Sweet 2016

Happy New Year and welcome to 2016.

I have a colossal pile of positive, overflowing, warm and tingly thoughts going into this year and I can't wait to see what God is going to do with all of them.  I'm carrying them around like a little girl carries a wiggly puppy squirming with love and kisses and tail wags.  Or in my case, tail feather shakes.

I'm not much into numerology but in late December, I turned 44.  When I turned 43 the year prior, my son said it was going to be a great year for me because the numbers were our family's way of saying "love you"  4-3 (love-you)  four letters, three letters.  I was sad to see 43 go because it was the year we launched Frantic Finch even though my family survived some pretty major setbacks along the way.  But this year 2016 is going to be love-love.  Twice the love in my 44th year going into 2016 and 4 times 4 = 16.  It's a fun line of thinking and as I was pondering it, it reminded me of when I turned 16.

Sweet 16.  2016 is going to be a sweet year.  Who's with me?

Remember when everything seemed new and possible when you turned 16?  Still a teenager full of youth, hope and promise, but the adult in you was looking over their shoulder motioning for you to catch up.  All the roads were laid down before you and freedom seemed only a gas tank away.

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From the moment I woke up in 2016, I made myself a promise to recapture some of that unlimited potential. I'm going to have my very own Sweet 16 again, but this time I'm going to have life experience and wisdom peppered in to guide me! Unless all of that life experience and wisdom makes me stumble. For me at least, sometimes age and experience makes me jaded and I won't try new things or dare to entertain the idea of grabbing opportunities. I know what can go wrong, but baby, what if something goes right? When you're sixteen - EVERYTHING and ANYTHING is possible!

Have your sweet 16 (again) in 2016.

I am.

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I promise myself to dream and believe and reach and try like I did when I was 16!  I've got my proverbial car keys and a full tank of gas.  I can stay out until midnight on the weekends.  No - wait.  Back up.  I can stay up late and wake up early chasing my dreams and my dreams will start chasing me.  I've read that if you have a constant visual reminder of what your heart desires then you will draw those aspirations into your life.  I've never had a vision board in any of my 44 years but it felt right this year.  On January 1, 2016, the whole house was quiet, the neighbors dogs weren't barking and the sun was just beginning to stretch it's orange-pink arms over the mist and trees. Still in my pajamas and enjoying a cup of coffee in my fine Frantic Finch mug, I designed my first ever vison board.  I want to focus my energy around four areas of my life so in each of the four corners, I labeled FAMILY * FAITH * FINANCE * FITNESS and then I put the Frantic Finch logo in the center.  I set my Vision Board on my writing desk and leaned it against the wall.  Not too shabby for a first try.  I stood back and admired my creation and started thinking about all the goals, and notes and clip art and ideas I'm going to pin on each corner of my board for daily inspiration!

Good Morning 2016.  Pull up a chair, I'll pour you a cup of coffee and let's see what we can do this year.  But first.  Let's pray.

Dear God - I thank you for your many blessings over our family.  Our life is full because you are the center of it.  Help our hearts to be grateful, our hands to be giving and our lips to be encouraging.  Our shoulders became weary from carrying the burdens of 2015 so we ask for Your help to lay those burdens down at the cross and to not take our eyes off of Your Glory.  Lord, we've become distracted with unimportant things so guide our steps to do the work you've set before each of us. Amen.

Here's to embracing our Sweet 16 in 2016! 

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2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things have passed away. Look, all things have become new.