Monday, January 5, 2009

Fresh starts

Happy 2009!

The new year is here, and that indeed makes me a very happy girl.

Two times of the year I simply adore are early January (new years) and early August (back to school - I work in academia and have school age kids). I love them because they feel like a fresh, new start. I believe strongly in fresh, new starts. So does God, by the way.

I get totally jazzed buying new notebooks in August, or virgin-paged journals in January. I get excited as I choose the planners or storage containers which hold for me that sweet promise of more clarity and organization. I revamp my schedule. I deep clean my house. And I look forward eagerly to what God has in store for me in the months ahead.

(This is not my desk, by the way, but one that motivates me to go clean mine.)

Yes, yes, I know I will fail to some degree. I know I won't get every single nook and cranny cleaned and organized. I know I won't follow through 100% with all my new check-lists and schedules. But that's totally OK. I wouldn't dream of not doing it because I know it won't last perfectly. I need the motivation I feel now to get done what it will help me to get done. Besides, I enjoy the giddiness I feel at the prospect of making some improvements and changes.

The way I see it is, if I plan to walk a mile, and only make it half way - well that's a half mile more than I would've walked had I not been motivated enough to get off the couch.
So, are you like me and jazzed about the new year? What do you do to prepare for it? What are you doing to capitalize on this fresh new start?

Or are you the bah-humbug type, rolling your eyes at me through out this post? If you are, that's OK by me ... but then again, now is a great time to make a change to that attitude! ;0)

New Year's Blessings ~ Rachel


  1. I love a New Year too! It's very motivating to get things done and to have a clean fresh outlook on things!

  2. Happy New Year! That photo you posted, do you by chance remember where you got it from? I love that little spring stool! It would go great in my scrapbook office!

  3. Hey Jill. The good news is I can tell you about the stool in the picture. It's called the Swopper and you can read more at It's suppose to be really good for your body and posture.

    The bad news is, it's kinda pricey at a cost of about $500. Have mercy, that'll buy a lot of scrapbook paper. It's super cute though! A resourceful hubby might could make one.

  4. Oh, I'm very much a new beginnings kind of girl, too. I spend quite a while journaling and focusing and mapping out my goals for the year.

  5. I am very much looking forward to the new year. I have a bunch of cool things happening (including coming to She Speaks with my daughter) I can't wait to see what God has planned.

    In Him,

  6. Happy New Year,,, A New attitude of Gratitude, yes I Love the new freshness of life, home, work, I also love the organization that comes along with it. I too love that stool but yes it is a bit pricey....
    Have a Blessed and Joy filled New Year

  7. Rachel,
    I'm with you starting the new year with a clean slate and de-cluttering my life, my house and my mind.
    Thanks for the inspiration to carry on.

  8. I'm so excited for the new year. I can't wait to see what God has in store for my family and myself. It's going to be a GREAT year!!
    Thanks for your blog. Love it.

  9. Rachel,
    I'm totally like you. I love to organinze. Yes it gets messy again but I like containers, and boxes and note pads and lists of things to do and take care of. Yup that's me (Ask hubby about the note pads) :0)
    So new studies of the word, new friendships to build and grow. Loving it.
    Have a great day.

  10. For me the New Year means, I've got to get busy getting things ready for tax time. My husband has been in business for himself since 1981 (he rebuilt grand pianos). I say rebuilt because he is partially retired now and doesn't do rebuilding anymore. He was really good. Back to what I have to do. When I quit work in 1999 I took over the job of doing his books (my sister-in-law use to do them - her husband, my brother-in-law is our tax man.) Yes, I have to start in January (subcontract lists) and cleaning out files to start a new year. It takes me a while to do everything thing so everything will be ready to take to my husband's brother before April 15th. I usually have everything done earlier than that though.

    My house gets a thorough cleaning before Thanksgiving.
    And that girls is how my New Year starts. Not very exciting. lol

  11. Rachel...

    This is anonymous from Lysa's blog and I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your prayers!

  12. Hi Annonymous. I felt the Spirit of God stir strongly over me when I prayed for you this morning - so be encouraged, God has got you in His loving sight!

    God's love is the most transformational force in the universe. And I believe He is focusing it on you now.
    Hugs ~ Rachel


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