While this title may sound like an attempt at a Star Wars movie sequel, I really wanted to express my excitement that it is 2019 and that means a NEW YEAR and a NEW HOPE for NEW THINGS to come!!
The end of 2018 was full of highs and lows for me emotionally and physically. After being sent for testing to determine whether or not I have MS (I don’t!) and dealing with weak legs and frustrating physical limitations, I can trace all of these issues to muscle fatigue and overtraining … and the knowledge has given me a new lease on life and physical fitness. When I found out I didn’t have MS I wanted to dive into my Prancercise happy dance.
(You might think I’m kidding, but ask my husband - I’m not. Was I the only one of my generation who was in love with that “fad”?) Anyway, knowing how to take care of my body, not overtax it, but not be afraid to be active has empowered me tremendously in this new year to take on this challenge of being healthy and strong again, MAYBE even strong enough to run another 5K one of these days. BUT not anytime soon … I’m working my way up slowly. I can run almost a half mile now with knee braces and I am so content with that because I don’t hurt and my knees stay strong. While I SO want to be a runner again I am NOT going to push it. I will gladly cheer those other runners from the sidelines and continue doing my 4 minutes HIIT workouts (thanks to Lucy Wyndham-Read on YouTube) and maybe a little Prancercise (but only in my living room!).
So I am thankful beyond words for a new start. How about you? Sometimes I need a new start right after I get up in the morning, or a new start at 3:00 p.m. because I’ve just made my 538th mistake of the day. Sometimes I beat myself up for being a certain way or being stuck in old patterns. Sometimes I get dragged down with life in general, when it’s not the way I think it should be or it seems too unfair.
It's kind of like the trees and seasons. First, we have this.
And then before we know it, spring is here and things are new again!
Personally, I am grateful for new beginnings whenever they come. New Year’s is one of my favorite holidays because we physically get to say good-bye to the old and hello to the new, with all of its preciousness, possibilities, and purity. With the coming of a new year, I tend to believe I can be a new me, a better me, better maybe in some ways than the previous version of the prior year (Paige Samson version 34.0). I have that hope thanks to the One who offers me that hope. “Behold, I make all things new!” (Revelation 21:5), and “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Be encouraged in this new year, friends! We’ve been given a new start and new hope. Let’s embrace it! And maybe do a little Prancercise....
Thanks for stopping by! I'm a student turned teacher turned writer turned part-time tutor, postcard hobbyist, and landscape photograph enthusiast. I have zero formal training in photography, but I love the art of visual documentation. I lived the first 30 years of my life in Oklahoma until I made a major life change (long story and I'd love to tell it sometime!), met my husband, moved to Marshall, and became a bonafide Missourian. My husband Derick owns our hobby shop, and we have a 2-year old son Rafe who loves just about everything these days (except spinach). If you ever see me around town with a camera pointed at a sunset, please say hi. I'd love to be friends. :)