Believe – A New Kind of New Year’s Resolution – 2013 Style

Every year, for the past five years, I’ve tried to adopt a new attitude at the start of the calendar year, instead of making up a list of ‘ought to’ that will only haunt me long after I’ve give up on them. It dawned on me one New Year that focusing on a word, like courage or abundance leaves more room for God and offers me the opportunity to be open to His plan instead of my need to fix, manage or control the bejeebus out of a situation.

So, for this year the word that has kept coming up is ‘Believe’ with a capital B. It’s a big word and comes from the notion of believing for everything good, which in my case takes a lot of faith and a willingness to be uncomfortable.

I like control, a plan, knowing what’s coming next and none of that is possible if I’m opening my life up to big growth, positive change and a much larger Master Plan.

So why do it?

That’s when I can feel my shoulders relax just a little because I remember that my methods have never, ever gotten me very far and have often left me feeling lonely and discouraged talking way too much about me and ignoring the blessings right in front of me.

If my closed fist, squeezing as hard as I can around the events in my life has failed, I have nothing to lose by relaxing and trying it God’s way instead. That is going to require me to let up on myself just a bit and be okay with the pace that comes out, fast or slow, on any given day. Frankly, to be okay with big events actually turning out right and without my intervention or manipulation. They just go right. To even be okay with making mistakes and they still turn out well.

A short recap of everything that’s gone right lately easily shows me that sticking with God’s plan has been worth my learning to let go. In the past year, I’ve lost 86 pounds and soon, I’ll be starting out on Maintenance, which is brand-new territory. Updates to all of the photos on the site will be coming soon.

The last of my old debt is getting paid off and my entire financial life is becoming healthy. Yeah, new territory. There is interest in the new thriller, which means a new book in 2013 and traveling across the country speaking to different charities. There are even two different movie companies interested in two different books of mine. A lot of change, one day at a time.

It’s like I can feel these deep shifts from within my spirit and I have no idea what to do with all of it except to hang on and Believe. Happy New Year Everyone! More adventures to follow.


  1. Ever since you mentioned this idea about choosing a word of the year, I’ve done it for myself. I really like this idea. It has less emphasis on action and more on reflection. The last FEW years have left me feeling completely drained and needing more from life. This year I couldn’t choose just one word so instead of narrowing it down to one, I allowed myself two. These words are: Peace & Prosperity. I just thought I’d share them with you in hopes that you will have the same in your new year.

    • Sheila – What a great pairing! I will join you in that thought and believe for you to find much peace and prosperity throughout 2013. Let me know how the words workout throughout the year, I’d love to know.

      • Thanks Martha, I WILL let you know. Last year, my word for the year was “miracles”, although I felt like they happened for everyone else BUT me in 2012. I guess my lesson is that even “miracles” can take more than a year to unfold or be discovered…
        Perhaps, I could have used a word like yours for 2013 since it is getting more and more difficult for me to “believe” in “miracles” lately. I suppose it’s possible that I’m just selfish because they’re not the miracles that I had hoped for. Thanks for your response.


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