Early Thursday morning at around 2:45 I felt my first real earthquake. I woke up to everything shaking and clinking together, while my heart raced. I instantly started praying for God to have mercy on our city while we waited for things to stop shaking.
Luckily no one was hurt and nothing was broken or even knocked over, but I’m still a bit shaken. I’ve known this was a risk living in this city, but I’ve never have it be so real. I’ve felt small earthquakes that barely even shook the ground, but nothing like what happened the other night. I can’t thank the Lord enough for keeping us all safe and I pray that he continues to have mercy on all of us.
All I can think about these last couple days is how lucky we all are and how grateful I am for my family, friends and beautiful city we call home. I can’t imagine what would happen to our family and everyone around us if a big earthquake hit our city. It’s hard to imagine how different things could be, in just a blink of an eye. It really makes you re-evaluate your life and your priorities.
I won’t live my life in fear, but this has opened my eyes and made me realize that we are borrowed time. This year, I’m going to live it to the fullest. Everyone talks about their New Year “word”. Well, mine this year would be FULL. To live my life to the fullest, to be full of God and his word, to be a full + content person. There are so many meanings to the word full, which is why it’s the perfect word for 2018.
This year I have many resolutions and goals, and when I say many, I mean MANY. Less phone time and more family time. Getting in shape and eating healthier. Speaking more intentionally and being a better friend. Being more productive and being on a better routine. It sounds overwhelming and impossible, but these are actually all things that go hand in hand with each other.
Picking one thing to work at each year is silly to me. To be a bigger, better you, you have to work on all the aspects of your life. You can’t get in shape and be healthier if your mind isn’t getting there too. You can’t have less phone time if your family and friends aren’t a priority. And you certainly can’t be productive without getting your mind and body into shape first.
I think a lot of people confuse resolutions with a cheap goal, instead of re-evaluating and taking a closer look at your life and over all goals. New Years is a time for reflection and learning from yourself and your mistakes. Some people choose to do this daily, others do it several times a year, but most of us only do it once a year; At New Years time. (Then maybe again when something terrible happens, like a devastating earthquake.)
Instead of picking one resolution, why not just commit to bettering yourself all around and just being the best YOU you can be. That’s why I like this new trend of New Year words. It allows you to broaden your goals and help keep you on track with who you want to be, rather than focusing on one small aspect, such as working out or eating healthy. When you pick your word, make it mean something for all the different parts of your life. That way when you’re feeling discouraged our down, you can just remember your word and stay on track.
If you had to choose one word for 2018, what would yours be and why? I love hearing from you! Like, comment and share!