with family. Can we just pause for a moment to discuss the enormous beauty of the U.P.? With the perfect lighting and colorful backdrops I felt like I had somehow stepped inside a Hallmark movie, minus the strange love triangles and predictable endings.
Also, I met some very delightful cows and goats.
(One of the cows was pregnant and nonplussed that I was trying to get a selfie.)
On New Year’s Eve I joined a host of hopeful goal setters in creating my 2017 bucket list. My goals are less ambitious than years past–perhaps because a quick glance at the list reveals one specific underlying theme: simplification. Writer Greg McKeown calls it
“… living by design and not default.”
Basically, I am hoping to pursue greater joy this year by simplifying the distractions in every area.
(Well, maybe not every area. The kids and husband think they still need 3 meals a day.)
Here are 10 strategies I plan to pursue for a simplified 2017–
(Note: These 10 strategies will be the next 10 blog posts I write. So stay tuned if any of it interests you.)
1. Daily worship.
2. Determined forgiveness.
3. Detailed scheduling.
4. Deliberate unplugging.
5. Dedicated de-cluttering.
6. Diligent meal planning.
7. Designated downtime.
8. Disciplined spending.
9. Decisive routines.
10. Deafening gratitude.
True story: I was half-way through my list when I realized each item began with a D. Totally didn’t desire that dorky detail. Ah well, here’s to a successfully simplified 2017.
“May [God] fulfill every resolve for good” (2 Thessalonians 1:11)–