Happy New Year! We were talking the other day and both had the realization that a new year has never felt so “new” to us before. Growing up, New Year’s Eve/Day just seems like another part of Christmas break. As a teacher, I still work in that September-June cycle and January doesn’t mean a fresh start like it does for so many others. Actually, I’m usually really sad to see New Year’s Day because it means that break is almost over. This year, during the week approaching NYE, I felt really encouraged to start planning the new year and getting my head right. We had set a few house and personal goals at the beginning of 2014. Some of those, like our bedroom, came to fruition (even if I didn’t blog the final product…still…or make the closet curtains- oops). Some others, like birthing a baby or a redone kitchen, did not. We decided to change up our goals for this year and instead of focusing on one specific product (with the exception of the baby), we would focus on things that we hope for this year and action steps we could take to make those things happen. Because I’m wordy and long-winded and I love to over-share, I’m posting about it here. You can find other bloggers’ Words of the Year (or One Little Word) here, here, and here or by searching on Instagram and twitter for the following hashtags: #OLW2015, #oneword2015, #oneword, #onelittleword, #olw, #onelittleword2015…you get the idea.
When I approached Chris with the idea, he was confused by what on Earth I was talking about. It seems one of us spends more time on the internet blog-reading than the other…hah. I started to explain to him that this one word (yes, I know ours is two), would help us to focus our goals and intentions for the year. We came up with 5 things we were hopeful for and then I got to work doing what I do best…making a list. And, of COURSE you get to see what they are!
We hope for…
1. good health
We are crazy-sporadic when it comes to being healthy. We don’t overwhelmingly eat trash and I mostly drink water (especially at work), but we could do better and *should* eat out less frequently. Also, we both really love working out, but we don’t stick with it very well. Our action steps are:
+drinking ShakeOlogy (by Beachbody) or protein shakes
+using essential oils (I really want to get started with these this year because I’d love to use fewer chemicals)
+scheduling time to rest (because we are constantly busy and it’s our own dang fault)
+setting goals and rewards for workouts (namely I want new workout clothes and a vacation once I’m happy in a bathing suit again)
+oil pulling (for me…I know there’s a lot of conflicting info, but I’m interested)
2. to be hospitable
We have a great group of kids in our youth group who came over for a Christmas party a few weeks ago and we had an *awesome* time with them in our house. I’d love to do more guys night/girls night events with them and also start having family and friends over more frequently. I really want our house to be comfortable for people and I want to be more ready to spontaneously entertain. Our action steps are…
+actually SCHEDULE gatherings at our house
+be intentional about quality time with others
+plan guys/girls nights
3. to be with family
This one is a kind of two-part. For one, we live very near Chris’ siblings right now and don’t see them nearly as much as we’d like to, so we want to make sure to capitalize on the opportunities we have this year. Looking forward, our long-term goal is not to stay where we are. I miss living somewhere more rural and want our “forever” or at least long-term goal to be to get there, preferably closer to my family as well. Our action steps are…
+budget and save
+stay open to opportunities as they present themselves, even if some things don’t look like we expected opportunities to look
+pray for opportunities to come and to recognize them when they do
+schedule our time with family intentionally
4. financial freedom with money to give
This year we’re scheduled (budgeted, I guess) to pay off the last of our debt (Chris’ student loan). I got really angry about it last month and tried to find ways to get it paid off more quickly. Chris is also experiencing some job changes which should help us out with this. We cannot wait to be free of this so we can start saving for a larger emergency fund, a house, and to be able to more freely give to people and causes we love. Our action steps are…
+look up tax info (as his job changes, so does our tax situation in a big way, so we need to be extra-prepared)
+pay off the loan! 🙂
aaaaaaaand #5 could probably be summed up by these two images alone…but I’m not nice enough for that so I’ll be blabbing all over the place about it anyway…
5. to be a family
I wrote a lot earlier this year about our desire to become a family of 2+. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my husband and cherish every single second of time I get with him, but we have both felt (since long before we knew each other) that we were to be parents. I have dreamed about being pregnant for as long as I can remember and I know he would be THE most phenomenal father. However, the longer you fight the infertility battle, the easier it is to lose hope. When I was searching for images to use in this post and to print out and use as my own reminders, most of my struggle with hoping came from this one situation in our life. So, our action steps are…
+to trust in the desire we feel comes from God and to hope that He will bring those things to fruition this year
+to stay open to the ways in which God would have us expand our family- even though we both desire biological children A LOT, we have talked since before we were married about also adopting
+pray for direction, especially in terms of doctors and finances and drugs, etc.
+budget wisely for medical procedures, etc.
This is, by far, the hardest thing for me to do, but I felt a million times better once we wrote it down and I knew we were both on the same page. Let’s be honest, you can’t get much lower than crying during your New Year’s Eve kiss because you’re both not sure if you can go through another New Year’s Eve without a baby. These are the images and verses that are keeping me living in hope, especially hope of becoming a mom with a big ol’ pregnant belly and a little baby (or 2? or 3? I don’t really care- no such thing as ‘no room at the inn’ here) growing inside of me.
Those last two are my favorites. They’re just beautiful, aren’t they? Anyway, this is our plan for living 2015 #InHope. If any of you have a word or a goal, pleeeeeeease feel free to share it in the comments! I’d love to hear what your goals and resolutions are for the year to come. And Happy New Year!