Hola, Jolene Navarro here thinking about saying hello to a new year and new decade. As I look back over the last year I see all of the highs and lows. Moments of pure joy merged with worry and tragedy. My birthday is also at the beginning of the year (Jan. 2) so it’s a new year for me too. My husband and I went to a local park here in the Texas Hill County and climbed some hills. It was hard to climb that high but so worth the view. That has also been my year –
Not always easy but worth every step.
So what are my resolutions inspirations for the next year?
I could say lose weight be healthier, no impulse shopping save money, & write more words, but I think I want a bigger life then these imply (plus I like to keep it real).
What do we need to find our life’s purpose?
I thought about the lessons I try to teach my students that will take them past high school and into life. In a mirror moment, I realized I still need these lessons too. It seems the older I get the more questions I have.
So what do I need to focus on to have the best life?
Embrace Failure. Failure is an integral part of being human. Failure means you’re trying, learning, and growing. Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from living fully. Do you know who Sara Blakely is? She was raised by a father that taught her to celebrate failure. That was put to the test when she failed her state bar to become a lawyer – more than twice. What she became was the world’s youngest female billionaire by developing a product called Spanx. You should look up her story and all the failure she used to fuel her dream. You can’t let the fear of rejection or ridicule hold you back, you might actually need to embrace it. I say this and teach it but everything inside me screams that I’m a liar. I don’t want the world to see my failures until I have found success. But it doesn’t work that way, does it? lol
One thing I have done well, is to be willing to dance in the rain – this past year I had the opportunity to watch Hugh Jackman dance in the rain and have no regrets. :)
Create your own community. In the mid-1800s, there was a movement that changed how the world would forever look at and judge art. Impressionism was incubated at Café Guerbois.
How did a small group of people accomplish this fete? By meeting together regularly, challenging and debating with each other on the idea of art and what makes it art.
They had heated disagreements over the “rules” of art. Artists such as Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne and Degas made up this group, and their creative energy paved the way for generations of modern artists.
Steve Jobs said collaboration works best when ideas are met with brutal honesty and are forced to explore a deeper purpose. I doubt Degas ever patted Manet on the back and said he had pretty pictures. They didn’t just dream of being artists, they wanted to set the world on fire with their passion despite what the established art world told them. They were told they were impostors and needed to stop trying to be an artist.
It seems I spend many days telling myself that I’m not an impostor…my friends help with this too. We need those kinds of people in our life.
Ten years ago I made the resolution to try and write for commercial publication. I went online and found SARA (San Antonio Romance Authors), and my writing greatly improved because of their questioning and tough critique. I also learned about the realities of being published. Like selling one book doesn’t mean you will be guaranteed to sell another.
I’m published today because of them. They also introduced me to others that changed my life.
In June, for the last seven years, I have made my way to West Texas A&M for a writer’s summer camp. This is where I met Jodi Thomas and now count her as a friend.
The first year I made the five hour trip alone and it was worth it. For five days, ten of us met for almost five hours a day in a class led by Alexandra Sokoloff. It can border on magical. It was a full week of brainstorming and being pushed by this small group to find that twist in my story to make it unique. I learned that the ideas are there, the details buried deep within my brain.
Side benefit? Lifelong friends that “get me” in a way no one else ever will. And most of all, urge me to get it written and put it out into the world.
Resilience – this might be the most important. The ability to keep going on faith alone when it might seem you have no reason to.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6. We want to know why life isn’t fair, why this or why her. We want to know why certain things have happened. I believe in most situations it is senseless to deliberate, to spend hours pondering why. Instead, it is more powerful and ultimately healthy to trust God and use our time meditating on his word to ensure we are on a God-ordained path. A journey only He understands.
“…Weeping may endure for a night. But joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5.
Tough times hit us all and some so much harsher than others. But this too shall pass and joy will be yours. Even death has its own victory.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9.
We might shut him out, but he never leaves us. God is always with me so I don’t have to submit to fear and discouragement! We were created to be courageous. So be bold in strength and courage that God will give to you if you only ask.
As you go into 2020 may you:
1) Embrace Failure
2) Create and Support a Community
3) Be Resilient
Don’t be afraid to turn on the light and expose your dreams to the world. May 2020 be your best year yet.
We were made to be courageous -Casting Crown
Oh, one last thing – I have a new book release – February 18. It is an Easter book. It’s up and ready for pre-orders.
When a lightning storm lands Quinn Sinclair on single mom Belle De La Rosa’s ranch, she finds herself drawn to the handsome conservationist and his children. Belle isn’t looking for love—not while she’s trying to sell part of her ranch to developers to stay afloat. But when she discovers that Quinn’s purpose in town is to stop the sale, can she trust him…with her heart?