The Year of Courage

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COURAGE (noun).

Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.

From Merriam Dictionary.

Back in 2016 I found myself constantly asking the questions of who I was, what my purpose was, why do I do the things I do, where I was going and supposed to be, and how it would all happen. It freaked me out - not going to lie about that. However after much praying and talking it out, it led me to make 2017 the year of INTENTION.

Every morning this past year, I would give myself at least 10 minutes to be grounded in God's word in or in prayer before doing anything else. And although this past year (especially the last month or so) had its challenges and obstacles, miscommunications and some serious make-or-break situations, I've learned so much about how it's important to nurture relationships with the right people, and about grace especially for myself.

I must note that to me, September feels more like a new year than January. Does anyone else feel that way? I think a part of it is because it's my birthday month and with school always starting in September, I just thought of the month as the actual new year filled with new beginnings and a second chance. Anyway, every September I start thinking of the right word for the upcoming year. In the last quarter of 2017, I found my heart and my whole being just gravitating towards something more; that even though I had the intention of doing something, I had to do more; that I had to just be confident and take that leap of faith. So leading to the weekend of my birthday, I invested in myself and started a new venture. It has been a surreal experience since then and I'm beyond ecstatic that I did it! I can't wait to share it soon! 

Because of that giant leap of faith, it just feels right to say that 2018 is the year of COURAGE. Courage to speak what's on my heart and on my mind. Courage to dig deeper within myself and my relationships. Courage to discover new things and grow; to let go of the familiar and expand my horizons. Courage to just let go of fear and choosing to act rather than staying stagnant and having the "what ifs" fill my mind. This year is the Year of Courage.

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."
- 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

So happy new year, everyone! What are you wanting to accomplish or work on this year? No matter what it may be, may we all have the courage to pursue all the things we hope and strive to do this upcoming year.

Until next time,

Until next time, Chiantelle