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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

fearless. (& an opportunity)

Happy New Year, friends! 

A new start, a new beginning - new hope. One of my very favorite country singers once said this on a New Year's Eve, "Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one." -Brad Paisley.

The future is bright. What are we going to do with it? 
Yesterday afternoon, on the last day of 2012, I sat in the sunshine with a cup of chai tea and wrote out my "2013 Bucket List", my resolutions, plans, goals, and dreams for the new years. Reflections on the past days that collected together to create 2012, the year we kissed goodbye last night, those opportunities now over, it's challenges faced and overcome, the mistakes made and the dreams pursued. I mused on the past, the changes that need to be made, the lessons I've learned. The questions I always consider when the cover of one year's book is closed and another one open. 

What do you want to do differently? What will you do today that will make you proud in a year? One year from now, what do you wish you had started today? 
  For years, I've chosen a word at the start of each new year. A word to define my goals for the fresh start. This year, my "word" is fearless. I want to fearlessly pursue Jesus, big and crazy dreams, and live each and every day in a way bravely. To fearlessly do what I know God has called me to do, even if no one else understands. 

What are you dreams, friend? What are your goals? What do you want to change? I hope & pray our new year is a growing year, a new season of fresh starts and dreams come true. 

I'm so excited about this year, and thrilled to be on this journey with you! I love this precious community and I have some very exciting things coming to Sweetness Itself. More to come in the coming weeks :) My heart and part of the reason I began Sweetness Itself is to use my little blog and platform here to encourage and inspire women, and to build friendships and a sisterhood. I would love to help your grow your blog or business through my sidebar ads. There are so many amazing women entrepreneurs, writers, and encouragers and I love using this space to connect likeminded sisters and kindred spirits. I would be honored to have you on my sidebar and to feature you in 2013. If you're interested, all the information is below. If not, then all my love sweet friend - and here's to a beautiful, blessed 2013!! 

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  1. LOVE that word. You are fearless, my dear. A fearless, reckless woman of God. I adore your heart!

    Happy 2013! XO!

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  3. I love your word for your year!!! I feel like it goes perfectly with what God has placed on my heart for 2013. You are a fearless women of God so blessed to know you Erin:)

  4. You're going to laugh at this Erin, but guess what one of my two words for 2013 was? kidding! So on that note, here's to being fearless in Jesus together!

  5. I love the idea of picking a word for each year! Fearless seems so fitting for 2013; I love it! Happy new year girl! I adore your blog and will look forward to new posts from you!

  6. fearless was my word for 2011! i might need to revive it for 2013. i'm excited for the things you have coming to your blog this year!

    as for my own goals, i'm thinking of writing an ebook - i think we've talked about this. i'm also thinking some redirection for what she saw and thinking we should have another prayer blitz soon!

  7. I just love this!! Fearless is a perfect word!


  8. Hey sweet lady. Great word choice for the year, excited to see you live out this theme in the new year. Happy New Year Friend!

  9. love your word: fearless. great way to start the year. i'm sharing my goals for the year tomorrow. maybe i should add a word into mine also. love you sweet friend.

  10. SHUT UP.

    That's my goal for this year too!

    No fear.

    I JUST posted that in a comment back to Morgan last night.

    May it be so :)

  11. I actually got a bracelet for Christmas that says Fearless. Now it will remind me that I want to be a Fearless woman of God.

  12. i really, really need to write out my 2013 bucket list/ goal list soon. i really like the word you chose to live your year by, and hope to live much the same. this year hasn't been completely fearless for me, i'm afraid. but i guess no one's perfect :)

    also- i love those pictures of you! xx

  13. Hey you! Happy New Year!
    Do you do button swaps? Would love to do one with you, if you want or able to--don't know your "rules" on that! Sending all my love.

  14. I'm an Erin Elizabeth too! You're the fourth one I've found in Blogland :)

    My mantra for this year is "Don't let your fear decide your fate." - pretty similar to yours!

  15. A great word.. wishing you a great 2013

  16. Thank you for this dear Erin. Fearless....I love that word. Can I join you??

  17. Oh, and the new look is soo cute!!

  18. Hi Erin I missed you sweet girl :) I wanted to come by and wish you a Very Happy new Year. You'll see me around more, I like coming here as I always leave encouraged. Thank you for all that you do!
    Have a great evening! xo


  19. Fearless is a great word to start 2013! I hope it brings everything you wish for and more


sweet friends, share your heart.

"kind words are like honey...sweet..and healing.." -proverbs 16:24.


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