As I sit writing this, it’s the 6th of January, and our new year has just begun.  There’s plenty of time for each of us to make this a year filled with good health, increased happiness, and a renewed sense of purpose.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t personally make New Year’s Resolutions.  They don’t seem to work for me.  I do like to think of this time as a symbolic invitation to start fresh, though.  The year of 2012 is like a clean slate — ready for each of us to draw our own magic on it!

What do you want your new creation to be?  Do you want to paint your year in bright, joyful colors with big, bold, open strokes?  What would that look like for you?

Right now, the future possibilities might be lying dormant.  Just like the scene captured in this picture!  The thick blanket of snow is hiding what’s underneath.  There’s a sense of stillness, like everything is hushed and waiting.  Are you waiting too?  What are you waiting for?

We all have an opportunity to look at the choices we make on a daily basis, and see if they’re supporting the kind of lives we want.  If they aren’t, then we have the freedom to make new choices!

What if we’re unhappy but uncomfortable with change?  The truth is that if we keep painting our days in shades of black and gray, and staying within the same tight, little circles we know so well, nothing will change!  We will get what we’ve always gotten.

It’s unlikely that we will look back on 2012 next December 31st, and see a year of glorious, vibrant color and expansive openness, unless we dare to break out of our old, familiar behaviors!  Are you willing to risk being different and maybe even vulnerable?

Are you ready to pick up your paints, and start to create your own vision for 2012?

Until next time,


*  Photo credit goes to Mary Lou Aukee


  • I really enjoy this blog article about ‘painting’ our days with color and breathing newness and life into 2012 as we move forward 🙂 , also how hard it can be to do to stray from what is ‘comfortable’ but how exciting it can be to ‘create’ such a ‘vibrant’ journey and path before us 🙂 , thank you Linda for this!

  • Thank you, Teri, for taking the time to share your thoughts with me! I’m so glad you liked this post. I know you empower women on a daily basis, so I very much appreciate that you saw value in what I’ve written!

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