December 27, 2007

Peace & Simplicity


I don't usually make New Year's resolutions, because I can never seem to keep them. I have good intentions, but they soon fall by the wayside...trampled under everyday life and soon forgotten. Still, I relish the thought of starting over. Blank calendar pages stretch out before me (though I'm sure they won't stay so pristine for long!). Once the Christmas decorations are put to rest for the next 11 months, the house suddenly seems less crowded...giving me new perspective on my home.

As much as I adore December, I think I love January more. One of my quirks is that I visualize the months. January is always crisp and white...perhaps because I'm praying for snow, but I think it's more because I see the upcoming year as a clean slate. No dashed hopes. No unmet expectations. A fresh start.

Next week's fresh start has been long in the making. I've been waiting, and now it's time to put legs to what I've been learning. I'm dubbing 2008 as the Year of Peace and Simplicity in our home. I'm not making resolutions I won't keep, but I am going to purposefully focus on making life more simple and creating a sense of peace in our home.

I don't know how all of this is going to look yet. I have a vision, but I'm not completely sure it's the Lord's. One thing I do know for certain. I want peace and simplicity to abound in my life and in my home.

I'm about to head out of town for a long weekend with friends. I'll be back in 2008 to share some more thoughts on this quest. I hope you'll join me. I'm sure it's going to be life-changing. I hope it will be at least a little fun, too.

8 comments:

Tiffany said...

Peace and simplicity... we are sooo on the same page! Maybe we can share different ideas and ways to help make this more of a reality in our lives! No resolutions to live up to, just a work in progress.

Chris @ Come to the Table said...

What a wonderful thought for the new year! I have talked about our home being "a place of peace" and "simplify" has been something I have been trying to obtain over the past year. I am anxious to hear your thoughts in the new year in these areas.

Alyce said...

Hey there!
Peace and simplicity sound absolutely wonderful to me. It will be a challenge for those of us with girls in the house! We can do it. ;-)
Alyce

Lisa writes... said...

Can't wait to hear your thoughts on the quest!

Mel's World said...

Melissa,

I can't wait to see, hear, and read what you have to say in 2008 about Peace and Simplicity!

Be safe and have a Happy New Year!

Melissa in Mel's World

Sisterlisa said...

I look forward to your journey.

Beth Dargis said...

I think in the peace and simplicity, God's voice and vision will become louder and clearer. And you can make room for what He wants. Wishing you a peaceful and simpler year!

Lisa said...

As I read your post and then read the comments thus far - I notice that we are all of the same mind.
I'm looking forward to a more peaceful and simpler 2008.
One of the first things I hope to accomplish is ridding my home (especially the closets) with all the unnecessary things we have stored away.
I'll be checking in to see what your thoughts in the process.
Bless you for a wonderful 2008!