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Hello 2016! Belated Happy New Year & Motivation for 2016


Belated Happy New Year!! The first three days of the new year have been about the same as the last three WEEKS of the old year: busy busy busy!! I had numerous sewing projects to complete before Christmas, in addition to the usual decorating, visiting, and even a second Christmas celebration just yesterday with some of my family (kids and grandkids!)

But I have declared 2016 to be the year of “completion” for me; instead of becoming discouraged and lagging behind to the point I tend to get overwhelmed and give up, I want to overcome obstacles and follow things through to completion instead.



So here are some motivational thoughts as we enter the first week of this new year.


“God created us to need new beginnings–

places where we can release our faith and say,

‘This is a place of new beginnings for me,

a place to have a new start.’

The dawn of a new year is always

a good time for a fresh start.

Seldom do your circumstances change

without something first changing in you.

So if you want to experience God’s ‘new thing’ this year,

release your faith right now and say,

‘This is a place of new beginnings for me.’

Then watch the results.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”


My reflections:

This is one of my favorite “new year” motivational thoughts; and my favorite line in this one is: “Seldom do your circumstances change without something first changing in you.”  I have begun to experience this, and hope to experience more of it in this new year! Not so much make resolutions, but pray and seek God’s leading on making CHANGES in me first, and then see how people and circumstances around me change.


Happy New Year and what are your thoughts?

If you celebrated Christmas, how was it? How is your new year going so far? Do you agree with this motivational thought, and especially the line I mentioned?


  1. Alana

    I agree that any change has to begin within yourself because we are the only ones capable of changing our own behaviors. My new year word is “determination” – I could also use some completion. I am famous for my unfinished projects.

    03 . Jan . 2016
  2. Tami

    I’ve been stuck in the same circumstances for so long. Then, there was a change in me and now I’m making progress toward in the direction God wants me to go.

    Your word “completion” is a perfect word to use! It would be a great reminder to myself to actually finish things I start.

    03 . Jan . 2016
  3. Sojourner

    What a great post! I too have declared 2016 to be the year of completing projects that I started in 2015 and 2014. Best to you in your endeavors.

    03 . Jan . 2016
  4. michelle

    i totally agree the change has to start with you before your circumstances could change. I had a great christmas this year and am looking forward to my first day of work in 2016 tomorrow after Christms break

    03 . Jan . 2016
  5. Eileen Kelly

    Very true, we are in control of the change. Happy New Year. I wish you a wonderful year

    04 . Jan . 2016
  6. Elizabeth O.

    I love that the word of the year is Balance. That’s what we all need in our lives. Thank you for the lovely post, it’s very inspiring!

    04 . Jan . 2016
  7. Angela at Daysinbed

    I love the quote you shared. It is so true. Changes need to come from within! Happy New Year.

    Angela x

    04 . Jan . 2016
  8. Eileen Mendoza Loya

    I always have mixed feelings about change. In a corporate setting, change is something every employee dreads. However, it is different when talking about goals and personal improvement. I have a lot of imperfections and I have to start with changing my outlook in life.

    04 . Jan . 2016
  9. R U S S

    Completion. I love how it’s screaming determination so you go girl. You just need to have the right attitude and take action and you’ll make waves. I wish you the best for this year and may you achieve everything that you’ve set to achieve in 2016.

    04 . Jan . 2016
  10. Terri Beavers

    I am looking forward to a year of changes and wish you a Happy New Year. We had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

    04 . Jan . 2016
  11. melandria romero

    a motivation that we need to take into consideration so that we can achieve the things we wanted.

    04 . Jan . 2016
  12. Mardene Carr

    Happy happy new year to you too…great post

    04 . Jan . 2016
  13. angie

    I am thankful that God blessed me with a husband who is on time with nearly every thing. He complements me because I am late on most things We have been together nearly 30 years and his completion time makes me work harder and finish it all

    04 . Jan . 2016
  14. Jan Kearney

    “Completion” what a great determined word! I agree with you line too, “Seldom do your circumstances change without something first changing in you.”
    The only thing we can control is our actions and reactions. Without changing ourselves then circumstances will not change.
    Happy New Year!

    04 . Jan . 2016
  15. Jenn Peters

    Loved this! We can’t expect change if we aren’t willing to step out and do something! Best wishes for your new year 🙂

    04 . Jan . 2016
  16. Natalie

    I think as soon as I get out of this jobless thing I am, my 2016 will actually go somewhere, in the middle I am stuck and I am sick and tired of it.

    04 . Jan . 2016
  17. Jessica Cassidy

    Happy New Year to you too and to your family as well. I wish you all the luck for 2016 with full of love and happiness.

    04 . Jan . 2016
  18. Marielle Altenor

    Happy New year to you! I want to complete some of my failed 2015 goals.

    05 . Jan . 2016
  19. Marts

    Change has to start in us, and God is more than willing to reward us with His heavenly blessings as we obey Him 🙂 This is inspiring!

    06 . Jan . 2016
  20. Vatsala Shukla

    Happy New Year and Happy New Day, Karen. Interestingly 2015 was the year that I ended with completion of projects to start 2016 with a fresh outlook and take the next steps in my vision and harness the energy of a 9 number year.

    I’m looking forward to reading more of your journey this year.

    06 . Jan . 2016

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