Starting over

It’s January 1, 2012, the beginning of a new year . . . the time that millions of people begin working on new resolutions for their lives. It’s also the one year and one day anniversary of when The Dreamer Speaks began. My goal on December 31, 2010 was to blog every day. That worked for a few months, but then life just got the best of me. I tried to keep up and publish a few random posts here and there, but I eventually stopped.

I could say that the reason I stopped blogging was because I got so busy with school and changing jobs and moving, but that’s not really the case. To be honest, I’m not really sure of the reason. What I do know is that I began to beat myself up about it – especially as I would read other people’s blogs and admire how well they were doing. To make matters worse, I would get blog ideas all the time and just wouldn’t sit down and put them on paper. Sometimes I’m my own worst critic. Sometimes I’m my own worst enemy.

I suspect that I am not the only one who deals with this issue. So many people not only have amazing ideas, they also possess the talent and skills to make their dreams a reality. Unfortunately, we spend more time worrying about the “what ifs” than believing in ourselves and doing what we were created to do. We spend so much time trying to plan and over plan when what we’re really doing is procrastinating and trying to protect ourselves from the possibility of failure. Don’t get me wrong, planning is important; but there is such a thing as too much planning.

For the past few months, I’ve been wanting to get back on the blogging horse, but I’ve come up with excuse after excuse. Then I told myself that I would focus on it once the holiday break rolled around. Well, it’s the holiday break, and I still haven’t sat down to work out this grand plan. And it dawned on me . . . just write! I am always encouraging others to work toward fulfilling their God-given purpose, but here I am not doing the same. I know that I was born to write, but I look for excuses not to. Not anymore.

The beginning of a year is a great time to start new things, but it’s also a great time to start an old thing over again. Better than that, January 1st isn’t the only good time for starting over; any of the other 365 (or 366) days of the year just as perfect. So, if you find yourself not following through on your resolutions or life goals (or whatever you call them), don’t beat yourself up about it. Just start over.

I’m grateful for everyone who has taken the time to read my blog, and I hope that you all find some value in it. Please keep coming back, and tell your friends. Here’s to a great year!

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