An Ode to 2015 {and a forward look at 2016}

Another year has come and gone.  2016 entered just as fast as 2015 exited and I know from past experience that 2016 will fly by if I don’t pay attention and savor each day.  2015 was such a whirlwind and filled with some big life changes and transitions.  I loved every minute of the crazy ride though, and I am so pleased with how we closed out this year.  I mean, we literally closed on our new house on the 30th and moved in on the 31st, so to say we went out with a bang would be an understatement!

I have to share something a little weepy.  I went to a yoga class on New Years Day morning and besides being a really powerful, sweaty practice (my favorite), the teacher spoke a lot about extending gratitude to the good things that happened in 2015 and sending out the bad things and letting them go, and then setting an intention for 2016.  At the beginning of the practice she had us lay on our mats, close our eyes and reflect on 2015.  For some reason I was overcome with so much emotion and gratitude that I literally cried a good cry right there on my mat.  2015 was honestly such a wonderful year for me….probably one of the best ever.  I can’t really put my finger on it, but I’m pretty sure it has a lot to do with my little family that I love more than life itself.  Sometimes I look at them during those quiet times where we are snuggled up on the couch watching Paw Patrol for the 10,000th time, or when we are crammed in a booth at a loud restaurant, or taking a walk together along the river like we do most days, and I truly feel like my heart may burst with happiness and love.  I also think this was the year that motherhood really settled in for me and I was able to see my potential and feel content and encouraged.  I’m by no means a perfect mom (not even close), but I do feel like I am a good mom and this was the year where I finally felt like I had things together for the most part and started feeling confident in my ability to raise this little human.  Plus, Asher Wade is at such a wonderful age and he was really so much fun this year.  I have so many wonderful memories that I will always cherish.  Then of course there’s this big change that occurred with uprooting and moving to Chattanooga, which has turned out to be the best opportunity for us and without a doubt the right decision.  Of course there are those other things that I so often take for granted, like good health and good jobs.  God has been so gracious to us…always faithful and always there, protecting us, leading us, and watching over us.  We are blessed, and since we know that “all good and perfect things come from above,” I give the One who provided these gifts and opportunities all the praise and glory.

So as I lay there on my mat, surrounded by strangers, I cried the happiest of tears.  I literally could not think of one single thing that I needed to “let go.”  I was too busy giving thanks for everything that 2015 gave us, and it was really quite overwhelming.  I know that every year will not be this great, and we will have our shares of trials and challenges, just like we’ve had in years past, but for now I am just thankful for the last 365 days and all the goodness we experienced.  I can only pray that the next 365 are as fulfilling.

As I’ve said in the past, I’m not big on “resolutions,” but I do like to set goals/intentions for the new year.  Sometimes it’s only a few things, and sometimes I have a long list.  I had a pretty decent list this year, and I didn’t have to spend much time thinking of them.  They just immediately came to me, which made me realize they were probably things I intuitively knew I needed to focus on.  Some are really simple and mundane, and some are more challenging and meaningful.  I thought I would write them down here for some accountability, and maybe to provide others with some inspiration.  I have them saved in my notes section of my phone so that I can easily look at them whenever and remind myself when I start to veer off course.

  1. Eat less sugar.  My kryptonite, and such an addiction for me…I really want to reduce my cravings for the sweet stuff.
  2. Do a juice cleanse.  Hopefully this month.  Lord knows I overdid it over the holidays and my body needs a clean-up.
  3. Do the Whole 30 challenge for a month.  Matt and I are both going to do this at some point this year.
  4. Practice yoga consistently.  I go through phases where I am really committed, and then I won’t roll out a mat for weeks at a time.  This really is my happy place as far as exercise goes, and I notice such a positive difference in my body and mind when I practice regularly.
  5. Lose 7+ pounds.  In other words, the “baby weight” I’ve held on to for almost 3 years now.  It needs to go.
  6. Get pregnant.  Because, you know it totally makes sense to finally get back to my fittest self and then turn around and balloon up again;)  Seriously though, baby fever has set in and we are ready to grow our family.  We need to give it a few more months, but I pray that 2016 is the year for a Buddha belly.
  7. Cook dinner as a family at least 3x per week.  We love to eat out, and have done so almost every day for that past 3 months while we’ve been in the downtown apartment, but it’s time to bring it home.  Plus I have the most beautiful new kitchen that I cannot wait to break in!
  8. Join a church.  We are still visiting new ones, trying to find the best fit, but I can’t wait to find our new church home.
  9. Save $10K more than we did last year.  No excuses not to do it.  We just need to be disciplined.
  10. Take a nice family trip.  Something big, and preferably tropical;)

So that’s that.  Hopefully I can consistently focus and work on these things.  Does anyone else have some good goals laid out that you’d want to share??

Cheers to 2016!

Spent NYE at our favorite pizza place with our favorite 2.5 year old (and his Paw Patrol beanie).  No place else I'd rather be:-)

Spent NYE at our favorite pizza place with our favorite 2.5 year old (and his Paw Patrol beanie). No place else I’d rather be:-)

2 thoughts on “An Ode to 2015 {and a forward look at 2016}

  1. Happy New Year to you all! Looks like y’all had a fantastic Christmas! It’s on my “bucket list” to do the Polar Express train ride this next Christmas. Good luck on all your goals this year! 🙂 Can’t wait to see pics of your new house!

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