“Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”   

There’s just something about a new year, turning the calendar to January 1st, that makes me feel like I have the opportunity to start over with a clean slate in front of me. That the new goals I have been wanting to accomplish and the resolutions I know I need to make can finally begin. I feel like I have a fresh start, even though in all reality it’s just the day after yesterday and the day before tomorrow. But no, today feels so different than all the rest.

Or does it…?

To be honest, the start of a new year was exactly the motivation that I needed to begin writing this blog. It’s been something that I’ve thought about doing countless times in the past but always brushed it off, for fear that nobody would want to read it or my posts wouldn’t be interesting enough. But then one day one of my best friends started a blog (I’m looking at you, Sadie!) and really encouraged me to give it a try.  Her encouragement, help, and guidance, along with the new year, a time for new beginnings, led me to where I am today: writing my very first blog post. So I wanted to say thank you for reading, whoever you are and wherever you are, because this wouldn’t be nearly as fun if I was just writing to myself. My hope and prayer is that I will ultimately bring glory to God with each and every post I publish, because without Him I am truly nothing. I also pray that I might have the chance to encourage someone, provide hope, and spread knowledge. I’ve learned a thing or two from my three decades of life on this earth so far and I’m happy to pass on the good and useful things I’ve learned in hopes that they will be helpful to others, even if that is just one other person. If you’d like to journey along with me on this exciting new endeavor, then please feel free to sign up on my email list to have my posts delivered directly to your inbox so you don’t miss a single one. Cheers to the new year, friends! May this be the best one yet.

“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, any one can start from now and make a brand new ending.” -Carl Bard


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