Monday, January 7, 2019

Anew 2019...


There is something about a new year that causes a rustling inside of me. A rustling of new adventure, of new goals, and of a new commitment. I love the turn of the year for that. This year I wanted to write a post about where I'm going... 

I know I technically re-dedicated this blog this past fall and promised to commit to consistent content. Well, sometimes you just get busy, or your priorities are elsewhere, or you need time to feel inspired or need to get back on track. But I've been praying about this space a lot and I love this blog. It feels like me. Moving forward in 2019 I want to continue to grow this space. I want to post curated content about fashion, faith, lifestyle, and travel that inspires me in hopes to inspire others. I also want it to be place of grace for me. If I don't post 3-4 times/week, every week, that is okay! I hope that you find this content relatable and inspiring. Thank you for being here!

December 31st, 2018 was the bookend of an amazingly beautiful year of change. I got married, started a new family, built a new house, and started a new job. 2018 blessed me with beautiful memories, challenges, and life lessons. Here are a few things I learned as well as a few things I hope to learn in 2019... 

2018, you taught me it is okay to be vulnerable. I have a very hard time with this. Even admitting I have a hard time with vulnerability makes me feel uncomfortably vulnerable. That got a little deep, but what I'm getting at is this: I always like to show people my best and sometimes (a lot of times) I can't and that's okay! The imperfections are based on parameters only I have made up in my head. God and my loved ones love me despite the imperfections. I didn't truly realize that until this year. 

2018, you taught me what it means to truly love. I've always felt like I understood love. But it wasn't until this year that I discovered true, unconditional love. Giving and receiving. It's pretty special and I'm pretty sure the most beautiful thing in life.

2018, you taught me what is really important. Finishing my todo list before the crowd of people arrive over to my house isn't what is important. Having the right color napkins for the part, having my guest bedrooms perfectly organized, or having the right serving plates paired with perfect pinterest-picturesque food isn't what is important. What IS important are those people coming over and the memories I will make. 2019, I hope you continue to remind me of this one. 

Now onto what I hope to learn in 2019...

2019, I hope you teach me how to truly be faithful. My semi-type-A personality makes it challenging for me to truly give all of my worries over to God. This year I want to trust in His goodness and hand all things over instead of trying to control them (sound familiar?). God will not give me more then I can handle with His help. I want to trust in that this year.

2019, I hope you teach me how to truly connect with people. Believe it or not, I am actually quite shy and introverted. I hope to learn how to value face to face friendships and time spend.

2019, I hope you teach me how to love my self. This is something I've always struggled with and I believe many others do too. We all have health and fitness goals for the new year, but I think it runs deeper than that... we want to try and be the best form of ourselves that we can be.. or perhaps it's actually accepting that we already are... 

Happy 2019. I hope this year is off to a beautiful start. I can't wait to see where this year takes The Style Storm. 

Love, Christina

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