Onward & Upward

Another year comes to an end and many people will take this time to reflect on the year we leave behind, and make promises for the year ahead.

I’m not one to go big on New Year’s Eve, aside from popping some bubbly and watching the ball drop on TV, but my favorite part of the holiday is the hope.

As the ball drops at midnight, people look forward to what the new year holds. There will be good times, bad times, confusing times, trying times, a major presidential election, and at least nine celebrity scandals. But before all that, we countdown to January 1st with the hope of a better year ahead. We make resolutions for what we will and won’t do in the new year. And that’s great, but this year, I’m ready to change it up.

My parents would tell you that I was born an adult. Sure, I’m a goofball and I still wait at the top of the stairs on Christmas morning, but I’ve always been ready for what’s next. At three, I was a sassy little thing trying to rationalize with my mom. And as a teen, I was ready to zip through college and get on to my career. I acted older than my age (most of the time) and was mapping out my life decades in advance. I’m a planner and I like to have control of what happens in my life. That’s pretty unrealistic and often leads to my own disappointment. I’ll play out scenarios of the way things should go, and then life shows me a different hand. It’s frustrating and self-inflicting as I end up putting more and more pressure on myself to get to where I think I need to be. And that’s really no way to go through life.

My resolution this year is to hold on to that hope and let the big guy upstairs guide me. “I will walk by faith even when I cannot see.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) Hope is essential, and it’s what helps us go from one day to the next. I promise to myself that I’ll take life day by day and leave the big picture plan to God.

Cheers to a new year with endless possibilities and to keeping hope in our hearts all year long. Onward and upward in 2016!