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Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year, New Attitude

As I sit here on New Years Day reflecting on 2008 I am determined that 2009 is going to be my best year yet! 2008 was a great year for us. So many things have changed in the last year and I am really excited when I think about everything God has done.

One of the biggest changes for me was finding a new church. I have always gone to the church I grew up in...sure there were times I didn't go, but for the most part I have always been there. At some point that changed. I felt God telling me He had somewhere else I needed to be, I just didn't know where. I am not really the type to do things by myself...especially when it comes to visiting a new church. So, for Easter in 2008 Jodi & Brad invited the whole family to come to the service at NewSpring. I have been to some powerful services, but never one like that. I spent a good part of the service in tears and I could just feel God telling me I needed to be there.

If you know me at all, you know I am not a morning person, but Sunday is a different story. I look forward to NewSpring every week. After the first Saturday night service at Easter I became a regular attender. Then a few weeks later I joined the church. Originally I wasn't sure about moving my membership, but when you consider I knew God wanted me to be there, it didn't make sense to wait. I haven't looked back since. I started working with the Student Ministry at the Anderson campus over the summer, and even went to The Gauntlet in July. Then I got to help launch the Greenville campus in July and have been there ever since. I have never enjoyed church more than I do now. The best is yet to come!

My most recent step at NewSpring was to join a home group. I have met some of the greatest girls this way. My home group is amazing, and I am so thankful for them. We are really developing some strong bonds and great friendships are forming as well. I can't wait to see what is going to happen over the next year as we continue to grow closer to God as a group.

I also got a new job in 2008, and it has proven to be the change I needed! I became a hospital employee on April 14th, and as a result I changed offices. I have actually been at the hospital for a little over 2 years now, but because I was a contract employee the benefits were horrible. Now, not only do I have better benefits, Alexa has a new daycare. I was a bit hesitant to move her at first, but the truth is it only made sense. Now we are in the same building and she has the sweetest teachers. I am so glad I made the decision to move her when I did! She is also taking dance at the daycare which is nice as well.

2008 was a great year for us, and I am so excited as we look forward to 2009. I have been thinking about the goals I have for this year, and the goals I set for last year. I think one of my problems with goals is vision. I set goals, and I typically think they are attainable, but when they are out of my line of vision I totally forget about them. So to try and keep up with my goals this year I'm going to do monthly updates.

As I was reading Lindsey's blog today I got to thinking about the resolutions, scratch that, goals I have for 2009. So for now I'm going to post my major goals, and then in a separate post I'm going to break them down into specific steps needed to achieve them.

Be more organized
Be more intentional
Be a better mommy
Spend more time reading the bible
Eat better/exercise more
Get my finances in order

What goals do you have for 2009?

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