A handwritten note that says, "Year of transformation starts now."

This is the time of year we should pause to reflect on all that has happened, and think about all that is to come. Give thanks for a year of life, and hope for another. I’ve never been one to make New Year’s resolutions, but I’m big on giving myself themes and missions in life.

A day in my life feels like a year sometimes. I’m sure you can relate. I can’t even begin to describe everything that happened and changed this past year. That’s part of the reason why I keep a blog to document the ins and outs, highs and lows of life’s experiences. Of course the most obvious addition to my timeline was moving to Korea in August.

If you grew up in a Midwestern farming community like I did, you’d be familiar with the saying, "In like a lion, out like a lamb.” It has to do with monthly weather patterns. To come ‘in like a lion’ means the month started with wild weather. To go ‘out like a lamb’ means the month ended calmly, pleasant and/or good.

My 2011 went out like a lion. Pretty sure it came in like one too. That’s not a bad thing at all. In fact, I’d rather have it this way. In times of turbulence, transition and change, I seem to grow the most.

Here, my life is transforming. So much so, I’ve themed 2012 as the year of transformation. This year I’ll physically, mentally, financially, and emotionally change in ways, shapes and/or forms I could’ve only dreamed of a year ago.

I’ll learn the foundation of a foreign language. I’ll continue to build relationships, and cross-cultural bridges. The demands of Taekwondo and yoga will strengthen my mental and physical condition. I’ll hope for love, and emotionally prepare for it. I’ll plan to begin a master’s program. I’ll regain control of my finances.

How will 2012 change your life? What do you hope for in the Year of the Dragon? Surely it will start and end fiercely. Kind of goes with the territory of being a dragon. No matter what, it’s going to be a year of transformation for us all. Whether you want it to be or not. Welcome change. Invite it to blow your life apart in beautiful ways.


  1. Love the new look of your blog. Part of your transformation, perhaps?

    1. Thanks, Joy! Definitely part of my transformation that continues in 2013 as well.