As the Christmas season winds down, we begin to direct our attention to the new year that is coming in the next couple of days. There are so many exciting new opportunities that are brought forth with a new year and yet this time of year can be overwhelming in feeling no motivation or direction to begin something new. In this blog post, we are here to give some direction and encouragement on how you can begin prepping for a wonderful 2020.

Take Care of Yourself

Oftentimes it’s easier to take care of those we love and we neglect taking care of ourselves. Not only do you run out of energy doing this, but you will also be less effective in taking care of your loved ones. It’s important to remember that when we are fully charged, we have a higher capacity to take care of those we care about. Thus, take care of yourself well this coming year. Spend time resting, reading, relaxing, and doing hobbies or activities that you enjoy. When you do this, you will be ready to love on those you need to and be more effective while doing it.

Know When to Say No

Our culture values the word busy. It’s almost as if busy is a badge of honor that we all need to strive to obtain. However, busy doesn’t determine success, value, or love. It only equates to task completion. In 2020, we encourage you to place importance on rest, recharge, and ready for what God has planned for you. Instead of seeing how many tasks you can get checked off your to-do list, maybe strive to see how many people you can encourage and love well that day? It’s easy to say yes to one more thing, but having the knowledge on when to say no allows for you to have the freedom to choose and live without being bound to a checklist.

Remember to Laugh

Life is a vapor. It goes by quickly without our consent. Thus, don’t allow the mundane tasks of this life to take away your joy or laugh. Laughing and smiling not only boost your mood, but they also encourage those around you. Choosing joy and living intentionally despite your circumstances allows for you to find joy in any journey that may come your way.

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