Happy New Year Everyone! 🥳🎉🥂🎊
Goodbye 2020, you’ve been an extraordinary year HA! Many valuable lessons were learned, wisdom gained, insight received, goals achieved, and beautiful memories made. I am so thankful for 2020 because it has given me clarity to know my priorities, purpose, and assignment in every season that I go through.
All the struggle, pain, and heartache that we experienced was to prepare us for what’s to come. You are stronger because of what you’ve gone through in 2020. The storm didn’t knock you down, instead, it showed you how to walk on water. (“This is how you walk, how you walk on water...One foot in front of the other…”) - WALK ON WATER by Elevation Rhythm.
Through the long pain, you discovered power and purpose. My prayer is that in this new year, all of us will gain a clearer perspective and understanding on what we are supposed to be doing here on this earth. #ForSuchATimeAsThis
Let’s start the year with a new blank page in mind and allow God to be the one who writes our story. I can assure you that He’s the best author compared to any of us combined altogether. Do not allow past regrets to haunt you from moving forward in this new year. Let Go and Let GOD do the necessary work to make you a better person this year. Serve the Purpose that He has given you in this moment and see how His Promises will unfold before your eyes.
Every year, I choose a specific word and make a list of things I hope to achieve by the end of the year. By having a clear goal and vision in mind, I can more easily keep track on what to focus on each day, week, and month. I also list some hope and dreams that I have, no matter how big or small they are.
In reality, I may or may not have done all of the things that I wanted to do in the previous year, but I did see some growth and improvement along the way. YAY for some Progress! Last year I received the word “Stronger” and this year I received two words “Favor” and “Persevere.”
Now sharing my complete list here would be way too personal HAHAHA, so instead, I will share 5 simple tips on how I’ll be entering 2021 with great expectation. #TheBestIsStillYetToCome
1.) Live life more intentionally
I want to be intentional with my words and actions this year. Everything I own doesn’t define who I am as a person. The clothes I wear, the car I drive, the gadgets that I have, the amount of money I’ve accumulated in my savings/stock market; none of it comes close to describing me as an individual. That is why I am starting this journey of becoming a minimalist by evaluating what I have and letting go of things that no longer add value to my life.
Each day for the rest of the year, I will be looking for things that I can sell or donate. (365 Stuff in Total...Lord pls help me) I’ve started this journey last year actually but have not been disciplined, so I’ll make sure to become more intentional with the things that I own this year. Upcoming blog about minimalist SOON! Discover how living with less can bring you so much more joy and fulfillment.
2.) Prioritize what truly matters
What do you value most in your life right now? Family, friends, faith, career, wealth, or health? Personally, my faith in God is what I value the most above all things. Year by year, I’ve seen how prioritizing God in all of my daily activities has given me lasting joy, peace, comfort, wisdom, and contentment. When I put Him first, everything else comes together very neatly.
This year, I will be prioritizing more of my time and focus on studying the Bible, worship, and prayer. As I’ve mentioned in my previous blog, spending time in the presence of God is like food and drink to me. I can’t go on one day without it. He’s the ultimate source of my everything.
“Happiness is not a result of what you have. It’s a result of what you give.” Ken Coleman. Don’t expect happiness to come to you through things, people, or situations. Your true source of joy and happiness should always come from Jesus, who empowers you to share what you’ve received to those around you. It’s always better to give than to receive. #BlessedToBless
3.) Create valuable content of growth
The Lord has put a new passion in me to create and share some of my personal life stories. Through Skillful Pen, I’ll be creating content of growth that will add value to my readers. In the future, I will become more open and transparent about the stories that I share here, (things you will be shocked to know about me HA) so stay tuned!
Several ways that I find creative ideas of growth is through meeting new people. “Wake up every day with the humility to talk to people and learn.” - Casey Graham. Honestly, I love talking to people because I get to learn about their culture, values, background, life story, etc.
Communicating with others gives us the opportunity to widen our perspective on life and adds wisdom for our personal growth. Thank God we live in a world where communication is essential to our nature and well being. When I surround myself with people who are not afraid to grow and take risks, I then get to learn from their mistakes, apply their knowledge, and live my life to the fullest.
“Thoughts become beliefs and beliefs determine actions.” - Chris Hogan. No action, No change, and the person in your mirror is in full control. How you make 2021 entirely depends on you, so make the best of it! Work like it all depends on you, Pray like it all depends on God.
4.) Learn new skills or Adapt new habits
What skills are you currently learning? Learning new skills such as playing an instrument, mastering a new language, cooking at home, editing videos, and educating yourself in finance are several new skills that you can pick up in this new year. “Every skill you have was once unknown to you. The human brain is a learning machine. Stick with it.” James Clear
“SMALL disciplines done consistently lead to BIG results over time.” - Craig Groeschel. What small discipline do you HAVE to make sure you do every day? Adapt new habits that will promote well being to your health and relationships.
As you know I love food, especially when I travel I do not hesitate to consume the variety of choices that I have. Now, I may have gained some extra pounds from my current trip to my home country haha, but I’m not mad or stressed about it. It’s because when I return back to California, I am very intentional about my diet on eating healthy food which will help nourish my body, mind, and soul.
To be frank with you, well I hate to exercise. But that was in the past. Even though I don’t love to exercise today, I still make it a habit because of the positive impact it has on my body. By sticking to the habits of eating healthy and exercising, I reap the benefits of having a clear mind and awareness to do what I enjoy the most.
5.) Speaking things into existence
“In a heart filled with gratitude, there is no room for discontentment.” - Rachel Cruze. What and Who are you grateful for at the moment? Make a list if needed because hint: there are so many things to be grateful for. Then start speaking those lists with your own mouth. Replace your grumbling and complaining with thanksgiving; it will make your life so much sweeter.
Moreover, our words have power. How you decide to use your tongue ultimately depends on what goes inside of your heart and mind. “You CHOOSE your thoughts and your behaviors. Feed good thoughts and starve negative ones.” -Dr. John Delony. “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” Luke 6:45 NLT
A famous verse we all have heard before, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverb 18:21 NKJV Make use of the opportunity that the Lord has given you to create life through the words that you speak. Ultimately, your words can either bring life or death, build a person up or destroy them completely.
By taking a step back to evaluate what goes around our mind or thought life, we will become more careful about releasing words that may discourage or hurt others. One of my mentors in LA always reminds me to Listen more and to Talk less; be quick to listen and slow to speak. (James 1:19)
Several words of affirmations that I've listed in my journal are:
- I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me
- Greater is He who lives in me than he that is in this world
- I am not defined by my past; my past mistakes have no control over my current or future accomplishments
- God has made me intelligent, creative, and strong
- It is okay if some people do not like/support me
- I will not become stagnant for God has given me the opportunity to grow and flourish
Bottom Line: Speak positive words daily and watch how your life will transform for good. Do to others as you want others to do to you. Always be kind and empathetic to anyone you meet because infinitely you represent your Heavenly Father through your words and actions.
Cheers to a new year filled with meaningful relationship, revelation, strength, joy, favor, and good health!
Live your life intentionally & with love friends!