Happy New Year, my friends! 2017 was AWESOME and I loved it! 2018 is going to ROCK and be even better than 2017 because that’s how it works, right? We keep growing and becoming and even if the circumstances are less than desirable at times – WE get to create any emotion we WANT and I want to think that life is amazing. I hope you all are having a fantastic day and that you got enough rest after staying up until midnight. Today, I want to share with you a little about my 2017 journey on abundance and my 2018 plans – to not dabble with scarcity! Hopefully it’ll get your wheels turning to look at your life and make some adjustments to be able to experience an AMAZING year!
2017 word: Abundance
In 2017 I chose the word ABUNDANCE as my focus word. It was INCREDIBLE that amount of growth, joy, love, and happiness I experienced in 2017. When I started out I decided that my word wasn’t just going to be a word that I’d say to myself every now and then. No. I wanted it to become a part of me. I created homework for myself so I could fully experience the abundance in my life that I wasn’t aware of yet – or that I was blocking somehow. So I bought myself a beautiful notebook and would write 25 things EVERY. SINGLE. DAY of the abundance that God blessed me with…and because I was doing this for myself I wanted to do it right. I wouldn’t let myself do repeats, meaning: If one day I said I was grateful for my husband. The next day I couldn’t also say: I’m grateful for my husband…even though I was and I wrote about him daily. I would need to look closer and notice the little things that I loved each day. It was the way he looked and smiled at me, or how hard we worked for our family. It was the way he played with our kids or the sweet notes he’d leave for me. Daily I would see my husband in a new light. Instead of just seeing my husband and what an amazing guy he is, I noticed the ABUNDANT way he loved me in all his actions, words, expressions, and service. It was (and is) truly abundant.
I also became so aware of my Father in Heaven’s love for me. Each day I wouldn’t just write: I’m grateful for my Father in Heaven. It was: I’m grateful for the beautiful earth He gave me. I’m grateful for the people He sent to me to show love and kindness to me. I saw the MANY, MANY, MANY tender mercies and blessings He would give me DAILY.
On Sunday’s I decided to try and dedicate some of those days to writing my 25 things JUST about my Savior and WOW…did I have lots and lots and lots to write about – things that I know you all know too but when we don’t take the time to think about them individually and specifically we forget to see them. We get distracted by other, non essentials and we lose the blessings of knowing the sheer abundance He gives to us daily.
One of my favorite scriptures is this:
“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more ABUNDANTLY” – John 10:10
We are here to experience JOY and LOVE in ABUNDANCE. This doesn’t mean that we’re exempt from sorrow, pain, or trials…but that through even those we can still feel His abundant LOVE and we can still experience JOY – even amidst our trials.
My 2017 wasn’t free of trials. It wasn’t free of tears. But even through my trials I knew Heavenly Father’s love for me. I knew that I was sent here for to have an ABUNDANT life and that I was meant for JOY. Keeping an abundant mindset and always being on the lookout for it kept me progressing and looking forward instead of letting doubt, fear, and scarcity in…which always leaves us stuck and not progressing.
2017 was an amazing year. I will always look back with fondness and with gratitude for the lessons I’ve learned that incredible year – but I’m also taking it with me into 2018. Everything I’ve learned and become because of it.
2018- I Refuse to Reside in SCARCITY
Which now leads me right into 2018. Because I know how GOOD it feels to be in ABUNDANCE I REFUSE TO RESIDE IN SCARCITY…that’s my new mantra for 2018: I refuse to reside in scarcity. I know it’s going to pop up. It always tries to. It even tried rearing it’s ugly head just yesterday!
I’m have a very big project coming up and all the key players aren’t cooperating yet…which poses the problem of scarcity: How will it ever get in done in time if we can’t even start yet?! We needed to start a month ago and now we have even LESS time! Those thoughts produce scarcity. Fear that it won’t get done in time. Fear that I won’t have enough time…scarcity. So I reminded myself that I REFUSE TO RESIDE IN SCARCITY…(because if you’re keeping on my posts you’ll know that I always start my New Year’s goals in DECEMBER – go back and read this here if it’s not ringing a bell: Start by having a great December )
When I reminded myself of that I immediately was able to think, “oh yeah…it’s all going to be great. There is always enough time, talent, and abundance of what I need to do the things I’ve been called to do. All good. Abundance.” My heartbeat stopped it’s frantic beating and went back to the comforting rhythm of: Things are going to be amazing. It’s all going to work out. And it will. I know it will. Because I’m not wasting time in scarcity and worrying…which as Eckhart Tolle says: “Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.”
When we spend time in WORRY – we feel like we’re doing something. We’re so busy thinking all these thoughts about what might not happen or what might happen or what if’s that it feels useful. It feels like we’re doing something but we’re not. We’re not progressing. We’ve stopped moving forward. We get stuck here and most of the time we don’t even notice because we’re too busy feeling like what we’re doing is necessary and helpful. It’s not. It’s not. It’s not. Don’t get caught in worry. Don’t reside in scarcity. Look at things, at circumstances for what they are. Look at the facts and go from abundance. Start where you’re at and think, “What can I do now to move forward? What do I need to do next? What CAN I do next?”
Things like a job interview, waiting for a house to close, waiting for someone to pick you for something. All those things that are out of your control we tend to get wrapped up in worry. We feel like we CAN’T do anything because we’re waiting on the other person to do something. Worry isn’t even necessary here. It will still serve NO PURPOSE other than stress you out more and move you further into scarcity mode.
Maybe progressing sometimes is just NOT moving backwards. Keep doing what you can in other areas. There’s always something else you can and need to be doing. There’s always something that needs your attention and love. If you’ve done ALL YOU CAN in that one area – maybe progression is simply feeling good that you did everything in your power and truly if it’s supposed to be yours IT WILL BE. Now, don’t waste your precious time, thoughts, and energy on it when there’s nothing more you can do just YET…what CAN you do? What needs your attention? What else can you be doing? This is more than just staying busy and distracted. This is moving on and progressing from ABUNDANCE and faith that Heavenly Father loves you, He KNOWS you. He doesn’t just want you to come here and experience this mortal life. He wants you to live an ABUNDANT life. Trust that. Trust Him. Tell Him in your prayers, “I’ve done all that I can do. What would you have me do now?” and let Him guide you.
There is so much comfort in this. Scarcity keeps you stuck. Scarcity keeps you fearful. It’s imperative to remember this:
“For God hath not given us the spirit of FEAR; but of POWER, and of LOVE, and of a SOUND MIND.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
If you find yourself dabbling in fear, in scarcity please remember this verse. These are not from Him. He wants you to feel abundance, love, peace, and power. Not FEAR, Not scarcity, Not worry.
2018 is going to be an AMAZING year because how can it not be when you refuse to let scarcity creep in?! Maybe you might want to adopt this mantra into your life too. If you do, let me know how it goes for you. I’d LOVE to hear your stories and examples!
Happy New Year, my friends! Here’s to an ABUNDANT – scarcity FREE – 2018!
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