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Let’s Make 2017 a Better Year!

For many, 2016 was a tough year. For me, it was probably the hardest year I’ve ever been through. Going through tough times can do one of two things. It can break you, cause you to fall, make you unable to get back up again, and lose sight of who you are. OR it can make you ten times stronger than what you were before, give you a boost to change some things in your life, and jump start a positive change. IF you let it. 

Goals and Resolutions 2017

I want to go into 2017 with a positive outlook. When we let ourselves get down and start focusing on wrongs that have been done to us or bad things that are happening around us, we are setting ourselves up for a depressing time apart from God. God’s in control so let’s take a deep breath and give our worries and stress to Him this upcoming year.

Instead of focusing on negatives things, I am choosing to focus daily on Godly things and keeping my heart and mind open to hearing God.

I usually have this huge, mega list of things I would love to accomplish in the upcoming year, but never do. At least that where my mind is every January 1st. I sit down, think about what I’d like to do this upcoming year and then immediately tell myself it will never happen. As human beings, I think it is just too easy to talk ourselves out of our goals. We will always come up with some excuse.

It is so much easier to fail than it is to succeed.

“I’m too busy, I don’t have time, We don’t have a babysitter, I feel uncomfortable, I’m not good enough. I’ll never be good enough.” The list will go on and on if you don’t put an end to it.

So let’s put an end to all of our dumb excuses! Because that’s what they are. DUMB. 

I will be super honest with you guys, I am the queen of excuses. These are just a few I let control my life- I am an introvert. I am antisocial and am basically a hermit. I always have been. And sometimes I feel like I always will be.

I’m can occasionally be good at disguising this setback of mine. When I started working I became somewhat better at socializing, but it makes me extremely uncomfortable making small talk with people. I loathe it. Whew, I said it.

It’s very hard to combat those feelings. I feel as though people won’t like me. That I’ll have nothing interesting to say and I’ll look like a moron. It’s a real struggle for me. It always has been. It is also an EXCUSE. An excuse to not get out and live my life. An excuse to not have friends.

 But you know what? I want to be done with excuses this year!

One thing I have wanted to do for so long is run a marathon. It has always been a goal of mine. Not sure why, but I’ve just been drawn to it. Yet my excuses always hold me back. They will always win if you let them.

I am a pro at saying, “I’ll start tomorrow, I promise!” And the of course I never do. I’m not the only one here, we all do it.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if at the end of 2017 we all had huge lists of things we actually accomplished? I hope and pray I am able to kick things up a notch this year and work on myself and really put some time and effort into growing as a human being, mentally and physically.

You know what, nothing is stopping me except ME.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

Let’s remember this verse as we head into 2017. We have the biggest supporter on our side. He is rooting for you and me. Whatever your goal is this year, pray about it, ask God to give you the strength and endurance to achieve it!




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  1. I am fortunate to have had a wonderful [challenging] year of personal and professional growth in 2016. I’m looking forward to more of the same in 2017.

    1. That’s awesome! I’m hoping 2017 will be a year of growth for me in those aspects as well 🙂

    2. That’s awesome! I’m hoping 2017 will be a year of growth for me in those aspects as well 🙂

  2. I could relate! 2016 wasn’t the best year for me either and I’m looking forward 2017 in a positive light. Thank for sharing the lovely quote on Philippians 3:14. Amen to that – 2017 is going to be great year!

  3. I love the thought that nothing is stopping us except us. It is so true and so easily forgotten. 2017 is going to be great!

    1. Absolutely, I think once we realize that it’s all in our heads, we can really begin to grow.

  4. Oh I so feel you on this one. I, too, am a bit of an introvert. It can be very difficult to get out of that shell. However, I find if I can stay out of my own head I am more likely to accomplish what I want to. I guess in a way this is not allowing the excuses.

    1. If only we could stay out of our heads! Lol. It can be a challenge sometimes..

  5. I agree. Would love to make this year a great one. Many goals to reach. Yes I am guilty of the silly excuses. I need to eat healthier and get in shape. Thank you for the positive article !!

    1. You’re welcome! I need to eat healthier as well. I think we can all improve in some aspect in our lives.

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