Wednesday, January 20, 2016

February 1st.

photo source: Lara Casey
  Did you set any goals or pick a word for 2016? It seems like some people really love doing those, while others just think its silly to make any sort of New Year's anything. I'm probably somewhere in the middle? I don't think there is anything magical about January 1st, but I do think its great to be intentional about setting some goals or creating a new perspective. I remember reading Lara Casey say last year that February 1st is her version of January 1st- she doesn't rush or force herself to get those focused hopes down on paper by the first day of the new year. Instead, she takes her time and gives herself grace. I love that! So much so, that I did the same last year. And it was great- I took time to really think back on 2014, pray about 2015, and be intentional about how I would approach it.  
  So I'm doing it again this year. With a week and a half left before February 1st, I'm making a bit more time to really pray through this. It's been really fun to chat with friends about their goals and see on social media the words others have chosen for this year. I've also really loved being able to take time settling in to our new normal- we're 7 weeks into being a family of four and almost 3 weeks past the holidays {when a real normal was able to start forming}. 
  Life is pretty exhausting these days, but in a great way. It turns out that having two little humans depending on you takes up more time than just one little human and, crazy enough, I still only have 24 hours in each day. Huh. Funny how that works. It also turns out that the more time I spend loving on these poopy, slobbery, adorable kids- the more I feel a push to make time for myself. There are days when it doesn't seem like my mind has a chance to drift past diapers, breastfeeding, apple slices, and singing the alphabet. Too many of those days in a row, and I notice my patience slipping, my voice raising, and more episodes of Curious George being watched. 
  So, I'm making it a priority to think about 2016. To step outside of my right now to think about how I can be intentional this year. I've read a few of Lara's posts and I love Jennie's reminder about this. but mostly, I'm just praying and talking to friends and picking Justin's brain. Stay tuned for what I come up with! Will it be some goals? A word? A new haircut? {definitely not a new haircut} You'll be on the edge of your seat, I'm sure. :)

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