Ringing in 2015

I don't know what it is about a new year, but to me it just always feels like a reset button. I always find myself reflecting on the year that just passed and really thinking about how I want to change with this fresh restart. Most of my new years resolutions are pretty generic, and honestly they still are. But with that, I am trying to be more purposeful about fulfilling them.

Family: R & C are growing up so quickly. When I think about last year, a lot of the time seemed like "survival mode" where I was just doing what I could to get by. Life with two toddlers is exhausting to say the least. But it is also amazing and beautiful and I am ashamed to say that I think I took that for granted. This year, I hope to slow down, take a breather, and just love on my kids. I pray nightly for them to be loving and kind, and I know that starts with me and how I am towards them. So it is my hope to be more patient with them and truly soak in my time as a parent of toddlers.

Friends: With social media, it is so easy to connect and catch up with people. But the problem with easy, I have found, is that it makes me lazy. There have been a lot of times when I think about a certain friend that I haven't caught up with and it ends there-- a thought. This year, I want to act on those thoughts. I want to call/text/write and let that friend know that I was thinking about him/her. I love my friends, I am blessed to have so many good ones, and I want them all to know that I cherish them and our relationships.

Faith: I believe in God. How can I not? He is everywhere around me. 2014 was a big growing year for me as far as my faith and I want to keep the momentum going. With our moving away from our home church (that I love and miss dearly), there has been a little pause in my journey and I want to be proactive about jumping back on board. I started a "bible in a year" plan, I am committing to reading my "Jesus Calling" daily devotionals, and my next goal is to join a small group in the area. It is the very, very least I can do and it is extremely important to me to stay on track with this resolution.

Misc: This is going to be so strange, following such a heavy and personal resolution, but with my new Zumba instructor job and actually working in a public environment (as opposed to my patent examining job where I work from home), I find myself very in-my-head about my mannerisms around people. So I want to be conscious about eye contact, my posture, and learning people's names the first time.

I have a really good feeling that this year will be amazing. With our move still being so fresh, we have so much to explore in the area. Also, being that much closer to California hopefully means I get to see my family more often. And with the kids getting older, we are starting to get to do so much more as a family. All good things! How could I not be excited about what's to come?

Wishing you all a very blessed 2015!

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