I start here. A new year bringing hope for anything new. Anything is possible when it is new. So I start here.
But in order to start anew, I believe it is important to say goodbye to what has been before. I have put together a few of my favourite shots from 2013. It is only a snapshot but it includes some of my favourite times from the year that has been.
The last year has seen many highs and also a few lows. I won't lie, there have been some exceptionally challenging things that Jonathan and I have walked through together. I have been looking forward to the start of 2014 for a fresh start and rejuvenation after quite an epic year. But when I look back and see how much our children have grown and the amazing experiences they and we have had, I can't help but feel a fondness for 2013. We have grown closer as a family and it is our goal this year to grow even closer. To spend more time growing and learning together as a family, along with our village who are an integral part of our family.
I am excited for new possibilities. Gracie starts school in 2 weeks! Kindy will be a new and challenging experience for us all. But personally, I have had some personal demons to overcome this past 12 months and so this new year is for me a new era in more than one way. I am seeking to get to know my Jesus this year on a level I have not known Him before. Even though I always thought I knew God, I have come to realise that although I may know a lot about Him, I want so desperately to know Him, Jesus. The Man. The God. The Saviour. It will be an ongoing journey but a journey I am excited to embark on.
I want to continue to explore my photography. Learn more. Oh there is so much to learn! I am going to aim to complete another workshop at some stage. I'm not putting pressure on myself though. One thing I learnt last year is that putting pressure on myself to 'do' lots of things is no help to anyone. So there is the goal, but we'll take it one day at a time.
Overall this year is about slowing down. Taking time for ourselves, for each other and for our God. Enjoying what each day brings not just trying to get through each one. I've completed 3 terms of Yoga last year and I most certainly will be continuing this year. It has been amazing and I whole heatedly would recommend it to anyone. Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, it has really enriched me. Plus I can now touch my toes which I have never been able to do!
This will be a good year. I can feel it. I'm not saying there won't be any hard times or challenges, but as I discussed with someone only today, I think this year will be a good year.