An Unusual New Year’s Blog…


This New Year’s morning underscores the transient nature of resolutions.  From my window – between the smog and and fog, I can’t even see the subway station and this is my way of deciding to stay indoors and in town.  Anyone who resolved to run every day this year may be in a bit of trouble today!

So while the Beijing crowd is challenged by their resolutions, the rest of my friends, especially in North America – haven’t even watched the clock turn or flipped the calendar page!

Last year I tried to focus on TRUST and that was harder to do than I thought – especially in the little details of my life.  I’m not so great at waiting – especially when I can solve the problem quickly myself.  Waiting patiently is a part of trust.

I ended the year with two quotes on my wall.  Both came across my Facebook feed, and both speak of discipline.  It all comes down to that.


So, of course this year I want to be more disciplined.  This may be my last opportunity to teach abroad.  I am going home at the end of June – and starting a new adventure.  The rules will change, the people will change, the language….everything will be new again and different.

My personal goal for this year is two fold – to end well in June and begin well in July.  How that looks is uncertain at the moment.  But I do know this to be true:

  • My life as a follower of Christ should be a disciplined one.
  • His yoke is easy and the burden is light – He makes it so.
  • His path is a path of adventure – and I realise this every day.
  • He has given me the option to choose – and I need to make the choice of discipline more than once a day!

Now that I’ve sorted that out for myself, I can move on with my day – determining the things I still want to accomplish in Beijing!


Xin Nian Kuai Le!


About Marcia Stehouwer

I have a great life (most days) and a small budget, so being frugal is one of my favourite hobbies. I started this blog after procrastinating for 3 months, on April Fool's Day. I knit, I read, I knit, I work... I am also about a quarter of the way through my goal to lose 100 pounds. So between knitting, working, reading etc., I also do some walking! EDIT: 2021. I am not closer to my weight goal, but moving forward. The budget is still small. We are renting our homestead and progressing towards our family dream!
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