Experienced the year 2011!

A new year is upon us. I am not particularly celebrating on the Eve of 2011. I am sitting in front of a computer uploading pictures from Christmas vacation to facebook, while the hubster chats with his friends (learning how to plan a new computer game).

I always like the idea of a new year. A new year means a fresh start, its a good time to *try* to do new things, for new year’s resolutions. Due to my personality type I adore starting new things…the follow through is lacking though. I’m not going to make “official” new year’s resolutions, because my energies/determination fade fairly quickly.

I am very much looking forward to 2011. So far many positive experiences are heading my way. 2009 and 2010 were difficult years of transition. Dealing with graduating from college, getting married, figuring out that I had no idea what to do “next” in my life, and learning how to live with a boy. God has been patient with me as I have struggled through this time period in my life.

In 2011 my graduate counseling classes are continuing, getting to more of the theory and specialization courses. I have switched employment (from the campus Barnes and Noble), and I will be going overseas to Italy with Xtreme Impact. I have always *dreamed* about going to Italy. I am beyond overwhelmed with God’s blessing to be able to continue to participate with this missions organization and teaching teens to live out the Great Commission. We will be doing drama type ministry in the piazzas to attract attention and crowds to share the gospel. The sad fact is that 2% of Christians in Italy are evangelical. This is so sad, when reflecting that there were so many hardcore Christians who were persecuted in the Roman Coliseum. *If you are interested in a great Christian Fiction novel on this topic please read “Mark of the Lion” trilogy by Francine Rivers* I’m sooo excited to see what God has in store for that trip (and the rest of 2011 as well).

For people who are planning “official” New Years Resolutions, one tip I will give. Habits are much easier to incorporate into your daily life when you make it a tangible daily action. For example, a goal like “I will read my Bible more” is common and vague…thus setting you up to fail. However, you can make it specific like “I will read through the entire Bible in the year 2011.” That is now tangible…but it can be overwhelming. So we will rephrase…I will read *however many* chapters/verses a day so that I will read the entire Bible in 2011. I hope that helps.

Happy New Year!

P.S. I will be posting lots of pics/stories from my Christmas Vacation. So be sure to stay posted!

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