It hasn’t even been a full week into 2016 and I already feel something new stirring up inside of me. Is it the same for you? I feel myself changing, better yet, transforming. How you may ask? Well, for me, I chose to take a little break from my social media accounts to focus on just that— stirring up something new. Aside from my blogging, I have really said adios to other social media for a while to get more focused on this year and renew my mind and spirit.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Roman 12:2
Let’s remember that transformation begins in the mind. If our mind is cluttered, it becomes extremely difficult to move forward and unfortunately my mind had been quite occupied; hence, my previous post how sometimes we need to clean up our acts. So, I decided to clean up a little myself through a little R&R (rest and relaxation).
Focusing on myself by reflecting each December, along with thinking about what I am really hoping for in the next year, has grown to be one of my favorite things to do at the end of each year. If you don’t already do this, I highly recommend it. Take a second and jot down the moments where you were tested and persevered or perhaps you failed, tried again, and were taught a very valuable lesson. Next, think about how these moments affected and molded you. Now, what you can see yourself accomplishing in the coming future?
Each year, whether you like it or not, “we change.” Whether we are the driving force behind that change is up to us. Whether that change is for good or bad, well many times, it’s up to us as well. Since we know that we change, why not give ourselves a little more power behind it and work to “transform” ourselves for the better. Physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Make it a goal, stir up something new.
How would you like to see yourself transform this year? Whether you are hoping to switch up your diet by trying a few new healthier foods or recipes that you have detested in the past, that’s a start. Or could you try a new workout routine that had previously been too hard or you thought you just weren’t capable of at the time? Maybe you are looking to change careers and try something that feels right? Or most importantly, maybe you are lacking something spiritually and are looking to strengthen your relationship with the Holy Spirit. Let’s not be defeated mentally, but renew our minds and transform our bodies and spirits.
Here are a few articles that may help you to stir up something new and move into this new year to kick-off your healthy 2016 transformation:
- 10 Super-Healthy Food Trends You Haven’t Tried Yet (Eatingwell.com)
- 10 Fun Ways to Get Fit Without a Gym (Health.com)
- Also, if you need a new book to check out, I am currently reading an encouraging and eye-opening book I received as a present for Christmas entitled The Spirit-Filled Life by Dr.Charles F. Stanley. (thanks Mom! :))
Think about it. If we don’t take a moment to reflect on what we really want for ourselves or visualize it, we just get stuck in a routine that becomes comfortable and maybe not so great for us. But if we focus on moving forward toward the prize that God has for each of us (Philippians 3:14), take some time out to reflect and listen, along with exercising patience, then transformation will certainly occur over time.
It’s 2016. Cheers to a Happy New Year and Happy New You!