Out of the completion of 2011 there have been many lessons picked from the soup of experiences that will be carried into the construction of my future.  These I have labeled the five commitments. 






Commitment 1.  I will take care to maintain my wellbeing.

This is a commitment of many levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.  Physically I will monitor my rest, my eating habits, my exercise and go to my checkups with doctors and dentists.  Mentally I will ensure that I rest, feed my brain with productive and enriching reading and activities, and apply myself with diligence to my mental tasks.  Emotionally I will take care to rest myself, take time for myself to enjoy beauty, love, loved ones, family and places of peace.  Spiritually I will commit time to pray and to meditate spending time with my God.  I make this commitment because I am all I have to give and this gift must be stewarded well.

Commitment 2.  I will be a disciplined leader in my work. 

I will be the epitome of customer service standards, fair leadership and commitment to meeting the needs of my team members and clients.  This has been relatively easy to maintain in the past but as my responsibilities grow and my team grows so too will the instances where this resolution is tested grow in number and frequency.  It must now be resolved.

Commitment 3. I will complete my book.

The steps have been plotted and the outline drawn.  I know what I need to do.  Already I have begun to do.  But discipline will need to be employed for me to pour this book into being.

Commitment 4.  I will be open to entering a relationship.

In this commitment I mark the end of my period of commitment to being single.  It was a time of healing, of focused growing and of learning.  Now a new era will be allowed to dawn.  I just need to practice being open to what I have been decidedly closed to for quite some time.

Commitment 5.  I will test the spirits.

As commanded in my Bible, I will carefully test the spirits of the people who enter my life before assigning them a role in my story.  No one will be called friend or foe without having earned the name.  People will simply be allowed to BE in my presence. 


It is popular to pay lip service to New Beginnings.  New jobs, new homes, big moves and big changes have their own hype and energy around them.  They each offer a new and unique opportunity to step away from what has been and create what will become.  New Years Days have always been met with hope and joy and promise for me.

But what about the baggage?

You know what I mean by baggage.  It is the residue of old hurts and old disappointments, the coping mechanisms that they activate in us that then become defensive pieces of armor welded to our personalities.  This baggage-armor is heavy and we are naturally fused to it.  It takes action akin to surgery to remove it.

And so, new beginnings bring new hope and ideas of walking away from the old, but do we really?  How much of the old poison is carried over like extra vacation days?

Introducing the concept of COMPLETION.

This year, before even making my resolutions, I have applied myself to letting go.  But it isn’t something I was born knowing how to do.  I researched it, discussed it with wise people in my life, and worked through some very practical steps that were recommended to me.  My findings were that it is not a short process and it is not worth doing if not done thoroughly.  It involves the complete purging of ones’ emotions around the issue, taking the lessons out of the soup, and finding gratefulness to close the chapter.  New Years Day 2012 has found me prepared like an athlete working her way through weeks of training for a marathon to let go, complete, and move on.

I have spent the better part of this afternoon and many afternoons leading up to this writing out every emotion and purging myself, driving through this process.  I have isolated circumstances and protagonists of 2011 and those carried over from before and vomited page after page after page of written words.  Words carrying weight that have sat on my bones and joints and festered in my organs like a cancer.  The process began weeks ago and layer after layer has been stripped revealing my clean and healthy essence in place of rough and calloused armor.  By no means is this process fully complete.  But I am excited to find that there is soooo much space once you defragment your emotions and choose what you’d like to save! 

The New Year finds many a home spotless and expectant.  There are festivities and celebrations all over the world.  Desks are cleaned on the last day of work for the year.  Garbage is taken out of the house.  All in preparation for a fresh start.  But what of hearts?  What of minds?

I challenge every one of my readers to face this year with confidence.  Complete your grief processes and the cycles of disappointment as best you can.  Forgive where that is called for.  Chip away at your callouses.  Purge yourself of your baggage.  And offer the space that you have cleaned out to the will of God and new opportunities.  Face the adventure of your future with space.  Space for love, space for joy, space for adventure and space to grow.

Travel light!  Happy New Year!