Your little small business owner has had a very very restful and happy few weeks off! In all honesty, my original intent was to keep working after Christmas, my boxes of earring supplies already packed. When my mom challenged me to give myself a break, doing nothing but spending time with my family, my sweet Jesus, and doing little things that gave me joy, I was honestly pretty nervous. After spending the last semester on overdrive, I was unsure of having nothing pressing to do for two weeks. I've always prioritized and felt the value in the ability to simply do nothing, especially in a world that prioritizes a hurried, rushed, restless, and distracted way of life. So when my momma encouraged me to put the box back in the closet and close the door, I took a deep breath, felt the nervousness, and did it anyways.
The first few days were a struggle, in all transparency. After a semester of being on overdrive in every area, my body and my mind didn't know what to do. But over time, I felt myself longing once again to sit in the silence, once again able to see Jesus in the beauty and the faces around me, no longer busying enough to validate overlooking it. I felt myself becoming more patient, kind, and easygoing, remembering that my true Joy doesn't come from my achievements or new earring styles, but only through my sweet Savior. Only through the sweet grace and love He gives.
This is my prayer for you and for me this year, that we slow down enough to remember the depth of the joy our sweet Jesus gives. That we reconnect with the sweet people He has given us, always being open to the new faces he puts in our path to shed a little light on. That we grow closer and closer to the loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, gentle, truth-speakers that we were created to be. That we give ourselves the time to rest, time to remain connected to what hold priority in our lives. May we look to this year with hope, joyful of the things to come, leaning in day by day to the intentionality our Father has placed into this year, our year, His year. May we not forget just how precious this life we have been given truly is. May we look forward to this year, holding onto and confident of our purpose, knowing it's a year of hope. A year of Joy. A year of Purpose. May we run toward it with open arms, ready to give a big bear hug to these new days filled with little gold flecks from heaven 🤍