a new perspective


Today is my thirty-eighth birthday. I woke up early this morning intending to spend time setting new goals and dreaming big for the year ahead. This is a yearly tradition for myself; I like to think about where I am, where I want to go, who I want to become, think big for our future and then figure out the steps I need to take to move closer towards seeing those dreams come to fruition. It’s no secret that I am a dreamer… Jamie would probably tell you that sitting down and dreaming about the future is one of my love languages and the way to my heart.

But something different happened this morning. As I started thinking to the future and worked to define new goals, something inside of me told me to just stop, reflect and give thanks. As my mind wandered through the blessings in my life, my heart nearly exploded as I thought through the people who fill my life with greater joy than any accomplishment, dream, wedding or project ever will. My family… my tribe… my people. They are my dream and the best part of life.

Dreaming big is a beautiful thing… but sometimes it causes you to rush past the beautiful life you might already have. It can be a struggle to find the balance of wanting more for your future while just being content in the moment. In the past I’ve feared that contentment would lead to complacency, but as I’ve grown older I’ve come to realize that contentment leads to greater joy.

So this morning I am going to hit the pause button on all my dreaming and scheming to be still, give thanks and enjoy the people I get to call “mine”.

And… of course I walked away with a few new goals for this beautiful year ahead. What are they? To love more fiercely, to give thanks more often, to choose joy and to be content through whatever my circumstances may be. Something tells me these new goals will give me the strength to soar to even greater heights.

Thirty-eight… you might be the best year yet.

photography: Alanna Maria Photography 

  1. Kathy says:

    Aw, this was beautiful. I agree…dreaming makes me impatient sometimes — wishing for something to be that is not yet. Totally true that there is a balance to be struck otherwise we miss being content, and there is so much to be thankful for.

  2. Barbara says:

    Beautiful post! I turned 60 this year and I have been doing a lot of thinking about the future.
    I think that time to spend with those you love is the most important thing. I have not always done that, I let work goals take over my life. And you can’t get those years back.

  3. Crystal says:

    I loved the words of this post. As my birthday comes around soon, I too often contemplate on the year that was and how I can create more the following year. It’s always a bittersweet recollection, as one can tend to dwell on the things that were not… yet. I’m encouraged by your post to give thanks more. Thank you.

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