It’s the beginning of a new year. I’ve moved back in with my parents (as of last night) yet again. Wait for a second because I need to count on my fingers. Yup, this makes the 4th time I’ve moved back in with my parents in my adult life, if you want to be technical about it. Just over a week ago, I moved out and into my RV. Why, then, you may ask, did you move back in with your parents? Yeah; it’s complicated. I’ll have to address that at a later time.
Anyway, it’s the beginning. A new beginning. A fresh start. I’m here, but I don’t have to stay here. The funny thing is that it’s just another day, and I find myself wondering why it matters that the calendar says it’s a new year. But it does matter. Even though I know it’s just another day and think that it is silly to feel different on this day, it does matter. There is just something about the freshness of a new year. We’ve never experienced 2013 before. Maybe that’s it. We’ve experienced Tuesdays. Lots of Tuesdays. And we’ve experienced Januarys. But we’ve never experienced 2013. It’s new in a way that other days aren’t.
And that is probably why people tend to make resolutions. I never have been big on New Year’s Resolutions, but, I don’t know, I guess I feel different this year. I think I want to do it. So I chose my first “resolution” earlier this morning. I want to post a vlog for every day this year. It’s going to be challenging, frustrating, fun, and rewarding, I think. I’d like to resolve to post a blog every day, but I don’t think I would be able to follow through on that. Too many times, I get writer’s block with blogging because I feel like it has to be to a certain standard to be publishable. Not so with video blogs.
I’m thinking about what other resolutions I might make for the new year. What about you? What resolutions are you making or would you like to make (if you actually thought you could follow through)?
Did you know that when a cat leaves his … you-know-what – uncovered in the litter box, that he may actually be directly insulting you? Now, you could pay him back by refusing to clean out his box, but then, of course, he may respond in kind. My suggestion? Clean the litter box well and often, and give your kitty some love.
Now, enjoy this picture of Tumbles, who has, thankfully, started consistently covering his, well, you know.
A little blurry, sorry!
I am grateful for good, forgiving friends who are willing to be patient with me and all my flaws! Thank you, guys, for loving me in spite of mistakes and allowing me to be close to you! You know who you are!
I’m thankful for a God who cares about every feeling I have and doesn’t get mad at me for feeling what I feel. He is patiently teaching me that I can choose how those feelings do or do not affect my actions much more often than I thought I could. He is reminding me that even when I feel overwhelmed, he hasn’t left me, and even when I feel devastated, he has good things planned for me. So, I guess I’m also thankful that there’s a truth that is much more powerful than my human feelings.
My husband is someone I’m always thankful for. I’m so proud of him for surviving this deployment, and I’m so happy that it’s almost over and I will get to have him home with me before too long. I’m grateful that he has stuck with me, even when I’ve made it difficult. Not only that, but he’s always willing to look at himself and try to make changes to make himself better. At this rate, he should be literally flawless in another 5 years or so…
Finally, I’m thankful for my sweet kitty cat who, throughout the last few months, has become more sweet than ever. He rarely bites me any more, but he does cuddle me – lots. He’s great company. Did I really want to throw him in the dumpster a few months ago? lol
What are you thankful for this week?