Happy New Year: From #Reverb13 to #Cultivate14

Well, just as it happened to happen last year, the end of the semester crunch totally got the best of me yet again and I never got around to participating in #Reverb13. Sadness.

Last year I ended up just answering the December #Reverb13 posts in the month of January. This year, I found another solution: I’ve decided to sign up for Meredith Shadwill’s #Cultivate14 January blogging challenge. Same concept, different prompts – I think it will still be a good way for me to reflect on 2013 and work on moving forward in 2014.

In the meantime, however, I really liked this last #Reverb13 prompt and thought I would answer it here, to get things warmed up and to serve as a preview for the posts to come:

2014 is going to be MY YEAR because…I’ve learned and grown so much in 2013, and am ready to take what I’ve learned into 2014. I’ve realized that I can no longer take my loved ones for granted, and that I should show them how much I appreciate them every single day. I’ve reflected on what my needs are, and what kind of partner should enter my life to fulfill those needs. I’ve rediscovered having God and faith back in my life, and how this completely changes how I’m going to live each and every day. I’ve reminded myself how truly blessed I was in 2013, and will continue to be grateful for the blessings to come in 2014. Overall, I just feel so much happier, joyous, positive, and at peace, which can only mean many more good things are to come in the New Year.

In 2014, I am going to do…whatever God intends for me to do. To help things out a bit, I’m going to try to be the best person that I can be in 2014. I hope to be a kinder, more patient, and more loving daughter, sister, friend, teacher, and colleague and treat everyone with the respect that they deserve. I am going to try to give more – whether that is tithes to my church, or time spent with those I care about. I am going to try to reach my goals with mini habits – by way of keeping things simple and attainable, in an effort to not be overwhelmed by large, broad, grand goals that are too lofty and unrealistic.  I am going into 2014 guns a’ blazing, so get ready.

In 2014, I am going to feel…excited for the many opportunities that are offered to me at VCU. I feel so blessed that I have a job that I truly, truly love, with students and colleagues that give me a reason to get out of bed every single day. I am going to feel strengthened by the people I have met/am going to meet at Atlee Community Church through the service and study I do in 2014. I am going to feel nervous about dating again, but will not be discouraged by it, if it means that I could feel the zsa zsa zsu with someone all over again and embark on a brand new journey. I am going to feel sad that another year has passed without my father here with us, but I know that he is always with me, and he continues to show that to me in so many interesting and unbelievable ways.

In 2014, I am not going to…compromise my values for fleeting moments of pleasure. I’m not going to take advantage of the amazing people who have entered (and reentered) my life by making them feel as if I don’t love or treasure them. I will try not going a day without being thankful and grateful for everything I have experienced in my life – everything, good and bad, is a lesson learned that will help me move forward. I hope to be less greedy, jealous, angry, judgmental, and impatient. I vow to not be a miserable twentysomething and will embrace all the good surrounding me in my life.

In December 2014, I am going to look back and say…“Damn, I sure as hell made the best out of this year. I am truly, truly blessed.”

Get ready folks, there’s more to come in January 2014… 🙂

About Rowena Winkler

Passionate Performer, Speaker and Writer by Calling, Dancer of All Good Beats, Yoga Practitioner and Enthusiast, Spiritual Trustee of the Universe, Traveler of Many Distant Lands, Lover of Derek the Logical but Amiable, Mother of Eponine/Dex/Teyla, Architect of Spoken Word Poetry, Trainer in the Craft of Communication, Unapologetic Individual, First of Her Name.
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