January. Ordinary time. Fresh off the heels of an awesome (although shorter) Christmas and Advent season. A season that we decorate our house to the brim in celebration of a sweet baby who came to save us from ourselves. He came to an unwed couple, on a long and dusty journey in a stinky animal shelter. Yep, he nailed our lives right on the head. Imperfect people on a journey surrounded by a world of stinky temptations. He tops it off with the most magnificent light, guiding us straight to HIM, accompanied by wisdom, preparation and love. What a way to start the year!
And so, this morning, as I drink my coffee and enjoy my quiet time, I plan the day and week ahead and pause to look back on last year’s “Resolutions” and to ponder the year ahead. I’m joining in a link up of 2014 with a lovely group of ladies and see that we ALL want a fresh outlook for 2014, each trying to be a better person one day at a time. I’ve joined in at In Honor of Design, however, they are all linked and you can get to a multitude of fantastic sites from there!
- Losing weight. Wellllllll, I’ve stayed pretty steady in the actual numbers department, however, I have definitely made a much more focused and consistent effort in actually working out this past year AND healthier dishes, snacks, etc. I’m certain it comes down to portion size and/or stress eating, so always room for improvement. I feel good though, so I’ll just keep on keepin’ on!
- More Joy-filled and focused. Hmmm. I’m going to say that I am honestly so task-oriented that the JOY gets lost in the day-to-day. The fact that I am working on it is a good one, the fact that I am less that consistent is yet another area to just keep plugging along, one day at a time.
- Use and learn my real camera more often. Fail. Flat out. Although…..I have recently started pinning photo tutorials and joined a photo website (free) with a bajillion tutorials and areas to join in and have work evaluated in a constructive criticism manner. This might just be the year…..
It would seem 2013 was a big fat failure in the resolutions department OR it would seem that it is what it is….life…not always perfect and just taking each day as it comes and try to do a little better the next time. It’s precious time wasted to moan and complain about all the imperfect moments that I wish I woulda/coulda/shoulda done differently. It’s taken me 43 years to figure THAT out and a daily work in progress.
My word for this year will be “Be Present”. Okay, that’s two words, but it’s my blog and that’s what I am picking. Rather than changing all these individual things and ideas and re-working the wheel and all, I just want to be present in whatever I am doing. Chilling the Eff out on multi-tasking when I am with my family and friends. If I’m making dinner, I’ll make dinner—not make dinner, start laundry, change clothes and pack lunch for the next day. If I’m talking to my kids or husband, to stay put and talk, not talk and and half-listen while I putter around taking care of a million small details at the same time. It’s going to be hard. No joke. Honestly, I’m going to have to take a couple of days to really think about what I can do to re-train my brain to just SLOW. DOWN.
There it is, though. Now that I am done blogging this out, I can get dinner going…THEN get ready for work. Because TONIGHT we have a game to watch, folks. It’s going to be a great one!
For more inspiration on 2014, go check out IHOD and the multitudes and get ready 2014….here I am!