I long to be more. I long to do more. To grow more, to love more. Don't we all?

In twenty twelve, I want to be more.
More patient. God does beautiful, incredible things through times of waiting.
More loving.
More fully and completely myself. Last year was defining in that way, and I am going to build on that.
More full of Jesus.
More joyful. Contagiously joyful-- so much so that it is unavoidable, inevitable, and yes, contagious.
More purposeful. 
More positive.
More real, more authentic.
More content. Truly, honestly content.

In twenty twelve, I want to do more.
To write more.
To cook + bake more.
To dream more (if that's possible..)
To travel more (definitely possible)
To laugh more.
To journal more.
To have lunch and coffee and do things with friends more often.
To live more fully. Every day, not wasting a moment.
To learn more. (working on a reading list, and yes, if you must know, it's a little crazy and more than slightly ambitious.)
To blog more. 
To pray more.
To create more.

In twenty twelve, I want to grow more.
To know Jesus more. So simple to say, yet not so simple to find time for. 
To make time for the above. ;)
To stretch myself and push my self in art, in life, with relationships, etc.
To work harder. So, so easy to type and talk about yet, in the moment, difficult to push through. I am capable.
To shed fear for good. Irrational fear, that is. With God, I have literally nothing to fear. Why waste the time on it? Fear robs me of chances to get things right. The last thing that I want is to look back on this year wondering what I could have done if I were not afraid.

In twenty twelve, I want to love more.
To know better the heart of God for orphans. This is so, so crucial to me, and God has been refining my heart in this a lot lately. 
To more deeply love my family.
To invest more in the lives of my friends. They are literally my extended family, and I think that if that's the case I should know them even better.
To invest, also, in the lives of the precious first graders I teach on Sunday mornings. I want to know their birthdays, to know what to pray for for them, to just know their hearts and their talents.

This list, these aspirations are so much deeper than what is written here. To each is attached a dream, an abstract thought forming in my mind including goals and plans for executing them. I love having a new beginning, a new chance to be, do, grow, and love more.

What do you aspire to do more of in the next twelve months?

Happy Weekend.



  1. Ok. Love the picture + typography. And beautiful writing!

  2. amen. oh, your photography makes me swoon. :)

    come stop for tea @ gracesgardenwalk.blogspot.com

    1. ha, thank you! so excited for guest posting on your blog soon!

  3. Cool post! and I absolutely love the quote! Definitely something to remember.