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As the ball drops on 2019, this week marks both the beginning of a new year AND a new decade. For many of us, the ‘10s included highs and lows. Memorable moments and experiences we’d be better off forgetting. With so much of this out of our control, the “new year, new you” season reminds us to put our best foot forward in regards to the things we can control. In this blog post, the Choice team will be sharing what we’re looking forward to this decade and how we prepare to embrace this new beginning. 

 

What I’m looking forward to in the next decade… 

The first four months of 2020 will include a few once-in-a-lifetime experiences for me. I get to marry my highschool sweetheart AND we will move into our first house together. This stage of life also means that nearly every month includes the celebration of a friend’s engagement, wedding, promotion, new home or pregnancy. It’s an incredibly busy and life-changing season for us 20 and 30-somethings. And it’s easy to become envious, overwhelmed or just plain desensitized to it all. My wish for the ‘20s, as the celebrations and changes continue, is to find joy in every moment. My mantra lately has been, “I will not turn my blessings into burdens.” Like you, I don’t want my life to pass me by. Let’s start each day with a grateful heart, so that we can recognize the beauty among the chaos. 

 

What Heather is looking forward to… 

With the onset of a new year, my Enneagram 1 immediately shows with all the making of lists and goal-setting and planning and, and, and. But 2020 not only begins a new year, it begins a new DECADE. And during this next decade I’ll turn 50. Oh my stars! The big 5-0. As I sit here reflecting on what I desire for not only this new year, but for this next decade, I’m thinking about what I want my life to look like when I turn 50. And here is what I’ve decided…I long for a warm, nurturing home where people gather and are welcome and loved well no matter how they came to the table. I pray for healthy, happy and kind boys who have transitioned well into becoming an adult. (Thackston will turn 20 in this next decade. Everyone stay calm.) May Matt and I be more invested in each other, and not only more in love, but more in like with each other, than ever before (we’ll celebrate 25 years of marriage in this decade). Choice will do good by continuing to light a path to truth in a dark world. And women that I lead, whether it be professionally or personally, will have a brighter, wider path. There will be more laugh lines and more people around our kitchen table. There will be more clients and more women to lead. There will be more tough times and more celebrations (high school graduation for both boys will come during this decade). There will be countless hours of worry (after all both boys will start driving and apply to college in the 20s). But as I list all of these desires that I pray for in the 2020s, I’m reminded that every single bit of that, I have at this very moment in December 2019. Feeling comfortable in the right now sounds very good to me – the planner, the goal-setter, the achiever, the competitor. So that’s what I’m planning for this next decade: to soak up the moment I’m in. And someone tell Matt to start planning my 50th birthday party. I definitely expect a good one! 

 

 

What Kerry is looking forward to…

As I enter 2020, I am feeling more settled than I ever have, in the best way possible. For as long as I can remember, I put so much pressure on myself in the New Year. HERE ARE ALL THE AREAS YOU NEED TO IMPROVE AND HERE ARE ALL OF THE GOALS YOU NEED TO ACHIEVE, I would cheer (yell) at myself in the New Year. Maybe it’s just getting older, but in 2020, I am looking forward to being content where I am and with who I am. Instead of adding a bunch of goals to my plate, I want to slow down and release some of the pressure I’ve put on myself in the past to do and be more. I saw a Morgan Harper Nichols quote that feels very me in 2020: “Perhaps this is what this season is all about: trusting in the unknowns, finding gold in the little things, trading fear of what’s certain for freedom to thrive within it.” Cheers to loving life where it is in 2020, even if it doesn’t look perfect. 

 

What Devin Lee is looking forward to…

The start of January is the most refreshing time, the Christmas decorations are down (aka no more clutter), I’m a few weeks into a new age, and everyone around me always feels super jazzed about what’s to come in the New Year! Going into 2020, I have a lot of goals like increasing my weekly workouts, completing a capsule wardrobe, and being more present in meetings. However, what I’m looking forward to is seeing how God uses the growth I gained in 2019 to better myself, my relationships, and my work in 2020. In 2019, several long-time fears got tackled (still working on my fear of escalators.) Having one car taught my husband and me so much about communication and contentment and I Marie Kondo-ed my life by getting rid of things and people that no longer sparked joy (thanks Marie Kondo)! I know this work was done to better the Kingdom, and I can’t wait to see what that looks like.

 

 

What Annie is looking forward to…

What is it we always wish for? World Peace? Gosh.. wouldn’t that be amazing if we applied it to not only peace for others, but for ourselves as well? As we enter this new year and new decade, I look back on the all of the beautiful and messy and challenging and joy-filled experiences this past decade has brought me. This past decade made this starry-eyed girl a college graduate, a woman in the working world, a wife to the most incredible man, an aunt of two wild little boys, travel (and more travel, and more travel), new life, life losses.. The list goes on and on. In this busy thing we call life, we crave consistency. Well, I crave consistency. Do you know what was a constant and still continues to be the only constant I can not only expect but can place all of my hope in? Grace. Grace upon grace. My biggest prayer and hope for the coming year and the next nine after that, is that I never lose sight of the One who gives and takes away and the IMMENSE love He has for someone as small as me. In 2020, may our worlds be filled with peace and our hearts and lives be filled with joy. Cheers to the next 10!

 

What Sarah is looking forward to…

2019 has been full of constant transitions and it has been such an exciting year! However, one thing I have lost in 2019 is my routines. As an enneagram 3, I thrive off of good rhythm and routines and am constantly looking for parts of my week/day to add them. In 2020, I am making myself slow down a little bit (very hard for me!) and am teaching myself to be intentional about following routines I have set. Also, as a newlywed, I am excited to implement rhythms with my husband as we both look to be more still in the New Year! I can’t wait to see how following this plan shapes and helps me in multiple areas of my life. I am so hopeful for 2020 and all that it will bring.

 

 

We hope that this blog sparks joy, motivation and reflection as you begin your 2020 and beyond. There are seven days in a week, and “someday” isn’t one of them. The decade is yours, what will you do with it?

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