I love New Years, perhaps even more than Christmas!
Not everyone shares this sentiment, but for me, it's a blank page, a new start, fresh hope!
My word for 2015 was 'Restoration' - after burning out in 2014, I needed time out, time to reflect, time to restore and to just be!
As I look back, it certainly wasn't the year I had envisaged this time last year! But there were many positives and blessings. And for those I am thankful and grateful.
For some reason, it's perceived as a bad thing to fail! Whether that's in business, relationally, spiritually, creatively! I've learnt that sometimes failure is good, because you learn stuff! You learn so much more about yourself and those around you, and if you are open minded enough to absorb that learning, look forwards and not backwards, you might just take a step forward, develop vision and start believing in better once again.
From all the highs and lows in my 2015 I have done some restoring, but mostly I have done a lot of refining! I have refined my dreams, my capabilities, my boundaries, my self-confidence.
And as I go into 2016, my word for the year is HOPE. I know there will be some down days, a failure or two, lows as well as highs, but that's ok, because that is glorious, wonderful life. And this life is worth living from a place of hopefulness and expectation.
I pray that as you go into 2016, you will be unburdened by your past, you will choose to live this year differently from the last many years, that no matter your age, you will grow wings and fly on the thermals of hope and expectancy that this year will be different and better.
I'm waiting for an awesome 2016! How about you!