I grew up thinking that with a whole lot of wishing (and pretending), I could have the perfect life. If I just got good grades, walked a straight line, hung with the right crowd, went to church, made my parents proud and married a nice guy, things would be just fine. And yes, I’ve done most, if not all, of those things. However, things aren’t perfect. And yet, I tend to think that they still can be.
I don’t always let on to the darkness that sometimes hangs over me. Most days, the clouds are a bright white and the breeze softly blows them by. But other days, they’re ink black and they press down so hard that I don’t want to move, let alone face the day. And yet, I have no need to feel this way. I lead an incredibly blessed life… I know this (and tell myself so, constantly), but I still seem to live in a pit that I can’t climb my way out of.
I recently completed the Live More Weigh Less Challenge, and while I met a number of amazing women going through similar struggles, it’s still entirely up to me to put in the work and make a change in the way I think and react. So this year, I’m choosing One Little Word to help me in the process: Faith. A word kept on a key that I’ll wear as a daily reminder to have:
- Faith in myself… to love, grow, flourish, believe in and become the best ‘me’ there is (emotionally & physically).
- Faith in the possible… of the known and unknown.
- Faith in taking just one more step… to push myself and never, ever, give up.
- Faith that one day, I’ll be able to pull myself up out of this pit… and never return.
That key I mentioned above? It’s the Word of the Year Necklace from Lisa Leonard Designs and I found it via the lovely Kristen of Dine & Dish. Kristen is giving away one of these beautiful necklaces on her blog and you’ve got until midnight CST on Wednesday, January 8th to enter. Just leave a comment for her with your One Little Word for 2014 and you’re in.
Have faith… things aren’t always as bad as they seem.