Friday, January 7, 2011

2011 Goals - LOVE MORE - Goal #1

Goal #1 - LOVE MORE

We have counted down my top 5 goals to make 2011 the best year ever and today I will share with you goal #1.  I saved this one for last because it is, by far, the most important... to LOVE MORE. 

In order to move forward in 2011, I have to look at where I have come from.  I have spent the past 1-1/2 years struggling through the darkest period in my life.  It all started in August of 2009 when I watched my young, strong, handsome husband endure emergency back surgery for a shattered disk, knowing that his life would never be the same again.  Just days later, I watched my Dad, the first man I ever loved, pass away from leukemia, a disease that had ravaged his body, but never his spirit.  This was followed a couple of weeks later by watching my 88-year-old grandmother (my Dad's mom) pass away from, quite literally, a broken heart.  By the end of a 6-week period of time, my life had changed forever. 

As I look back on the months that followed, I honestly couldn't tell you how I muddled through.  I remember telling myself, "1 foot in front of the other," and thought I had done pretty well... but that wasn't really the case.  I was a hot mess.  I can see that now coming out the "other side."  A series of events was set into motion with a domino effect that tested me in every possible way.  

My goal of "LOVE MORE" in 2011 is really the foundation of all the other goals that I have set: 
  • Love myself:  Healthy living!
  • Love my family:  Focus on family activities and FUN!
  • Love my home:  Time to organize and turn this house into a home!
  • Love my faith:  Be more faithful in reading the Word and embrace my purpose. 
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me."   -Erma Bombeck

Welcome 2011!
May It Be A BLESSED Year For All!

Katie Burke
Stampin' Up!® Independent Demonstrator
Pine Mountain / LaGrange, Georgia

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