Tomorrow is a new year. Which means that everyone is busy making goals and resolving to do things differently the next year. As if that magical minute hand ticks from 11:59 to midnight and everyone is suddenly gifted with a renewed sense of purpose and an insane amount of self-control.
Last year I didn’t make any resolutions or set any goals. I considered it my “year of rest“–having a baby in February and adjusting to life with 3 kids was enough of a goal in itself. It is a wonderful feeling finishing out the year without any guilt for not keeping my resolutions! :)
As I reflect on the past year and look forward to 2015, I’ve decided that I’m going to make some resolutions this year, albeit unconventional ones.
I resolve to spend less time staring at a screen and more time staring at the faces of the people I love most.
I resolve to cherish every. single. time. I hear that 5-year old voice saying “I wuv you, Mommy.”
I resolve to take an extra 5 minutes to cuddle with my boys before they go to bed.
I resolve to spend a few uninterrupted minutes a day just watching my baby girl play, taking her in, observing what new things she can do.
I resolve to cherish those sweet notes in 6-year old handwriting that say “I love you, Momy”…even if they are written on a pest control pad of paper.
I resolve to go in and peak on my kids sleeping, because the whole day melts away when you see your precious child tucked fast asleep in their beds (and it is especially precious to find them in the same one).
I resolve to greet my husband with a smile and a hug when he comes in the door each evening, no matter how hard the day has been or how late he walks in the door.
I resolve to invest time to foster relationships with those I love. Real, face-to-face time.
I resolve to spend time each day talking to my God. Not just asking things of Him, but marveling at Him and learning from His Word.
I resolve to give myself grace when circumstances get the better of me and these resolutions are all but a distant memory. Tomorrow is a new day.
Most of all, I resolve to count my blessings and thank God for each and every one.
PS: My friend Crystal sent me her brand new Gratitude Journal to use in the coming year! I am excited to be able to count my blessings each day in such a beautiful journal. It is currently sold out via her website, but it looks like Barnes & Noble still has a few available (NOT an affiliate link).
Happy New Year!