Mid Week Motivator : Happy New Year

This year has gone by quickly hasn’t it?  As a child a year seemingly took forever, but now time is stuck on a fast forward button. It can seem daunting to realize that a new year is here. That your not quite ready for it to be over. I know I’m not.

Time marches on no matter what snags or walls we run into. As we begin a New Year, possibility and hope hang in the air. Plans are made or recommitted to.

 

But remember this, each year  is an adventure. Perhaps not one you particularly wanted or hoped for. But an adventure nonetheless. Think about how much you planned to happen and what actually did end up happening. The best things that happened to me this year were unplanned. Something I’ll be thinking over as 2015 draws to a close.

 

[Tweet “plan but also make room for adventure “]

 

What do you hope for the coming year?

 

 

The Year of Being Stretched

For the past few years I have chosen a word to define and shape my year. In years past I have chosen Yes, Love, Boldness. This year was the year of Stretch.

It has been a year of ups and downs. Of grieving the loss of lives gone too soon, and others at the end of years of battling illnesses. A year of medical diagnosis’, witnessing the fragility of health. A year of evolving friendships, some getting closer while others stagnated.

It has been a year of changes at work. Adjusting to a new boss, being challenged with my writing. Finally ,being offered a new job in ministry with kids. Something I never pictured myself doing. Truly, a lesson in what God does through me, shows more than I ever believed.

It has been a year of gaining weight and finding myself searching for motivation to eat well and exercise.

Seeing God work through all of that and work in me too. Forcing me to face my neediness and jealousy issues. To pull back the layers of the why behind it all.

By choosing a word for the past few years, it has allowed for clarity[Tweet “By choosing a word for the past few years, it has allowed for clarity”]. For me to view and process through it. Choosing a word each year allows me more freedom in achieving my dreams and goals. I’m not sure about my next word or if there will be one at all. Perhaps it has been decided already, yet to be revealed.

 

Have you done One Word 365? What was your word and how was your year?

 

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Mid Week Motivator : Goal Setting

In just a short while we will be saying goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016! This year certainly has flown by for me at least! That being said, a few of my goals have been met and others simply fell to the wayside. As it happens in this journey called life

I’ve learned something crucial though about goals and setting them. Here are three things that have stood out to me.

1-We romanticize them. I know I have done this, fantasing about how I would accomplish it or what life would look like once I did. I can tell you that achieving a goal looks entirely different then what I had imagined. Only to end up feeling disappointed or sad that it was or over.

2- Achieving a goals or goals often means working towards smaller goals first. This part is often overlooked, look at what steps or gains you need to achieve before getting to the main goal. When I started running, I had to first run a lap without stopping before I ran a half marathon.

3- Goals can change and that’s ok. Here is the truth, our lives, schedules and dynamics can change. A backburner goal can become your main goal. You may find you have more time for one thing and not another. This may mean pushing back a due date or rethinking your strategy.

And one last thought, January first is not a deadline to start . While it does fit in nicely, it being the first day of the new year and all. But it isn’t necessarily the right day for you to start. [Tweet “start your goals at the right time for you. “]

New Home

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For the past two years this blog has been on WordPress.com. I have gained followers and learned so much about the ins and outs of blogging.

I am so grateful for my regular readers and new readers.

Today I officially launch my new website! Join me at Lindasharonconnelly.com from now on. You will be able to research older posts, read series and new posts. I also hope add more samples of my writing outside of blogging in the future. This is a place where my hope is you find comfort, hope and joy. I look forward to what the future holds!

A place to call home on the internet. 

Welcome to my New Home!

It was just over two years ago, after coming through a weight loss and spiritual journey that I decided to start blogging again. My previous blog had been more of a personal online journal. This time around I wanted to share my insights on my health journey.

 

So began Gaining Life as I called it. Starting on Blogger, moved to WordPress and now thanks to Wendy Delfosse, I know have this website. My own corner on the interwebs so to speak!

[Tweet “Welcome to my new home! lindasharonconnelly.com!”]

Here I hope to continue on my writing journey. To share what lies on my heart. I feel compelled to speak up for not only health, but also for writing and for victims of sex trafficking. I hope in some small way to engage in conversation and also some action too.

I thank all of you who have been reading this blog for a while, I hope you continue to enjoy it. And a welcome to those just discovering me! My hope is that you find encouragement and hope here! For this to feel like home to you. A place of comfort, relaxation and learning. I hope you continue to follow me on this journey.

 

 

 

 

Story Monday: The Story of Christmas

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The first Monday of each month I focus on story. Today, I am focusing in on the story of Christmas.

It is hard to miss the fact that it is Christmas season. Decorations have been put up, party inventations are being sent out, Christmas music is playing non stop in the stores. Beyond all this glitter is a deeper story. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy all the glittery aspects of this time of year. Watching my favorite Christmas themed films and specials. Spending time with family and friends while enjoying the tastes of this season. Perhaps a bit too much at times.

In all of the hustle and bustle of this month, running from one event to another that this is also a season of waiting and anticipation. Forgetting the story and reason behind all the glitter.

It is a story of God choosing to reconcile us to him. Leaving behind the security of heaven to come down to earth in the form of a human. To live and suffer amongst us. To experience all the joys, happiness, sadness and struggles. All the while knowing we would betray him, misunderstand him, and forget. Yet, he still chose to rescue us.

As I consider and savor the story of Christmas. I keep running into that word, chose. God chose to reconcile us with Him. He chose all that would follow.

This is my reflection this advent season, as I read through my devotional, as I ponder the gifts to make and decorate. I find myself stopping moment to moment to simply ponder. To stand in awe. God chose to come down to us. To meet us in our mess and sin.

How wonderful is that? This is a story of hope being delivered to us. A time of anticipation and reflection. In the midst of the busyness of this season, don’t forget the story behind Christmas.

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Mid Week Motivator: Saying No

This is a month more than any other where much is asked of us. Between work and family obligations, parties, shopping and food it can be overwhelming. Let me tell you a not so secret, it is fine to say NO.

No to that party.
No to the request for 200 cookies.
No to a gift exchange.

Saying NO doesn’t mean that you don’t care. Taking on more than you can handle because of feeling those expectations thrust upon you is nothing more than a disservice to yourself.

Say  YES to those things you truly have a heart for. Say YES to what brings you joy. Say YES to what serves your family and lifestyle best.