Stepping Confidently Into 2019

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Happy New Year! This time of year is one of my favorites because it allows me to have a time of reflection on things that happened and preparation for what’s to come. On New Years Eve, I spent time journaling and praying, thanking God for all He had done that year. There were definitely seasons of hardship, doubt, and uncertainty. But there were also seasons of joy, hope and deep gratitude. As the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20, and looking back on last year, I can truly say that God was guiding me and watching over me. While I was journaling yesterday, the lyrics to one of my favorite songs popped in my head, “You were reaching through the storm, walking on the water, even when I could not see. In the middle of it all, when I thought You were a thousand miles away, not for a moment did you forsake me.”

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I love that the new year brings a sense of hope with a new beginning, a clean slate and new opportunities to achieve our goals. It also allows us to continue working towards dreams and aspirations that maybe didn’t come to fruition the year before. On January 1st, we can hit the refresh button and re-set our intentions and maybe create a new roadmap that will help us get where we want to go. There are so many dreams I have for my life, and I know that all of them aren’t going to happen in one year’s time, but I know I have 365 days to get my priorities straight and to work really hard!

This year, one thing that I want to work on is my confidence! I wouldn’t say that I’m totally lacking self-assurance, but there are definitely moments where I wish I had a bit more courage and confidence :) For example, getting up and talking in front of a group of people (even a small group) is not my forté. Public speaking is something I want to work on this year so that I can be more comfortable and confident talking in front of a crowd. Freddy and I are also planning on joining a gym in the new year which I’m so excited about! I’ve talked about working out on the blog before, and I’ll admit I’m not the best at sticking to my fitness commitments. This is my year to change all of that and prove to my former self that I can and will stick to a workout routine! My posture is not the best and when I walk by a mirror or a window and catch a glimpse of my curved shoulders it makes me want to cringe! By committing to a workout plan, I want to improve my overall health and wellness, and improve my posture which will help me walk with more confidence and poise :)

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Achieving these goals will take time and dedication, but I’m starting off with wearing a bold color. Why’s that? I find that when I put on an outfit that makes me feel good or when I wear a fun, bright color (or just pink in general!), it gives me a confidence boost and a small dose of courage and motivation to take on the world! For me, expressing myself through outfits is how I put my best foot forward and makes me feel like I can do anything. That definitely doesn’t mean I put my value and worth in what I wear, because ultimately my confidence comes from loving who I am on the inside and who God made me to be :) Fashion is just the outlet I use to try new things, express my mood for that particular day, or to inspire someone else to see things from a new perspective. This year, I’m challenging myself to step out of my comfort zone, to do what I say I’m going to do, and to make the most of each day that God gives me. I hope you’ll join me along the journey! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for believing in my blog and being a part of this community—it means more than you know! xo

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