365 days + 1….2012 has come to an end. The year definitely made its mark in the history books; from unprecedented tragedy to just as extraordinary triumphs, we all were on a roller coaster ride filled with ups and downs. Moments that stretched our faith and challenged what we could fathom possible for ourselves; moments that caused us to shed the cocoon of fear that kept us as sleeping caterpillars long awaiting the manifested dreams of our transformed selves; moments of hope that allowed us to connect with other beautiful souls that will continue to be the wind of love beneath our wings of courage as we take on new life. Yes….2012 was quite a year.
This is the time where we are all reflecting on the things that we have overcome and the memories that we have stored all while planning for the New Year…what we hope to get rid of, do more of, create, build, gain, restore. It all begins today.
As I sit here in my new home, which I just moved into yesterday, I bear a tremendous amount of gratitude for all that was in the last year. The lessons learned have been absolutely priceless. 366 days ago I began a journey to make a declaration everyday that reflected that which I wanted to see manifested in my daily life. I went into the year with the determination to embrace the purpose of my life and accept the promises of God that I so eloquently spoke of and encouraged others to pursue. Daily I declared “I AM WORTHY. I AM equipped. GOD’S plan IS at work in my life. And I AM occupying my purpose.”
I had to realize that I struggled with feeling that I could not accomplish my dreams and goals because somehow I wasn’t worthy of them. Or that I couldn’t have certain opportunities because I somehow didn’t have what it takes. I prayed to God, yet I wasn’t so sure that what I was going through was HIS plan for me, and that somehow I had interrupted that plan and my purpose was now obsolete.
*wipes brow* WHEW! Thank GOD He is in control and not me. If we were in control we would be passing out the death sentence for stepping on an ant wouldn’t we!?!?!?
Throughout the year I experienced the very essence of the words that I declared every day. There were moments that left me completely in awe of God’s grace and love, but I will admit that there were some moments where I found myself wondering why such crazy, inconvenient, unfortunate things had to happen.
I learned so much about myself and have definitely learned to appreciate ME more during this time. I am so grateful that I can accept the greatness inside of me as a right and not as an added bonus for good behavior. Even more so, I am grateful for understanding that living out loud is ok. Being the great, talented, fabulous person I was created to be gives way for others to do the same because I am an example of the possibilities in not being afraid to live.
It has taken me all of my life to really understand the meaning of SELF-CONFIDENCE. Sure we all know the definition of the term, but do we truly know how to LIVE in it? To TRULY be conscious of our own power and ability is the greatest gift we can ever give to ourselves, our loved ones….the world. We owe no one anything for the realization of self. It is our simple consciousness of our power; our love; our light in this great spectrum of life that allows us to dwell in and embrace the significance of our creation.
I AM worthy of every experience…every opportunity…every blessing…every miracle because it is God’s plan for me to live a life filled with examples of His love and grace. I AM equipped for the possibilities and challenges in life because I embrace the opportunity for growth in them all. God’s plan IS at work in my life because He is in control and even my biggest mistake couldn’t change His mind about the plan He created for me. And, yes, I AM occupying my purpose as I LIVE and share my love…my light…my life.
Declaration 365, try it for yourself and see what manifests for you this year.
Happy New Year!