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If I see one more post about a New Year’s resolution, I might lose it. And I’ve been guilty of writing those exact posts in the past! It’s like all of a sudden Christmas passes and we’re suddenly obsessed with starting over. A clean slate. A new year. A fresh beginning.

But, hey, what was so bad about 2014?

This year, I’m spending my New Year’s Eve thinking less about the many things I want to accomplish in the year to come, and more about the great year that’s coming to a close. Because sometimes it’s good to look back, reminisce, and thank God for all the ups and downs, as only he has the power to make it all work together for our good (Romans 8:28).

So instead of a New Year’s Resolution, consider an Old Year’s Evolution. Looking back at the last 12 months, you’ve come a long way. Wow. So have I. Between all of us, we’ve really been through it.

  • Weddings
  • Financial hardship
  • New jobs
  • Relocation
  • New relationships
  • Relationship trouble
  • Babies
  • Unemployment
  • New houses
  • New businesses
  • Book releases
  • The loss of friends and loved ones
  • Graduations
  • Vacations
  • And the list goes on…

Some of you might not want to remember everything on this list. Let’s face it: Parts of 2014 were downright hard and unfair. But, somehow, we made it through. That fact alone is worth celebrating.

Maybe it’s time to let go of the pressure of a new year. January 1 doesn’t have to mean a juice cleanse and a spending freeze and a new gym membership and a 12-hour business planning meeting. None of these things are bad, but they all carry with them an underlying message to not fail, to not fall back on your resolution already.

Don’t get me wrong–I’m a big proponent of dreaming. And dreaming BIG. But I also know how important it is to remember how far you’ve come… and celebrate that. Because if life is spent constantly striving for bigger, better, more money, more followers, skinnier bodies, more sex… we’ll never be satisfied.

And we’ll have missed out on the joy of the evolution.

FireplaceSo take a moment. Curl up by a freshly built fire and have a slice of chocolate pie. Look back. Do you remember where you were on January 1 of last year? My, look at that baby face! You were adorable.

You’ve grown.

You’ve matured.

You’ve conquered.

You’ve accomplished.

You’ve come through.

You’ve survived.

And you’re better for it.

So Happy Old Year!

And… Happy New Year, too.

~Ruth