A new year and a clean slate

What is it about a new year that feels like a chance to start over again? January 1 is really just an arbitrary day on the calendar, another day in a string of endless days. Perhaps it's the placebo effect (we *think* it's new, therefore it *feels* new), or perhaps it's the satsifaction of getting back down to business after weeks of holiday busy-ness and routine-derailing Christmas events and days off.

Whatever it is, I don't care! I love the feeling of a clean slate. The chance to start afresh. I love cleaning out my son's toys and scooting off bags of tired old playthings to the Good Will to find a better life.  I love wiping off the whiteboard in my studio of last year's projects and making new lists of things to accomplish this year.  I love the feeling that the old is past, the new has come, and ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!  

"Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." Phillipians 3:13 (NIV)

So what's your favorite thing about the new year, and what are your goals this year?  Here are mine:

- Get back in shape.  (I'm not attaching a number to this, either here or in my mind! I just want to be healthy and fit to do what God has called me to do with excellence -- and without huffing and puffing as I step off stage. ;)

- Write one song per month.

- Do more co-writing.

- Get better at my radio show.  (Did I mention I host a radio show now? :)  You can listen at 2:00 pm EST the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month on www.thevoyceradio.com on "The Sound of Unity" stream)

- Start the novel I've always wanted to write. 

Happy new year to you!  What are you gonna do with your clean slate?  The sky's the limit!

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