Sometimes writing something down helps me reflect on what it means for me right now.

After a much-loved and appreciated Christmas break, most of us are back at work, school and ordinary life. Let us not be quick to forget our New Year resolutions, the blessings we received from the Infant Jesus, and the hope this new year brings.

If you woke up this morning a little deflated and hesitant, I invite you to simply BEGIN.

Hail Mary, Full of Grace

Surround yourself with those things that uplift and encourage you, such as a Blessing Bracelet, and with your trust solidly set in God, embark from whatever shore you find yourself on and set sail towards the new horizons of your dreams and goals. Don’t let the fear of failure keep you from trying, as every attempt is in itself a victory.

Benedictine Blessing Bracelets

Something that has personally helped me immensely is this advice: if you feel overwhelmed and paralyzed by the sheer amount of tasks or work ahead of you, then simply choose one easy task and just focus on doing that. Then do another. Then another. Get the ball rolling. Begin. Start somewhere and you will find yourself making progress and overcoming those fears that held you back.

Los Angeles Prayer Breakfast

Let’s take advantage of the momentum that comes with a New Year. Ride the wave of those feelings of resolve within you, find strength in those goals you’ve written down, and the voice within you that fuels your hope to begin again. To begin anew. Lastly, remember that you are not alone. Let your wearable Blessing pieces remind you that when you feel discouraged, that you are loved,  that you are being prayed for, and that your efforts and prayers are helping others just like you. Take heart!