Happy New Year, Friends!
We spent the evening celebrating at an annual party hosted by our good friends Stacy & Christoph. With our little one sleeping snugly in the other room, we toasted to a year filled with change and adventure and lots and lots of love.
I had planned to write a lot more this week about 2014 and all that it meant to me, but instead I’ve been soaking up quality time with our little family. We had a guest in town (love you, Shappy!) and Viet’s been off all week.
Really, this little gal sums up our 2014:
Our little family of 2 blossomed into 3, and it’s been life changing.
I have never known so much joy or fear. I have felt an all-encompassing love that has changed me forever. I watched my body change and grow. And then our little one went from newborn to chubby baby overnight.
Oh, and I took on a huge new job at work in midst of carrying the bean and getting ready for her arrival, I worked up until the day before the bean’s birth trying to prepare for my leave. Professionally and personally this year provided me many great opportunities and unprecedented challenges.
2014, You brought me so much. You taught me so much. You changed my life. This year will live in my heart forever. It won’t get blurred into the collage of years past. I will never forget 2014. This year I became a mom.
And Dare I did. I faced my personal and professional fears, and I made it to the other side. In fact, more than that. I owned those fears.
This year. . . well, this year is going to be different. Now that I have these big personal and professional opportunities (motherhood. new job.), it’s time to stay centered and focused on making sure that my every day life is in check. And that means getting back to basics . . .
Simple. That’s the word I need to guide my head and heart this year. I need to focus on the essentials and tune out all other distractions. That means reducing clutter and getting more efficient. It means fewer screens and more face to face time. It means writing more and getting outside more. It means eating well and exercising more. It means more laughing, more singing, more dancing, more cooking, more card playing, and more cuddling. It means paying less attention to everyone else.
That’s my goal for the year. Keep it simple.
Do you have one little word picked out for 2015?