Happy New Year! (#21)

This past year has been a lot about reflecting for me, which is good, and I still have 4 more months until my 30th birthday. I hope I can continue to work toward my goals in that time. In the meantime, life still happens, right? Christmas went by in a flurry of parties and events, and new years was kind of the same. There are only 11 more days until my trip to Thailand and starting new classes. But for now, it's time to think about what 2012 is going to bring.
One of my kindred spirits, Krystal shared this blog on Facebook, and I was indeed inspired. The blog challenges us to come up with a word (One Little Word) to represent your hopes for the next year. On the blog it says, You live with it. You invite it into you life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities
Do check it out. A lot of people had some very nice sounding words, especially in the comments, like nurture, gravity, believe etc. And as I was reading a word came into my head. Not an especially poetic word, a short little word with a lot of possibility. So I have chosen the word ASK to guide me in 2012.
Why ask?
First of all, this year, I will begin to ask a lot of questions about the future. Who do I want to be in my 30s? What do I want to do after I graduate? But more importantly, I want to ask God. I want to be more mindful of His will in my life.
As a student, I will be asking a lot, and this coming semester, I'll be asking my big research question and completing my final thesis/project.
As part of my 30 before 30, I need to continue asking myself questions to better my life: Do I really need to buy that, keep that, eat that, do that?
I mentioned in my last post that I'm leading my small group through the book of James, and in there is a verse that reminds us to be "slow to speak, quick to listen, and slow to become angry." As a teacher, and especially living in Taiwan, I've been trained to always have something to say, always be ready to give a speech, or talk about something with strangers. But this year I really need to take more time to ASK other people questions and listen to their answers.
So this year, I will ask more. I'm excited to discover how that will come to manifest itself in my life. So how about you? Are you interested in joining in? What's your word for the year?


  1. Thanks for sharing your ponderings and the verse from Jeremiah. I am also considering where/what/ how for the next ten years. May the Lord give us both answers as we follow His will.
    What a great idea to have a word for the year.. hmmm...maybe my word would be SEEK, as I seek His will and His words.


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