Wednesday, December 31, 2008

525,600 Minutes

January 1 has always made me a little giddy; like getting clean notebooks on the first day of school. This year though, I'm awed by the possibilities and eager to write something that matters, on the fresh pages of my life. There's 525,600 minutes stretched out before me; I can't wait to get started!

Do you make traditional resolutions? I used to, but I never stuck with them. Losing weight and getting organized are still on my list for 2009, but they're not at the top. They will come as the priorities align. My top 5; I need to:
  • stabilize my children, and get them healthy.
  • find a Spirit filled church to plug into and read the Bible cover to cover.
  • get a job, an apartment and make a budget.
  • learn to trust again, especially myself.
  • make my children smile more often and take more pictures.
Of course I'd only be giving you half a list without including things like getting rid of my gray hairs and vowing to find a sense of style that all is mine. I need to find the whole me. Thank goodness there's over half a million minutes; I'm gonna need every single one.

525,600 minutes, moments so dear; how do you measure a year? In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights, in cups of coffee, in inches, in miles, in laughter - In Love. 525,600 journeys to plan; it's time now to sing out; the story never ends. You know that love is a gift from up above, share love, give love, spread love...
measure your life in love.

Happy New Year,


Sara@ Butterville said...

I love this song. I can't wait to see who you become, now that you are out of Egypt.

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

best wishes for you and your kids in the New Year--I know you will make every single second count!

To read the bible cover to cover, check out "Bible in a Year" (google it). I did this and might do it again starting tomorrow. It's a great thing!

Happy, healthy, fantastic New Year to you Carolynn :)

minnesotamom said...

We sang that song in choir when I was in high school. It doesn't seem that old to me...hmm...

You know, it might be a good year to actually GET THROUGH my One Year Bible. Hasn't happened yet! And as my pastor told us this past week, there's nothing wrong with having a plan. Setting specific times/places for prayer and reading is not legalistic. We do that with meals, with sleep, with other necessities. Do we call those legalistic? No! So my time with the Father will not be considered so, either. It's top priority. Man, I'm inspiring myself to write a New Year's post, too! Thanks for getting me going. Blessings to you and yours, Carolynn.

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

Good for you! I bet you'll get all your goals done, little by little. Stick it out and be patient with yourself. I wrote about resolutions today, too. We'll have to cheer each other on. :)

seriously? said...

Love, Love, Love that song and now it will be in my head all evening. How appropriate though...Enjoy the coming new year and all the possibilities.

Annette said...

I am so excited to see how 2009 unfolds for you and your children. I see many blessings ahead for you.
Happy New Year!!!!

Rachel said...

Just found your blog through Rachel @ In His Hands - Our Adoption Journey and I'm encouraged from the first post. Good luck with your resolutions, listed and unlisted! :)

3 Bay B Chicks said...

You can always find the perfect song to fit any situation. It really is an amazing talent. I like to think of it as the soundtrack to your life.

A package of love and friendship will be making its way to you tomorrow. Althought the contents are a bit dated now that the holiday has passed, we hope you enjoy it just the same.

Happy New Year, my friend.


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forever folding laundry said...

Happy New Year, friend! I love your list of priorities! This WILL be a great year.

Heather of the EO said...

Happy New Year! I love that you even included your sense of style, funny how that does go along with finding out who we are. I pray this year is full of growth and change in the best possible ways for you.


Jenny said...

For me its walking 2x a week, even through these winter months.

Hang in there, trusting for a better 2009 for you.

imbeingheldhostage said...

LOVED Sara's comment. This must be an exciting time to consider all of the possibilities. You deserve bright shiny notebooks.

Oh, and gray hairs aren't so bad. I am so happy to be out from under the evil addictive Clairol box :-)