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2013: The Year of CHANGE


I’ve officially been home for two weeks now, and I finally feel like I’m starting to get my groove back in my American life. Whew, so glad to finally feel at home again!

And I have to admit, moving back at the end of the year was a pretty great decision.  All drama form my time in Bolivia aside, I love the feeling that comes with the turn of the year.  The hope that new things are possible, and the motivation to make you life what you’ve always wanted it to be.  In this season where new an potentially life-changing decisions are a given in my life’s journey, it’s nice to know that so many others are walking their path to greater lives right along with me.


So, with the start of this new life, I’ve chosen a word that’s going to kind of be my theme word for 2013, and that word is CHANGE.  I guess the word is kind of obvious, I mean my life right now looks nothing like my life did a month ago, but when I sat down to think about what I wanted out of this year the word CHANGE just hung over me.  I feel like there’s going to be a lot of it this year, whether I want it or not, so instead of fighting it I’m choosing to embrace it, and I’m actually kind of excited.

To start with the theme of CHANGE, I’ve made a few changes with the look of my blog, can you tell?  My original theme was centered around my time in Bolivia (I mean, I had llamas on my banner for pete’s sake), but now that I’m back in the states I wanted a new fresh look that I feel like is a lot more “me.”

There’s also going to be some changes in the content of this blog.  While I still intend to write about service experiences when they happen, my blogging will be transitioning from a “missionary blog” to more of a “Life blog.”  For years I’ve admired and been inspired by so many bloggers and at the same time struggled to find my identity in the blogersphere.  I’ve tried to get going so many times, but it’s hard to write blogs about thrifting when you’re living in Bolivia or about traveling when you’re stuck at home.  So, now that I have some stability in my living situation I feel like I can finally blog the way I want to, and in the coming weeks you’re going to see a lot of the new content I hope to introduce here as I attempt to build my readership to a base extending beyond just friends and family (although I love you guys so much!).

Instead of fearing that I need to stay within a “blogger box” this is going to be a place where I write about whatever the heck I want to write about.  There will be some travel, and a lot of just general life stuff, but you’ll be seeing many posts about Project Life, thrifting, cooking and DIYing along the way.

So my dear readers, I’m declaring 2013 as the most epic year of my life yet.  I have to admit, I wasn’t excited about moving back to the US, but I have a feeling great things are in store and I hope you’ll stick around for the ride.



Author: Manda

Hello! I'm a lover of adventure, budgets, creativity, and living life to the fullest!

3 thoughts on “2013: The Year of CHANGE

  1. Great attitude! For so much of my life, I’ve been afraid of change. I’m so hesitant of it that I forget that God can’t change what is IN us until we are open to him changing what is AROUND us! I decided to work on that attitude this year, so I guess we’re headed down a similar road. Cheers to changes!

  2. I look forwar to seeing what 2013 has in store as well. I too believe this will be a year for Change.

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