2014 : A New Year = Promises + Plans + Possibilities

 

2014 block of green

 

Ah, welcome to 2014.

A new year full of promises, plans, and possibilities.

Yes, I’ve been away for a while (too long) and my blog has a gaping hole in it.  But I’m not going to fret about things in the past.

And you shouldn’t either!

Let’s make this year a time for focusing on the important stuff.  {Click here to tweet that thought.}

For me, the next twelve months will have laser-beam focus on the following:

Grace — I want to extend grace and forgiveness to my family, my co-workers, and to the world in general.  God has extended so much grace to me.  I want to do the same.

Gratitude — I take too much for granted.  It’s time to look at the smallest things and feel thankful for them.  Examples:  the heated seats in my car on a morning where the temperature is hovering around 11 degrees F; when my kids get along.  They are great kids, don’t get me wrong; however, it is pure bliss when they can be in the same room with each other for more than 15 minutes and co-exist.  Oh, how I love that.

Giving — In 2014 I want to ‘give’ by helping out more at home.  My wife handles SO MUCH of the day-to-day home-keeping tasks.  She needs a break.  And I need to step up and do my share.  I also need to be a better manager and coach at work.  I depend on my team members to do a lot.  And I need to be there for them — teach them, nurture them, and discipline them so they can become better at what they do.

Simplification (which continues to include some major de-cluttering projects) — This seems to be on my list every year.  I struggle with keeping my world clutter-free.  The plan is to simplify:  file away papers, keep my closet in good shape, keep clutter from accumulating in all the popular places (kitchen counter tops, dressers, in the car, and a few hundred other places.  It never used to bother me — but now — it does.  There are plenty of opportunities for de-cluttering my world.  {Click here to tweet that thought}

What about you?  What are your plans for the new year?

 

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  • Becky

    Thanks for sharing….your wife must be super excited. There is no better way to say I love you than to express value for your spouses contributions to your families successes.

    2014 is going to have a focus on optimism for me….looking for the bright spot in all situations. I’ve been practicing at the end of 2013 and it has impacted me in more ways than I even expected. I finally realize that I can’t control everything, in fact, I’m powerless and God is in control of the outcome. It is very freeing for me!

    • http://www.craftydad.com/ Michael @ CraftyDad.com

      Becky -

      Thanks for your comment!

      “Optimism” sounds like a great focus for the new year. While it’s really hard to see sometimes, I really think there IS a bright spot in everything. Have you read Ann Voskamp’s book “One Thousand Gifts”? If not, I HIGHLY recommend you get a copy. There’s a lot of optimism and gratitude contained in that book. I think you’ll enjoy it!

      I wish you all the best in 2014!

  • Becky

    Thanks for sharing….your wife must be super excited. There is no better way to say I love you than to express value for your spouses contributions to your family’s successes.

    2014 is going to have a focus on optimism for me….looking for the bright spot in all situations. I’ve been practicing at the end of 2013 and it has impacted me in more ways than I even expected. I finally realize that I can’t control everything, in fact, I’m powerless and God is in control of the outcome. It is very freeing for me!