Things are gifted to us.
If there is one thing I learned in 2010, it was that all good things in life are gifts. You can’t take yourself too seriously. You can’t take your accomplishments too seriously. You have to accept blessing with grace and gratitude and you have to accept challenge with grace and gratitude.
Never stop growing, never stop reaching, but never forget that there are limits to your strength and that God will carry you forward if you step into his hand at the boundary of your limits. Sometimes you need to rest. Sometimes you need to cry. And sometimes you need to pray.
Don’t be afraid to believe. Don’t be afraid to speak your beliefs out loud. Don’t be afraid to live your beliefs out loud. Who are you afraid of? What are you waiting for?
2010 saw me taking a lot of time to rest and pray and believe. It saw me learning how to accept challenge with grace and gratitude. It saw me learning how to trust God with the hardest of all the things a woman can release to Him – a child. It saw me opened to a whole new world of need – the world of mental health and the children who fight for their lives there. And it saw me contemplate what to do with my exposure to that world. It saw me contemplate how Body Wise and my professional passion fit in with that world.
I have a lot of hopes and dreams for 2011. I love what we have done with our Body Wise team. I love the education we have given people. I love that we have made a real difference in many lives. I’m proud of what we have done together.
Body Wise is like the world’s best little-known secret. We believe in the power of change. We believe in the power of accountability and team work. We believe in the power of dreams. We don’t want to be the biggest. We want to be the ‘real’-est. When people join our team, they don’t hear stories of greed and materialism. They hear stories of regular lives that were changed because they believed they were ready for a journey of change and we gave them a map to follow.
Body Wise is a gift that has been given to us. It is an opportunity whereby we can make a difference as an extension of our own goals for our health. How many jobs let you support yourself by living out what you believe? Not many. But we do. I’m proud of that too.
I’m proud of the direction our team is heading in 2011. I have awoken to a wider perspective for our team this year. I’m not afraid to lead you forward. I’m not afraid of the future. I’m not afraid of following my dreams and encouraging you to follow yours. I’m not afraid of the people who decide our dream isn’t right for them. I’m proud of what we do, and I’m proud of who we are.
Together we will make a difference in 2011.
Thank you for being part of my life.
Love your friend,