Joy | Claiming it for 2013 part 2

January 3, 2013 - 6:45 am

Wow, I am just blown away by the response from you on yesterday’s blog post. I heard from several of you in the blog comments, but so many more through texts, emails and Facebook. Thank you sweet friends. I just replied to many of them last night because every time I sat down to read them throughout the day, I would tear up and could hardly read. Your stories have really touched me and confirmed the fact that I did the right think to share my story even when the moment it was published I had a sinking, scared feeling in my stomach. Did I do the right thing? What will people think? I have had the opportunity to meet so many amazing women in the past few years and I am so grateful. As I even heard from so many of you yesterday, you have gone through the same or similar situations. You are in my prayers, really, you are. I do have a little bit more to share today on my recap of 2012 and my plans for 2013. I promise my upcoming posts are not going to be as serious as yesterday and today, in fact, we have some fun new things coming, but all of these things we have been talking about contribute to what HollyDays is all about and what  inspires my designs.

 {My family at Easter, 2012}

My heart is full, I feel like it has grown two sizes in 2012! I have learned so much, laughed so much and hurt so much. My family started this year in a home we lived in for 8 years, had our best friends who lived close and were healthy and happy. By the end of the year, we had a job change, house listed & sold, moved to a new town, the loss of a pregnancy, my Dad with severe back pain, one friend with cancer and another who lost her father in a tragic plane crash. (I don’t mean to be negative, that is not at all what I am trying to do. In fact, my friends who have gone through these trials are some of the most joyful people I know and still continue to be. They are perfect examples of choosing joy– I’m so proud to call them friends!) If you read yesterday’s post, you read that I was reminded by the verse “Be still and know that I am God”. The great thing about that verse is that isn’t it! There is more: “Be still and know that I am God I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” It is about knowing that when we are still and trust His timing, He will work and He will be exalted because of what He is doing. Let Him do the work folks, He always knows what is best for us and what will glorify Him!

It’s a strange thing how quickly a year passes, yet how many things can change during one short year. I just had my 31st birthday two weeks ago and although I was really dreading my 30′s a couple years ago, I am loving them. I look forward to growing in my faith more, learning more and hopefully, growing my family. Now that we are settled in our rental house in our new town, I have to say, I have never been happier. I can’t wait to tell you about this amazing little town and our plans for building our new home! I’ll save it for later, but now that we are here, now that 2012 is over, I have had some time to think. I heard this song the other day that I haven’t heard in quite a while and it really got me…

“I want to leave a legacy, how will they remember me?
Did I choose to love?
Did I point to you enough to make a mark on things?…”

(Nichole Nordeman)

I’ve been thinking a lot about how we raise our daughter to how I make decisions for family and business. You know, we only have once chance at this life, one opportunity to leave our mark on things. Last year, I had a long list of Goals for the year, not New Years Resolutions, but goals to work toward. I actually looked back at them today and realized I did pretty good. No, I didn’t teach my 3-year-old to read (I know she will learn in her time) and I didn’t have dinner parties once a month, but I did do pretty good on a good majority of them. Have you thought about what your plans are for the year? You don’t have to have a long list, in fact, the shorter, the better so you can focus on the few things that really matter this year.

Here are my goals for the year…

1. Choose Joy
2. Focus on things that matter | what I want to be my legacy
3. Family Time greater than other things | Be unplugged on the weekends
4. Get outside more | be healthier | walk | run | excercize
5. Work on changing/growing HollyDays into what I want to to become

Are you choosing JOY this year, too? I have designed a few art prints that can be framed and are amazing reminders of how the Joy of the Lord is your strength. I’ve got mine framed and in my office and you can have one, too. They are digitally printed on beautiful watercolor paper and are perfect for framing. There are three options available in our shop for $15,  but for today and tomorrow only, I’m offering them for $7.50. You can go HERE to buy one for yourself.

Joy of the Lord is my Strength Art Print

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  • Dad

    You are one of my greatest JOYs,
    Love, Dad

    • HollyDays

      Thanks, Dad, love you.

  • Lacey Brand Hughes

    I love your precious self! I am so very proud to call you friend! You and your sweet family bring joy to my life!

    • HollyDays

      Love you, sweet friend.