Is it too late to do a new year post? I think I’ll do it anyway.
A new year always seems to bring a fresh start. I’ve definitely had more pep in my step lately and a renewed sense of get’rdone! which is much needed and I’m thankful for. It was great to have the kids home for Christmas break and we were even able to fit in a small family getaway with some friends. But it’s been so great to get back into a routine again too.
I was thinking back on 2017 and what a big year of growth it was for me. I realize now how complicated I was making my life and how desperately I needed to simplify – even though I thought that’s what I was doing already. You know those times when you feel like the walls are caving in and you can barely keep your head above water? I was in a constant state of that. I kept telling myself, I need a break. I kept praying for patience, for energy to get through the rest of the day, for just a moment to catch my breath. I needed a break.
But then, at the beginning of the summer, my daughter and I were a car accident. No one was badly hurt, praise God, but I got my break. I broke my car and I broke someone else’s car. It stopped me in my tracks, literally, and made rethink everything. I realized something had to give and it couldn’t be our family. So I prayed some more and at the end of the summer, decided to leave a job I loved to be home with our kids. I cleared out more from our tiny living space, deep cleaned, got our oldest off to Kindergarten and looked forward to cooking hot meals on weekdays. What?
It took me a while to find my groove, but I feel like with the passing of the new year, I have a new outlook on how our family life will be, how I want my kids to see me and how I want to see them. I want my husband to come home to a wife who can laugh off the spilled spaghetti on the floor and doesn’t pass out on the couch after putting the kids to bed. Tell me I’m not the only one who does this! And you know what, it’s so freeing. Freeing to know that I can start over. I can make a new normal and everything’s going to be ok.
So I decided in 2018 I will continue to simplify and focus on what’s most important – my family. Other 2018 goals include:
+ More praying and giving God control.
+ More date nights, or day dates, or talking in the kitchen instead of passing out on the couch. See above.
+ More laughing. Not sweating the small stuff and enjoying every moment while our kids are small.
+ Take more pictures. Something I’ve struggled with for years but, again, wanting to savor and capture every moment for our family.
+ Building a house! This little barndominium has served us well, but it’s time momma had her own bathroom and a bedroom with a door 🙂
+ Focus on wellness. What we’re putting into our bodies, the products we use in our home, getting more sleep and using our essential oils to be proactive in our wellness and rid our home of toxins and chemicals as much as we can.
What are your 2018 goals? Do you make goals for the year or simply have a motto your family lives by? Cheers to a fresh start in 2018!