Dear Me only draft 2
This time, this time for sure!”
Astrid Hofferson, How to Train Your Dragon
January 2019 is here and this is the year you change your life. This month and this year begin the journey to becoming the woman you want to be. You are going to eliminate the thinking, habits, and attitudes holding you back. All the achievements you’ve longed for await you now. The dragons of insecurity, fear, and doubt lay dead and useless.
I see seeds of success in you. You already possess what’s needed to meet your goals this year. You have intelligence, imagination, and determination. You’re strong, tenacious and fearless. Accomplishment will fill your future. You can do this. Nothing can delay, thwart, or block your plans for this year.
I am providing the one thing you lack—a framework.This year, I am setting goals for you to follow. These are not good intentions or wishful thinking; they are clear, fixed, and specific. I believe in you and I know setting proper, useful goals will make reaching them easier. In 2019, you will have them.
First, ground yourself in your faith. Your life as a Christian is paramount to your success. Remind yourself daily that you can do all things in Jesus’ strength and hang onto that thought. The Bible states you are a new creation, a conqueror, a victor in Jesus. Reflect on everything you possess and move forward in faith. Avoid replaying old scripts or reliving past injuries. Take out the trash inside your spirit. Forgive other people. Forgive yourself. Ditch grievances and abandon grudges forever. Rely on the Lord’s knowledge of who you really are and be confident in that. After all, He does know you better than anyone.*Wink* This is crucial and you need it more than you can imagine.
Next, establish some routines. Get up at the same time every day. You already have morning routines in place: feed the cats, write, eat breakfast, get dressed and pray. None of that is onerous, so add a few items. Knocking down cobwebs, tidying a room, mopping a floor, or clearing off counters are simple and doable. Once these routines become automatic, add more. Stick to slow and consistent improvement. Do not procrastinate or expect perfection—this thinking paralyzes you. Attempt something, or anything, to create a welcoming home. You will be astounded at the amount of peace, joy, and confidence this creates. Remember, you are doing this for yourself.
Your possess a gift for writing, so cease denying that gift and increase it instead. Use WDC to sharpen your skills. Enter The Cramp one dozen times this year. That’s once a month, well within your abilities. Enter the Lighthouse poetry contest six times this year. You have several weeks to submit an entry, so the deadline is easy to meet. I also expect you to write in a new genre. Become more active on WDC: contribute to the newsfeed, review other people’s work, and write that collection of advice to newbies. You already have an idea for a merit badge, so gather up your courage and your gp’s, then contact Storymistress. Encourage the other writers.
Edit your work. Yes, editing is painful and you dislike doing it, but if you want to be published, it’s necessary. Reorganize your port and fit together your writing thematically. In particular, assemble a folder of your spiritual, reflective, and inspirational pieces. This writing becomes the basis for publishing that book. Yes, I used the “P” word. Remember, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, even close editing and publication. I plan to throw that verse in your face all year, if necessary, so get used to it. You can and will achieve this. God knows you’re ready for this, and so do I.
Your writing is a gift from God. The book is His idea and the reason behind that folder you’re assembling. Reread your written journal entries and pay attention to what’s in them. Yes, I can hear you saying “Ugh.” Yes, the work is repetitive and forces you to look at old writing. But this presents a great opportunity. You have the freedom to improve all this material, to tie it together and shape these entries into something precious and valuable. Rereading the journals will inspire you and provide new insight which will lead to additional writing. I guarantee you will find new and expanded meaning in old entries. You aren’t leaving your past writings behind you, but combining them with the WDC folder entries. This offers a foundation for the book God is revealing to you. .
In January 2018, you attended a different church, and, boy, were you dissatisfied. You left that congregation and didn’t look back. For that, I’m proud of you. The new church suits you so much more. You’re freer to pray, praise, and worship as you want. The format is less restrictive and the people more varied. But now that you’re at another church, don’t stagnate. Start writing for the church. Share your thoughts about faith, spiritual gifts, reaching people, or anything else God prompts you to say. You have a unique and valuable perspective; share that with the people around you. Write something for the church every ten days, and talk with the pastors wife about this as a ministry. Don’t forget she’s a writer, too.
Contact six people this year who you’ve neglected, whether friends, neighbors, or relatives.Write notes, call or email people, and forward photos. These people help make up your life, so stay in touch. Get to know the neighbors, too. Write a thank you note to the people next door—that fudge was delicious. Bake cookies for the woman across the street. You’ve already met and spoken with them, so follow through and make them friends.
Finally, look after your health. You know how much losing weight will help your arthritis, your sleep apnea, and even your epilepsy. Lose a half pound to a pound each week, working toward a weight goal. Drink between forty and sixty-four ounces of water each day. Eat at regular intervals, slowly savoring each bite. Don’t eat food you don’t want, and trade processed food for fresher items, such as fruit, granola, and dairy. Return to the cholesterol diet plan you found and use it as a guideline for grocery shopping and meal planning. Don’t let other people’s food choices determine what or how much you eat. Cut back on noodles, potatoes, and bread.
Remember, you need exercise too. Become more active, starting now. Build exercise into your day. Take short walks daily and perform the stretching routine that was so successful before. Don’t skip a day, but get moving and keep moving. Being at home is no hindrance; stop telling yourself that lie. Climb the stairs more frequently, get down on your knees and clean beneath the furniture, and take time to dance. As you become fitter, you can attempt longer or more vigorous exercises. You can do this. I’m looking forward to seeing you improve your health.
Compared to what you’ve been doing, these are high expectations. The goals may seem challenging, but they also fit together. You begin your day with encouragement from the Lord, so allow that to set the tone for that day. Cleaning is additional exercise. Eating well provides you with energy to face the day. Writing forces your body to be still. Your writing, your participation on WDC, and contacting others are all communication. When you see the results from thes efforts, you’ll want to keep going.
I know you are able to accomplish these goals. I am your biggest cheerleader, your number one fan, and the voice urging you forward. Be encouraged, and step forward with faith and confidence. You shall do this. I guarantee it.