I’m not going to lie, my New Year’s vision setting is often as bad as my eye vision (legally blind). Like so many, I set goals for the new year (some maybe too lofty) and life gets in the way. As I write this, I’m finding myself the same weight I was one year ago today. Exact same weight. I’m looking at the same frames that haven’t been updated with pictures (sorry baby number three). I still don’t meal plan well and my patience with my children is still lacking. While I regularly practice frugal ways, I could definitely tighten things up a bit. And my blog…yeah those weekly posts, even after leaving teaching, obviously didn’t happen.
So this year, I’m working on seeing 20/20. I’m going to be honest and clear with myself, my limitations and daily life. I’m going to see things clearly for what they are and recognize sometimes inching towards my goals is better than an all-out sprint.
Reflecting on 2019, I may not have lost weight, but I lost inches, am now working out every day and my strength and endurance are better than they’ve ever been. While the frames aren’t updated, I made changes to our lives and family life that have allowed us to create memories. I did try a couple of new recipes. Luckily, my husband doesn’t let us starve. And my patience, well motherhood has required more than I ever thought I could have… so sorry kids-this is definitely a weakness and work in progress. I have written blogs but need to actually “post” with confidence.
I see a lot of people picking a word instead of resolutions. For me, this may be my best shot. This year, my word is “intention.” My goal is to do everything with intent. Intentionally spend my time with the ones I love, intentionally fuel my body and soul, intentionally spend each penny. Intentionally live each day to the fullest. Intentionally be happy. While all of these things don’t come easy to me, I’m committing myself to be present and intentional, as much as possible. With this comes honestly reflecting throughout this next year on how well I’m being intentional and if I’m clearly focused on what works for both my family and myself.
It is so easy to get lost in the constant to-do lists, so when I’m being honest, I know that I’m going to be making more to be intentional (and will probably be even crazier with my planner and time blocking) but hopefully I can clearly prioritize better. Be more efficient with the have-tos, while lingering a little longer during a family Uno game or snuggle session.
In sports, there’s that great saying “clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose.” Cheers to 2020. I hope we all see clearly what is important and fill our hearts with love and memories. By doing these two things, there’s no way any of us can lose this year!
I pray you all have a fantastic end to 2019 and start to 2020.
[Great Ninja Turtle pic added to show I did make a memory and took yet another pic that won’t get printed or framed]