Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Year of Expectations

Oh my goodness!  I can't believe this is officially The Homesteading Apartment's one year anniversary!  It seems as if it was just yesterday that the summer sun was beating down and I was waiting for the cold weather to come.  Then the next thing I knew Christmas was here and now we're approaching Valentine's Day!!

The last year has been one of learning, growth and tons of faith stretching (:  I'm a very impatient gal and when I see a vision I tend to want things to change NOW.  A season of waiting isn't something that has been cherished in the past, but this last year has given me a greater appreciation for these desert times.  In the desert thankfulness and gratitude abound.  The little things are reflected in a different light...a light that grows faith and you begin to see God working more clearly. 

So this year I declare it to be The Year of Expectations.  I expect the miracles to come...I expect my life to change...I expect my dreams to come true and I expect to see God work in amazing ways.  In the past I've been afraid to expect great things because I didn't want to be disappointed.  Now I'm beginning to realize that expectation allows openness and possibilities to flourish.  So as I wait with great expectation, I am content and thankful.

My first step in doing this is to launch a couple of online shops.  Several years ago I opened a brick and mortar store, but never really took things online fully.  This year is the year to make it happen and so I'm introducing Natural esSCENTials and Little esSCENTials.  Both shops will grow as more things are added.  If you have a chance I hope you stop by.

So what is your focus for this year of 2011?  Are you in a season of waiting?  In what ways are you stretching your faith muscle and how are you faring along the way?

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary and they shall walk and not faint."  ~ Isaiah 40:31

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  1. I dont have high expectations and plans for this year.
    Most importantly to me is that I and my family be healthy and happy and everything else will come by itself.
    Kisses and greetings.

  2. In the past I haven't either...I wished and dreamed and hoped, but didn't expect much. I used to think that if I expected much and it didn't come, it would lead to great disappointment. But this year I feel the need to expect more...from myself, my beliefs, my commitment, my faith. You are so right though...when you're healthy and happy, everything else falls into place (:

    Love and Kisses,

  3. Hi there Michele!

    Your post is rather inspiring. I don't necessarily have expectations. I just want to live a more present life, be more self aware, and enjoy the things that I love to do. I already spend a great amount of time with family which I love. I have quit a job that was making me miserable which is a blessing. So I am rather happy right now.

    Stop by sometime to see what I've been up to :-)

    Have a fabulous day!

  4. Hi Michele, Congratulation on your anniversary. I'm celebrating too, if you have time stop by my blog to check out my give away. Linda

  5. Hi Michele! Congratulations on your anniversary and your online shop! I hope 2011 is a great year for you!

  6. I hope all your expectations come to fruition. With your positive attitude, I am sure you will be very successful!

  7. I think there's a difference between hope and expectations. Expectations imply that something *must* happen, or there will be disappointment, while hope is an openness to the things that *could* happen, at least in my opinion. This year for me is certainly one of hope. Also one of waiting -- in another year, my partner and I will both be out of the Army -- and one of learning as much as we can so that hopefully, another summer from now, we can actually purchase or rent land to start a real farm.


  8. It seems you have a good plan for 2011. Best wishes for a peaceful and fulfilling year.

    I don't have one...by choice. I'm winging it this year. :)

  9. Happy (belated) new year and happy (early) Valentine's Day! :o)

    Congrats on the new stores and also for living in expectation. I think expecation allows us to exercise our faith in God. ("Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen" Hebrews 11:1)

    God bless!

  10. Best of luck in all your 2011 endeavors. BTW, it is an honor to have you as a follower on my blog! I'm hosting a great giveaway--all you have to do to enter is stop by & leave a comment on the giveaway post. My fingers are crossed for you.

    Warmly, Michelle


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