Good Things: Fresh Start, New Beginning

by Brandi Lytle
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The jolly man has visited, the gifts have been unwrapped, and the ball has dropped.  Now, it is time to breathe deeply and look ahead to the coming year.

January 1 – Wonderful and Not Wonderful

The wonderful and not wonderful thing about January 1 is that we each have a choice to make.  We can choose to continue down our current path, or we can change course, embarking on a fresh start, a new beginning.

At the end of 2013, I had such a decision to make.  On 26 December 2013, my husband told me that he didn’t want to keep trying to have a little.  (Read that story here.)  So, I had a BIG decision to make…

A Resolution

I went into 2014 with this resolution:

Stop trying to obtain the “perfect” life in my head and instead embrace the blessed life that God has given me.

After we found out we had severe infertility, my sweet, sweet hubby sent me a dozen roses and an orange cross (which now hangs in our snug).  On the card, he wrote, “Baby, I am with you every step of the way.  It will happen for us.”  I placed this card where I could see it every day.  And for years, I waited.  I waited for it to happen for us.  But it never did.

A Change of Perspective

Until I changed my perspective…

After committing to my 2014 resolution, I wrote, “It has happened for us” and placed that beside the note my hubby had written me.  Again, I put this where I could see it every day.  I surrounded these notes with pictures of my nieces, nephews, fur babies, friends, and family.  And I did my best to embrace my life as it was, fully accepting my roles as dog mom, aunt, and wife.

A Fresh Start, A New Beginning

And at the end of 2014, one year into accepting our childless life, we were given the opportunity to host Bruna, a foreign exchange student.  (Read that story here.)  Truly, I do not believe this would have occurred if I had continued to cling to my original path.  I had to embrace a fresh start, a new beginning, in order to discover my true journey.  It was scary…  (Read “The Fears of a Childless Woman.”)  But it was so worth it!

Fabulous one, is it time for a fresh start, a new beginning?  Are you holding on so tightly to one dream that you are not allowing yourself to be open to a new one?  I pray that this is your year.  The year you discover the path that God has for you.  The year that you accept your life as it is.  The year that you change your perspective…


My 2014 Resolution on Fresh Start, New Beginning on Not So Mommy...

My 2014 Resolution on Good Things: Fresh Start, New Beginning on Not So Mommy…


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