Happy New Year everyone, isn’t it hard to believe that it’s 2016?
That means next year it’ll be time for my 20 year class reunion, whoa.
Let’s not dwell on that depressing news, I hope that the Christmas holiday was sweet for everyone. This year was very chill for us, we enjoyed a very relaxing day with family. Tomorrow, all the kiddos go back to school, and the college girl flies back to Nashville for the beginning of her second term. I’m a little envious of her, I want to be in Nashville too. Maybe one of these days…
Anyway, I’ve given up on making resolutions because I always break them and feel like a loser. Can you relate?
But, I do like to start my year with purpose. Last year, you may remember my post on creating my Real To-Do List throughout the year. I purposed in my heart to keep the important things important. I felt like the Lord wanted me to focus on making lists of things that will leave lasting impressions on my family and life in general.
Did I remember to do that everyday all year? No, of course I didn’t, but I would say about 80% of the time I definitely tried. And because of that, I saw a lot of difference in not only my attitude but also in those around me. 2015 wasn’t a perfect year, we had a lot of stressful moments. But instead of filling my to-do list with busy work, I tried to stay focused and prioritize.
This year (along with continuing the practice of making real to-do lists) I’m choosing to enjoy the little things. You know, those little everyday things that we tend to take for granted or even ignore, or not give our full attention to. I feel like the Lord wants us to slow down, take the time to smell the flowers & enjoy the day, not count down the seconds till bedtime.
For example, my seven year old draws all the time. He creates about 7 gazillion drawings a day. I love all of them, but let’s be real, I don’t give them my full attention all the time. And I don’t necessarily think I have to, but I can definitely make more of an effort. His drawings are precious, and I need to make sure he knows that.
Or when the 10 year old talks my ears off about Star Wars, Dr. Who, Jurassic Park, LEGOs, you name it. Often, it’s in one ear and out the other. Am I right parents? We nod and smile and have no idea what they’re really taking about. Green light sabers vs red ones? I don’t even know. But, I want to take the time to enjoy those little things and appreciate the time he’s taking to talk to me, because he’s about three years away from being a teenager, and who knows if he’ll think his dad and I are even cool enough to discuss Star Wars then.
My point is, I feel like 2016 needs to be a year of purposely enjoying life and the little details. I’m a details kind of girl, it shouldn’t be too hard. And on those days that are especially exhausting and I just can’t even handle another anthology of why Han Solo is more awesome then Luke Skywalker, I’ll ask the Lord to help my attitude, have mercy, and give me the extra ability to be kind and listen.
If I’ve learned one thing over the years, it’s that life doesn’t have to be perfect to be amazing.
Let your day be brightened from a sweet smile from your little one, a fist pump from the teenager who is too cool right now to hug, the little one bringing a tiny snail they found outside, a C on a test that would normally bring in a low F, no arguing between the kids, staying up a few extra minutes with your spouse to just chill in quiet after the kids go to bed, a friend sending a text to say hi.