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AYRI- Adding Life to Year 29 (GROWTH)

So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 1 Cor 3:7 (NIV)

Wow, the first month of 2018 is almost over, it feels as though it simply flew by. For me personally, as I looked ahead to 2018, it’s growth that really stood out for me in all areas, spiritually, physically, mentally, professionally and more. I was reminded of my birthday post which emphasized growth and was the catalyst that started this entire series. I’m personally challenged to be better than I was yesterday in some small way.

As is common for the new year, I took time to write down goals and plans for 2018 which I will work towards achieving. I went a step further than 2017 and created my first vision board which was an enjoyable activity and an example of growth. It’s been great seeing my photos and quotes daily as a visual reminder of my goals. I certainly see this being an activity that I continue annually.

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I dusted off The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy and re-read key chapters to inspire myself as I planned for this new year. The general premise of the book is that small, smart & consistent choices in a particular area will lead to compounded results in the long run. The key is being consistent and when you gain momentum, this snowballs into huge results. Darren gave a simple example related to fitness where small changes in nutrition (either increasing calories or decreasing calories by a small amount) over a couple of years will lead to very different results: 1 person becoming overweight and the other losing weight.

In addition, as I considered growth and what that would look like for me this year, God reminded me of the verse above in 1 Corinthians 3. God has given me a part to play in this pursuit of growth, however, I am always dependent on Him for true growth that makes a difference and has a lasting impact.

There’s so much more I could say on this topic but will stop here. For my practical examples this month, I will share 3 ways that I have been adding growth to my 2018 thus far.

Adding Growth to Year 29- Practically

  • Praying in colour- This has been a fun addition to my prayer life as I converse with God through simple drawings and art (Read more here)
  • Developing a sustainable fitness routine- It’s easy to start and stop with my fitness & nutrition efforts but my plan is to develop consistency this year
  • Scheduling regular time for rest- It’s not just my body that requires rest, I’m learning that rest is also refreshing spiritually & mentally


What is one way that you can pursue growth this year?


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