Tomorrow is my 29th birthday. I’ve always been excited about birthdays. Never had the fear of growing older, and I choose to enjoy them to prevent that. Thankful that God gave me another year on this earth.
Something that I like to do leading up to each birthday is examine the last year of my life. What were weaknesses, strengths, disappointments, hopes, dreams, lessons learned, etc. I like to see how I’ve grown as a person, how I’ve changed. One of my life goals is to grow so much over the course of each year of my life that at the end of said year I can barely recognize myself, in a good way. I’m always trying to become a better person, to become more Christ-like. Taking stock of each year helps me to do that.
As I look back on my last year of life I make an unofficial list of things that I’d like to work on and keep growing. I literally don’t even right anything down, but just make a mental note of the things that I’d like to continue growing in. Then I say a simple prayer, “Lord, I pray that at the end of this year I will have become so much more like you that I can barely recognize myself.” I pray this every year, and every year God answers it.
This year though, I am adding one more thing. A list of affirmations. As I look at what God has done for me in 28 and what I am believing for in 29 I have made a list of affirmations to declare over myself throughout this next year of my life! I love speaking affirmations because they keep my focus on the things that I want. If you want them for yourself just click here to download them.
28 was a good year, but it was a hard year. One of the hardest (if not the hardest) of my life, truth be told. Sometimes though, good things don’t come through easy circumstances. This year has foraged me into the woman that I dreamed of being. I found my voice this year. I figured out what I actually want to do with my life this year (I always had a general direction for this, but I got the courage to move forward and nail down the specifics). Growing in motherhood, marriage, and friendships. All of these things have been huge markers of the success of this year (success isn’t always measured by money right?).
Yet the biggest thing that I learned in 28 was about intention. I learned that if I am not intentional about something it’s not going to get done. If I am not intentional about choosing God, family, joy, peace, friendship, blah, blah, blah, it’s going to fall away. If it’s not growing, it’s dying. It doesn’t seem like there is a standing still mode in life. This year in a very real and tangible way I realized that. Because of this lesson I come to 29 as a humble, grateful person who is set to intentionally care for and do the things that God has set before. This is one of those lessons that will effect me for the rest of my life, in a good way. So although it was hard. I am darn thankful for it, because without it I couldn’t accomplish any of what I am now accomplishing.
This Year’s Affirmations
- I am living an intentional life.
- My story is valuable and worth telling.
- I have something to offer people that is helpful and valuable.
- Love overflows out of my heart and affects those around me.
- God has given me all of the skills I need to live my best life.
To see the rest of my affirmations, click here to download them. Here’s to a great 29!