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How To Create a Focused New Year


new year new startA new year is here. We all want to begin with fresh resolve.

When I look at the present and where I want to be I get overwhelmed. It seems like I have so far to go, as if trying to reach a distant destination. There is nothing wrong with my life at present. But I tend to push myself toward growth, being my own toughest task master. When I look at everyday life I say I want to clean better, cook better, tidy better, be more organized, be diligent at putting away my papers and making sure my desk is straight. I want to pursue excellence in my business, in writing, in motherhood and in spiritual growth. I want to have better relationships, to spend more quality time with each child and with my spouse.

As I look at all these things none of them are a destination but all of them are areas of growth.

When I look at my list it would appear that I feel like I’m “just not there yet” in any area.  This could lead to feelings of failure and discouragement (and sometimes does.)

I don’t know whether this blight of wanting to achieve a certain standard is all just built into my personality or if it is something that many of us moms struggle with. We are people with many hats; the business woman, the wife, the cook, dishwasher, dog walker, event planner, disciplinarian, moral instructor, teacher and so much more. And somehow I just want to do them all perfectly. In the back of my mind I have the false hope that if I could just perfect all of my duties I would be satisfied that I have accomplished a goal, or goals.

In thinking back over this past year, I see areas of steady improvement but I don’t see that I have mastered anything I my list.

I pursued some areas with vengeance.

For instance early in the summer I read Read for Your Life by Pat Williams. Williams discusses his method of reading through at least one book per week. He reads at every given opportunity, at stop lights, on airplanes, in the grocery store line. I love to read and have longed to read more but have found it a challenge with children and the many other aspects of life which consume my time. With enthusiasm to put these new found techniques into practice I began to read again.

For the first few weeks I was almost able to keep pace but then my reading dwindled off as I got into the bestselling book The Magic Art of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo.  The picture of such a tidy house seemed a dream come true so with gusto I attempted to carry out all of the things mentioned. I sorted my clothes, organized them and gave away huge bags worth. I was just getting into the groove of learning this art of tidying when the school year started. I was overcome by this new task of homeschooling and the art of tidying in went by the wayside.

I have failed at reading one book per week.

I have failed at the magic art of tidying up.

This looks like a bleak projection of what my goals should be for this coming year.

I had started a list of things I wanted to accomplish in 2016 but stopped.

I asked the Lord to quiet my heart.

Slowly He is teaching me that is doesn’t matter how fast we get to our goals.

It doesn’t matter if I never have a perfect house. It doesn’t matter if I never have the wisdom of 52 books that I could read every year. But what does matter is that I run this race, I live this year with eyes focused on Jesus.

Will you join me in making your priority to live this year focused on Him? Focus on giving Him our anxieties, focus on resting in His presence, focus on hearing Him speak wisdom as we raise our children and build our businesses.

Happy New Year!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Naomi Fata is a small business owner, operating a sewing business, Love Stitches by Naomi, out of her home. She is passionate about encouraging other moms who are looking for home based employment. Naomi is also the author of Beyond Head Knowledge; Knowing Christ who Satisfies our Hearts. In all things, whether through writing, business or homemaking, her vision is that God’s love would shine through. She is married with three children, and will begin her homeschooling journey in the fall of 2015 as her oldest begins kindergarten. You can connect with Naomi at her blog, facebook, and twitter.

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