I never really thought myself as unkind to begin with, but for 2013, my goal was to be kinder than I had ever been before. To be kind when it was hard. To be kind when I didn't want to. To be kind to myself. I had no idea that 2013 was going to be the year our lives got turned upside down. But I believe in God's providence.
He knew what He was doing.
So I've been praying for the past month or so for God to lay out what He wanted for me. And last week it hit me.
For 2014, my goal is to be always blooming. To take whatever is handed to me, and bloom. Flourish. Take what is less than desirable and help it grow into something beautiful. To help myself get rooted, and allow myself to transform.
It means to embrace the life that I have and the people who fill it. To remain kind, yes, but to now also to become strong.
2014 is another year of firsts for me, and while I'm nervous about what is ahead, I'm ready to bloom.