• Mary Elizabeth Sieg-Weeks

The Journey Begins

We are six months into 2021 and it has truly been a year of renewal for me. My Bible verse of the year outlines God's plan for me. I have used this verse over and over again in my writing and I am sure before the year is over there will be a deeper message. Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

I was overhearing a conversation my niece and nephew were having on speakerphone as she tried to explain to him that prayers aren't just answered. God is our father, but not the kind of father most kids get only on the weekend. He wants us to have the fruits of our labor but in order to actually get our allowance we need to do our chores. We need to use our talents and let them multiply instead of saying our prayers after we bury our talents keeping them safe. We need to pray like it depends on God and work like it depends on us.

Today in The United States we celebrate Independence Day. The day our forefathers separated themselves and our country from England. The day The United States became The United States. Our forefathers wanted a better life for themselves, their families and for generations to come so they took action. They started a whole country. Is today the best day to begin a little journey of my own?

Yesterday I watched a video by Erin May Henry telling us how to "Change Your Life in Six Months". This video inspired me to continue my year of growth and begin where I am.

But how do I do that? Self help 101 always includes Ben Franklin's "Fail to plan, plan to fail quote. You can't get anywhere without knowing how to get there. This week I will alternate 2 workouts I searched last night, begin planning my road map and use my weekend camping trip as a spontaneous mini retreat to do a little self digging and discovering. I will introduce myself to the me I wish to be and plan the steps I need to take to get there.

I will start with questions like:

Who do you want to be on New Years Day 2022?

What is your mission and vision for the rest of the year?

What exactly do you need to accomplish in these last 6 months?

How can you break those accomplishments into manageable goals?

I will update my journey this week with a post on Wednesday. What goals are you working on for the second half of 2021?

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