I’ve been thinking a lot about this New Year… a chance to start new, start fresh, start over and my New Year Resolutions. Typically every year, I will put a quick list together in my head of the usual: 1. lose weight 2. get in charge of my finances… etc… and those are great resolutions, but this year I’ve been concentrating on a few other things.
Looking back at this past year, OH BOY what a year its been! In a nutshell: We sold our house, bought a new house. Paid off all of our debt and finally went on our honeymoon (8 years later). Everett turned 2 and we had a great summer in the pool. I left my job for a new job, then the new job didn’t exactly work out well. Then I went unemployed for a few weeks (or as I like to call it, a staycation) waiting for the perfect job to come along. After a ton of patience and trusting God had a plan for me, I was hired at Studio R Design in Denver doing Commercial and Residential design. Nick got promoted and celebrated 10 years with his company. We both turned 33 (yikes!) and the Holidays were festive and fun. We hosted Christmas dinner for the first time, in our new house and it was one of my dreams, come true.
I feel like there were a lot of highs, a lot of lows and a TON of events that have set us up for success. Never in my life have I felt more in the exact place I’m meant to be, than right now. Our hard work all of these years has paid off and we are living a dream. This year has been great, but I’m looking forward to whats in store for us in 2017.
Here is a list of my resolutions for 2017. Most of them are pretty self-explanatory but here are my thoughts:
- “Enjoy each moment with my family” – I know I take each day for granted. Not only the day itself, but each day with my family. I am more than blessed to have two wonderful men in my life and need to put more effort into capturing moments and creating memories with them. When I start to think something is more important than the time spent with them, I hope to realize in that moment to stop and drop what I’m doing, focus and be present.
- “Reduce stress and focus on health” – My stress over the past couple of years has accumulated and gotten out of control. I realized very quickly how stress overcame me and has messed up my body and head. Earlier in the year, I was going to therapy which has helped tremendously. I feel that was the first step. Now I’m on anti-anxiety pills and am slowly working towards recovery. I was at a point where I was remembering a time before the stress took over my body, how wonderful it was, and I am praying for that day to come again. I am serious about getting better and creating a stress-free life.
- “Read (or listen) to more books” – I’ve never been much of a reader, but I’ve found it relaxes me and since I do about an hour of driving every day, books on tape are convenient. My best friend Laura recommended a book for me to read “Uninvited” by Lysa Terkeurst after I went through one of my life’s worst experiences. I thought “I don’t have time to read, but I have time to listen”. I downloaded the book and started listening right away. Now I’m hooked. I started a membership with Audible and I’m on another book that was recommended by with the first one called “Present Over Perfect” by Shauna Niequist (I’ll let you know how it goes, but so far so great!). I feel as if these books are speaking to my soul!
- “Less social media” – You know that quote “if it doesn’t help you, get rid of it?” Well, this kind of applies. I’m at a point in my life right now where I would completely ignore all social media because I have felt lately that it has done more harm than good. I’ve been noticing the feelings I get when I check my Facebook feed: I get jealous of friends who post a photo of them traveling across the globe and I start to compare when I watch a video post of a friend’s kid’s achievement. Don’t worry, I think its just a phase and I won’t completely get rid of social media because of Everett. I have loved ones across the country that love to see Everett and I couldn’t get rid of it completely. You just might notice I won’t be like-ing your posts as much or in the “know” on the latest gossip.
- “Post on my blog” – If you couldn’t tell by the first 4 resolutions, I’m tuning into my inner self and am listening to my inner calling. For a few months now I have been on myself to get back to blog posting again. But then I think “when do I have the time”? I NEED TO MAKE TIME! <— thats my answer. I brought up a fear to a co-worker/friend of mine, Jenny, about how I want to write about my life experiences but I don’t want to offend anyone or be as specific as to get me into trouble. She said something that has been in my head “you should do it, there’s ways to write generally about events that could really help others” (or something similar to that). She is right. I just need to start and the rest will follow.
- “Let go of the unnecessary” – This one is simple (or so I think). Anything that I am holding on to that is unnecessary, I need to LET GO!
- “Make our house a home” – This will probably be a forever-long process, because the “Interior Designer” in me wants our house to be perfect and picture-ready all the time. I’m realizing I need to (#6) let it go and have that live-in look because, well, we do live here. My focus is shifting from a perfectly designed house, to be a place of gathering, of creating memories, of connection, of fellowship, of beauty, of warmth, of a home, our home! Don’t worry, it will still be beautiful, just not “perfect”!
- “Purge and simplify ‘stuff’ ” – Goes hand-in-hand with #7. I definitely have too much “stuff”. I know that, my husband hates it and I’d really like to focus on cleansing this part of my life. Keeping whats necessary, purge items that are not needed, and get rid of things that don’t have a place, meaning or simply make me happy.
- “Start painting again” – Its been heavy on my heart to start painting again. Every time I’m searching for artwork at work, I think to myself “I could paint that…” There are so many things I want to paint and its so relaxing for me, I just need to start. My mom gave me acrylics for Christmas, so now its time… get ready for some paintings and if anyone has requests, let me know!
- “Find places of serenity” – I absolutely love to travel and lately, I’ve been dreaming of a cabin vacation where I imagine a home deep in the woods with a wood burning fireplace, no cell reception and quality family time playing games and sledding in the snow. Its going to happen… oh, its going to happen real soon. I want to find places where I can marvel at the architecture and design, find peace in my surroundings, experience new wonders with my family and create traditions of experiencing life outside our bubble. New places… here we come!
Well there you have it. My top 10. I feel like there could have been a lot more, but I was afraid then this post would have never been posted. Cheers to you and yours and Happy New Year!