01 January, 2019

Happy New Year!!

I just opened Blogger to start this blog post and it took me a full minute to figure out which button to press. Haha! It's been awhile...

For the last couple months, I have been toying with the idea of returning to blogging. I want to keep better track of my photos and memories. I love scrapbooking, but it takes SO LONG and I have to be in the mood to do it. And when I get behind, I feel kind of panicked and guilty that I will lose my memories and Cecily won't have anything from her childhood to look back on. Honestly, it's pretty silly, but it has led me to think that it might be fun to try blogging again. Or it might completely stress me out or this might be as far as I get... we shall see!

Right now, I'm alone at home (ahhhhhh, the best!!!). Levi and Cecily are at the grocery store getting ingredients for our Mexican pie dinner, and I am watching Holiday Inn, my New Year's Day tradition. I always love the beginning of the new year. I love fresh starts and clean slates and setting goals and making plans. Here are some things I'd like for 2019:

1. more time spent near the ocean

2. continue to reduce my anxiety and be more positive and grateful

3. add the teensiest bit of structure to my life so that I can get more accomplished each day... normal human adult things like doing the laundry, dishes, and having food to eat

a. this one gets sub-items: try out more gluten free recipes at home so that I don't hate having to be gluten free SO MUCH
b. keep asking God to heal me so I can eat gluten again

4. develop a better homeschooling rhythm

5. find a new church

6. go to Disneyland even more than we did last year (it looks like we went approximately 50 times in 2018) & keep track of each visit

7. read 50 books (something I also accomplished in 2018!)

8. help Cecily develop a love of independent reading (my biggest homeschooling goal)

9. continue to eat intuitively

10. have more fun with Levi... just the two of us

And a bonus item:

11. buy more sweatshirts and underwear - hahaha! Seriously though. I love sweatshirts. At this point in my life, comfort is more important than a stylish outfit (that's so sad but SO TRUE), and I just really need to update my underwear drawer.

There are plenty of other little goals and aspirations I have for 2019, but often many of my "goals" are really just hopes and dreams. There's nothing wrong with those, of course!!!, but these are the things I feel I have a little more control over that I think will help improve life for me and my family. And if God wants to bring travel and a piano into my life this year too, then that is FANTASTIC.



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