Reflections on the past year and looking forward to change

It’s time for change both here in America and in my own little world.  It’s been time for change for awhile but now I finally feel that I have the direction and the experience to change.  I know what I want and I know, at least in part, how to get it. . . at least in my own little world.

My first change was to change my blog from Blogger to here.  I have uploaded all of my previous blogs but I feel like they were too focused on me and while I want this blog to focus on me, I also want to shed light on some of the things that I feel need changing in this world.  I have been a closeted liberal for yrs due to my upbringing and living in the South. I come from a conservative, religious Republican family and am now married to a soldier so being liberal can be difficult.  During the past election I was ridiculed and blasted by some fellow military wives and some fellow Christians because I voted for Obama.  I was basically told that I was going to hell and one former friend even siad that I could not be Democrat and Christian.  I guess I missed the memo about Republicans being divinely appointed by God.  I found that the more people blasted me for my vote, the more I defended my vote and my beliefs-something I really haven’t had to do in years. I am now on fire about changing the workd again.  I haven’t felt this way since I was in graduate school learning to be a social worker and I like, no I love this feeling.  What makes it better is that my husband is on board to change too.

Our first changes will begin at home.  We are giving up MSG, aspartame, saccharin, most processed foods and meat that is not organic. In a bigger city these changes would be somewhat easy but living in a podunk town will definitely make these changes challenging.  We also want to recycle but we have yet to find a convenient way to do that.  I think that we will end up buying extra trashcans to use a separaters and then drive on post to recycle.  I also plan to work diligently to get a job on post so that I am not polluting the air by driving 30-80 minutes to work each day. We are committed to living a greener and healthier life.

My next change will come with me actually working toward a purposeful life.  I currently work in a job that I don’t like and I want to get back to working in a job that I DO like.  I am working for a for profit agency and I have decided that I actually belong in the non-profit world.  I am sick of the differences in how people are treated depending on what insurance they have.  I want to get back to working with children in some capacity. . . that brought me true joy and purpose.

I also want to improve my spiritual health.  I have begun reading the Green Bible and it has renewed my interest in religion and personal spirituality.  I pray and such but I need to truly study the Bible again and remember that I do actually enjoy church and the Bible.

I will get back into photography full force during 2009.  That will involve either fixing our current computer or buying a new one so that I can edit and possibly sell pics but damn it, I’m doing it. I love photography and I miss it.  Though Leesville is definitely not the prettiest place on earth surely I can find some things worth photographing.

Lastly, at least for now, I want to bring awareness to world issues through this blog. There are many causes that I am passionate about and I want other people to be passionate about them as well.  So readers, get prepared to read about Darfur, global warming, animal rights, human trafficking, pit bulls, etc.  Of course I will also write about military life, infertility and light hearted things but definitely plan to read about important issues, too.

There might be more to come tonight but for now Christmas leftovers are calling my name.



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3 responses to “Reflections on the past year and looking forward to change

  1. Emily

    I’m glad you’re blogging again 🙂 I have 3 different trash cans because I have to drive to a “recycling center” too.

  2. Didn’t you know Jesus was a republican?

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