2015 has been a joyful, challenging, and inspiring year. I’ve grown a lot this year learning how to balance work, myself, marriage, and motherhood.
This year I learned that I am made of strong, persistent stock. My everyday life changed so much this year, but I kept adapting, stayed positive, and tried to really, really live and enjoy the big and small moments. Priorities changed. The passage of time changed. My heart and mind and body changed.
2015 was a year of building a new relationship. with my daughter. What a miraculous experience it has been and continues to be to watch her come into her own and to watch her personality blossom.
and in the last few months of 2015, we’ve been given another great gift: the hope and promise of a new little one. My heart is so full and so raw and so ready and so not ready! for 2016 and all it will bring, but I’m buckling in for the ride.
I hope I always remember this year. All the firsts: first crawls, first steps, first words, first sights of the ocean, first sight of that little heart beat pounding on the screen.
and we traveled so much this year. Almost always with Bea, which was definitely always a growth experience. Here’s a few of our highlights from the year:
Callistoga (celebrating mom’s birthday)
For the past several years I’ve been choosing one word to focus on for the year. I’ve used this word to guide my head and my heart and to try to live more intentionally.
I’ve taken my word to heart each year, but never so much as this past year. Simple was my mantra. I kept coming back to it, and this one little word helped me make real changes to my life. It won’t fade away next year. This word has imprinted on me. I’ve decided it’s the key to living a full, rich life that is focused on the things that matter most.
In 2016 I want to take real stock of how I spend my time. All of it. I want to make better, more efficient use of my time at work. I want to have more focused, present time with my family, and most of all, I want to waste less time on meaningless, mind numbing entertainment. Less scrolling, watching, flipping. I want more learning and growing and engaging with the world. This won’t be easy. Because it’s easy to disconnect and zone out and not think, but I’ve started to think that that’s the biggest danger with how technology impacts me and my personality–it allows me to check out.
It’s time to check in. 🙂
I’ve got a list of about 10-12 topics that I want to know more about, so I’m going to read and research and write and learn. This seems simple. I’m almost embarrassed to write about it. Maybe everyone else out there never feels like they’re losing time to meaningless pursuits. I almost feel like I want to register myself for my own school. I need to make my own life curriculum.
We’re making a few changes to our house rules in 2016 that I think will help:
- No phones in the house. They get plugged in when we get home and only looked at if someone is calling or texting.
- No tv on weeknights! eek! This one is scary, but I think it’s going to make a big difference.
that’s it! We’ll see how it goes.
Do you have one little word for 2016?