What if today was January 1st?

There is just something about the beginning of the year. first is a clean slate, an empty notebook with the promise of much, a bag full of hopes not yet realized but tangible. It’s a permission to dream.



But today is July 8th, and not January 1st. And on July 8th, we kind of don’t look into the hope bag anymore because by then we just live everyday life going through the motions, and the expectation is not the same at all. The year is more than half way over, and it feels more like routine than excitement, more like plain than exotic, more like habit than thrill.

Yes, it’s all right. Life is not all thrills and frills. Routines are the backbone of life, plain is more realistic, habits are good things.

But not, it’s not all right. Because routines kill dreams, plain stifles expectations, and habits starve romance.

And we all need romance.

So today, let’s give ourselves permission to dream. Let’s pretend it’s January 1st. Let’s dress the part and show up.


July 8th, here we come! Life, here we come again.

I wonder what will happen. Doesn’t wondering feel delicious? It’s not a July 8th kind of thing, you know…

Sometimes, I link up with any or all of these wonderful writers: Hearts 4 Home,SDG, Hearts Reflected, WLW, EOA, Things I can’t say, Growing Home, Play Dates with God, Monday Musings, Hear it on Sunday,Inspire Me Monday, Tell me a Story, The Better Mom, a Mama’s Story, Into the Word, In and Around Mondays,OYHT, Gratituesday,Titus2Tuesdays, Extraordinay, Lessons from Ivy,Denise in Bloom, Sweet Blessings, Faith Filled Friday, Finding Joy,WholeHearted Home, Mom’s the Word, Reclaiming a Redeemed Life, Still Saturday. Wildcrafting Wednesdays, WFMW



  1. We love the new, the hope and the idea of fresh change, don’t we? We crave it. Thank you for inspiring the thought that it is always available. I loved being your neighbor on Holly’s site.


  2. We just started a back to school routine, and even though it’s structured habit, it feels phenomenal compared to our wild summer:) A time for everything….thankful for this change and yes, it feels so exciting!! What a nice reminder today, thank you!


  3. I am so thankful that God is not in a box and He is able to do the exciting, unexpected miracle that we need for “Today.” May all our Jan 1st be a thrilling and electrifying every day occurrence. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.


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