Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Beginnings

I was recently reading an interesting  blog post by Michelle over at "Emerald Cove," all about new beginnings and dealing with internal struggles, trusting yourself and finding your path.  It was interesting to me because she said out loud so many of the things that I think and feel about myself.

Then I was over at "Be Yourself.... everyone else is taken" and Beth did a post on finding your New Years word.  I have to admit that I've never heard of finding a word for the New Year.  Apparently this word thing has been around for awhile and I must live in a cave since I've never heard of it.  In fact, after I mentioned that to her, Beth sent me a little note and told me my new name is "cave woman."  That cracked me up!  But go ahead, Google "Pick a word 2012" to read more about it.  Kinda cool concept.

Ever since I was in high school I have been saying "What do I want to do with my life?"  And here I am 30 something years later and I still don't know.  I always feel like what I'm meant to be doing is just beyond my grasp....  and my sight.  I'm not artistic enough to paint or make jewelry or do crafts.  I despise math.  I hate to sit at a desk.  Unfortunately, I can't spend my entire day geocaching or sitting on a beach and playing with shells.  Even tho I give it a good try.......

And so I feel like I'm in constant motion, looking around the bend for just the right thing to hold my interest, light my fire, maybe earn me some extra money.  Something inspiring.  I never feel good enough, or smart enough or creative enough.  Everything is always such a struggle.  Someone else always gets the breaks, or has the luck, or comes out on top.

But then I stop to think and I hold fast to the thought that "Life is all about the journey and not the destination."  And I remember that I have what God wants me to have, I am exactly where He wants me to be and I am exactly who I am supposed to be.    Maybe part of my problem is that I'm not realizing that I already do the most important things I can be doing - Have faith in God and raise good kids.  We are blessed - My husband and I run a business, I married the love of my life and I have a great family.  We are all healthy.  Why am I always looking for more?

There's nothing wrong with wanting more.  Or better.  Or even different.  There's nothing wrong with trying to tweak things a bit.  But for 2012 I'm going to spend more time looking inward at what I already have, instead of outward at what I haven't got.  My word for 2012 is going to be listen.

The New Year always brings with it an element of hope and the promise of a new beginning. Wishing all of you a Happy New Year. What do you really want for the New Year?

So from my family to you and yours - Happy New Year!


  1. I think most of us go through this Kim. I did a post on my Lupus blog a while back about having a purpose...that I was looking for and needed a purpose in my life.

    I'm always kicking myself, and think "this isn't good enough", or "that isn't good enough" I always think "I could have done better" I will take something apart and redo it 10 times if I have to, to get it perfect.

    I love this picking one word, and I'm going to ponder this today. I never make resolutions...because I hate to fail. But one word for the year...I can do that.

    I think you are one awesome lady, and I totally admire you! You inspire me!!!

    Have a blessed and wonderful New Year!

  2. kim, this is a beautiful post and your word seems most fitting. listen was actually on my "big" list but didn't make it to the narrowed down i'm thrilled that it's yours.

    i hope i didn't offend you by calling you cave was name thrown out to you with love.....xo

  3. What a great post! I certainly relate to how you feel.. and you sure said it well! I hope you have the best year yet in 2012! Happy New Year!!

  4. I think it's great to stop and appreciate what you have. One of my neighbors recently had a stroke (she is only in her early 50s) so I really appreciate my and my family's good health.

    You have a beautiful family! Happy New Year!

  5. Ok, so I googled that and a whole bunch of posts and links show up! Were you referring to one in particular?

    I really like the idea and am thinking on a word! I like yours a lot! Not for me though, I already do plenty of listening! ;o)

    That question you ask ("What do I want to do with my life?" ) really resonates with me as well! I've been on the fence about it for a while now, and I really need to get off the fence and come to a decision, at least something to plan a path for the next couple of years. I think most people ask that question of themselves several times throughout their lives. But you're right, it's the journey not the destination which counts!

    Happy New Year! :o)

  6. Cris: No, not one in particular. I was just amazed at how many people knew about the word thing.

    I hope y'all come back and let me know what word you chose.

  7. That makes two of us! (surprised I mean) I'm still thinking on two words...

  8. Well said, Kim. I think you are awesome - you can write, you geocache with passion, you love shells, and you make people feel important. I like your word; it would be a good one for me, too. I'll have to think of one.
    Happy New Year!!!

  9. Great post Kim..... I too think...what should I do with my life? I'm not a career woman, I'm just a mom....but my major accomplishments are my kids....I think they turned out pretty good! I am 52 but still don't know what I want to be when i grow up!!
    I think you are pretty amazing!! love you!


  10. I've never heard of the word thing either so I guess we live in the same cave! :)

    "But for 2012 I'm going to spend more time looking inward at what I already have, instead of outward at what I haven't got"....this is the best idea ever. All too often I get wrapped up in what I don't have (mostly concerning my house) and not focusing enough on the wonderful family I do have. Great words of advice.

  11. My youngest daughter just got married in I'm going through the whole "now what do I do?" thing.
    I love the idea of a word for the New Year. I'll need to think on that a bit. :)

  12. Hi Kim~
    so eloquently stated!!
    you summed it all up just beautifully..
    our thoughts exactly!!
    if I have to define me/my wants all in one word..
    gonna have to think about it!!
    have a beautiful shiny Happy New Year!!
    warmest hugs!

    As in what you blog has brought me...
    As in the way I feel when I think of you...
    As in how I want to be to others as you are to everyone...
    You are truly an inspiration, not only in this heart-felt work of art but in many of your posts all year long.
    Yes, I believe my word will be INSPIRATION!
    Happy New Year Kiddo, make it your best one yet!


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