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The Obligatory New Year's Post

I hope everyone had a good New Year holiday. I spent mine home, where I wanted to be.

I haven’t spent a great deal of time reflecting on the past year. It wasn’t terribly eventful for me. I did some fun stuff, but nothing unusual, really.

One thing I can say is I am happier than I was a year ago, and I can attribute that mainly to two things: I’ve reconciled my new identity as an “ex-christian,” and I’ve made some local friends.

I also helped successfully form a local PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gay) chapter. We are still not official, but it shouldn’t be long now.

And, after years of searching, I finally found a diet plan I feel good about (healthy eating) and I lost 20 lbs. I’ve managed to stay within a five pound range of that through the holidays, and plan to drop another size this spring.

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I know some of my friends did not fare well last year, and some did just fine. That’s life, I guess. But I wish all of you a great 2013.

Now to get used to writing the date!

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princess_lesa
Jan. 5th, 2013 10:28 pm (UTC)
Just curious, what do you mean ex-Christian? Or, are you ex-Religion?
bonnie_halfelvn
Jan. 6th, 2013 12:28 am (UTC)
Both. In my opinion, Christianity is a religion. While one can be a Christian without going to church, the essence of Christianity is still a religious belief.

If you ask ten people what Christianity is, you will get ten different answers. I no longer consider myself a Christian, because I no longer believe in the notion of Christ as the Son of God.

I think some people feel they are Christians because they are good people, but it is my experience that you don't have to be a Christian to be a good person. Many people are Christians by default, because it the majority religion of this country, and they were likely raised in a Christian household.

While I have spiritual beliefs, they are no longer dictated by any religion, Christian or otherwise.

You could say I am a spiritualist, but there is a "church" for that here, too, and I reject the idea that any sort of organized religion should ever define my beliefs again.

Edited at 2013-01-06 04:06 pm (UTC)
princess_lesa
Jan. 7th, 2013 02:10 am (UTC)
Interesting. I know you've had ups and downs with your church experiences...as well as religion/Christianity as it applies to you personal beliefs. I'm glad you have found your peace.

Great job on the eating/fitness front.

Best wishes for 2013.

bonnie_halfelvn
Jan. 7th, 2013 03:26 am (UTC)
Thanks! I've dieted before, but I can honestly say that after enjoying all the Christmas goodies, I'm ready to get back on the wagon in a serious way. I really like the food.

I hope you have a great 2013, also.

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