It’s 2016, and I’m Going Beyond

January 1, 2016 in faith, goals, one little word, self discovery

Life is full of surprises, isn’t it? There’s always something going on, and it’s never quite like we predicted – good, bad, or otherwise. And I’ve really felt these past two years have been a roller coaster for me. From divorce, to finding new love and new adventures, to finding myself and what I want in life – it’s been chaotic and filled with new. And all of this has taught me one thing: God has plans far beyond my wildest dreams or expectations.

Just when I think I’m at my lowest low, things look up or start to improve, and I find myself in a place I never dreamt I’d be. For example, I never thought in a million years that I’d be divorced (yes, I’ve said this a million times #sorrynotsorry #truth). But here I am, thankful for the divorce! Say what?! It’s true. I’m thankful it happened and for where I am today. Just when I think I’m settled and am in a good place, God moves me and change happens. Change that I’m resistant to and struggle with, but that happens regardless. And because of it all, I know more about myself and my God than I ever imagined. But I want more.

This goes for so many things in life, and this year, I’m joining in the fun that is One Little Word, and I’m focusing on the beyond.


I want to break down the barriers that come with expectations and limitations. I want to free myself from what other people think and feel I should be doing or who I should be. I want to open myself and my life to every single possibility that’s out there – anything and everything that God has in store for me. I want to be accepting of it and of all the lessons and strength and passion and happiness and frustration that comes along with it.

beyond[bee-ond, bih-yond]

outside the understanding, limits, or reach of; past:

This year, I’m focusing on the beyond. I’m opening myself and my thoughts and actions up to everything outside my own understanding, breaking my own limits that I set upon myself time and time again. Beyond the negativity. Beyond the hurt. Beyond the pain. Beyond frustration. Guilt. Anxiety. Sadness. Ridicule. Criticism. Grief. But also beyond my own realm of happiness. Beyond my knowledge of the Word of God and what I think I already know of Bible Study. I’m going to push past the limits of exhaustion and restlessness and most of all, procrastination. I’m going beyond it all.

I’m striving to go beyond what I believe in myself – to reach new heights within my self discovery and really find out who I am and what I’m capable of doing/being. I want to surprise everyone, but mostly myself. I’m aiming to reach beyond the impossible; beyond the improbable; beyond the unlikely. And I’m hoping you’ll join me. Or at least follow along. Because part of this “beyond-ness” is documenting what it looks like and what’s coming of it as this year happens. That’s right, I’m going BEYOND my initial hopes and dreams for this blog, too. Which means more content, more consistency (thank God!), and more fun things to look out for. And that’s only in one area of my life. I’m excited to see what all this year holds!

In 2016, I’m living BEYOND. 

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