Friday, December 28, 2012

Embracing 2013

I was beginning to worry over the weekend when I still had no clue what my one word for 2013 would be.

I had a good back-up word but it just wasn't the word that called to my heart..."This.  This is what you need to do in 2013."

As I sat quietly in my apartment on Christmas eve I was thinking of how different life can be sometimes and you just have to accept change....

The word embrace came to mind.

Sitting there quietly I began to realize this was my word.

There are several definitions for the word embrace including: accept willingly and to avail oneself to.

2012 was a year of daring to get out of my comfort zone and choose to do brave things.
I want to continue to make those choices.

To embrace a life of living daringly.
To embrace adventure.
To embrace love.
To embrace change.
To embrace the relationships in my life.
To embrace the messy.
To embrace hope.
To embrace MY story.
To embrace the new things He has for me.
To embrace joy.

I have been waiting for the excitement that comes with finding your one word and it is here.

I am ready to embrace 2013 and all it has in store!

Do you have a one word for 2013?  What is it?

Linking up with the OneWord365 community!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Reflections on Living Life Daringly.

My oneword for 2012 was Dare.  My original dare post... and the posts from this year of dare.

                                                              Source: via Christy on Pinterest

A few months ago I wanted so badly for this year to end.  2012 has been one of my most challenging years yet and I wasn't sure how my oneword was fitting into a year full of frustration, disappointment, and hopelessness.

I had the phrase live life daringly come to me one day and I really thought my year was going to go amazingly.  I also chose the word dare because I wanted to chose to be courageous in some things.  I wanted to dare to step out and do things…even if it meant being scared. 

The first nine months of this year were hard.  So very hard.  I was doing the ugly cry at least once a week and desperate for a change in my life…any change.

For several months it seemed like dare was the wrong word.

Yet a dear friend would often remind me this is your year of dare… dare to hope.

Dare to hope.

It became my theme for the year.

I dared to hope for big things.  I dared to hope for little things.

Some days felt hopeless and those are the days I would repeat verses to myself as a reminder there was hope.  My favorite two from this year:

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.  Hebrews 6:19a
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.  Hebrews 10:23

Daring to hope was scary.  And I am here to tell you at the end of this year…it’s a courageous thing. 
I also dared to allow myself to let go of some of the things I had envisioned for myself.  I dared to trust Him fully. With that I applied for jobs I wasn't exactly qualified for but knew if I got one I would work hard and enjoy it and I put myself out there in the dating world (online…eep!).  

I was pretty sure nothing would come of my choices but at least I had dared to put myself out there...
Yet here I am sitting at the desk of my new job and loving every second (even the boring days with no students) and making plans to spend New Years Eve with a man I adore.

I learned living life daringly means accepting defeat some days... and yet choosing to get up the next day and try again.
It means letting go of some dreams so new ones can take their place.
It means daring to hope even when you feel utterly hopeless.
It means ugly crying and letting go...and then choosing to move forward in hope and trust.

While I am not too disappointed 2012 is coming to a close I cannot help but look back and see beauty...even on the hard days.  And how hope and trust sustained me in the most amazing ways.

Tomorrow I am going to share my OneWord for took a lot of pondering to come up with it but once I found it...I am so excited to see what comes from it!

Did you choose a word this year?  What was it and how has it been a theme for you?


Monday, December 24, 2012

Hello and Welcome!

To the new home of Critty Joy Blog.

Lots of things are going on behind the scenes as I try to figure things out and the old posts are may just take me some time to figure it out.

I hope you will join me here as I spruce up my new home and make it a reflection of me.