I always love the New Year. I love the idea of a fresh start, and an end to the holiday madness. I love setting new goals and inevitably forgetting about them amid the chaos of life until another year rolls around to remind me.
I know resolutions bring up complicated feelings for many people. Some go about setting goals or resolutions that are motivated by their dissatisfaction of themselves; especially in regards to appearance. That isn't happening here. I am by no means model material, but I thank my lucky stars that I inherited a healthy sense of self. Would I like to improve various aspects of myself? Absolutely. But if I look/feel/act the same way next year, I can be happy with that as long as I live my values, and spend time on what matters most.
My friend Eli, typically chooses a word or theme for the year instead of stating a specific thing he wants to add or eliminate from his life. I love that idea and I love his blog It Just Gets Stranger. Check it out if you like laughing or being shocked by eccentricity. So I have done the same for the past couple of years and have enjoyed the result.
2018 was the Year of Family. In that year we tried to maximize the time we spent together as a family. My husband changed jobs at the end of 2017 and was able to spend a lot more time with the family in 2018. When you are a nurse, the hospitals are open 365 days a year and you don't get holidays off. He had been working the night shift on the weekends. That wasn't easy with kids in school. So thankfully his new position was in a clinic where he works basically banker's hours. That was a HUGE change and we love having him home more often. Because we really focused on make our family time count, I feel we have grown closer together and really relished in the little things. It was a great year.
2019 is going to be the Year of Home. My goal for 2019 is to cultivate a home that is organized, comfortable, easily maintained, and one that sparks joy. (Yep I'm going full Konmari up in here.) I almost chose organization as my word of the year, but decided on home because ultimately I want more than organization. I want to create a place of harmony, learning, fun, faith, family, and organization. I want to really cultivate a space I can be proud of. It has felt like I have had pieces of those things in our home, but not to the level I would like. So that will mean finishing up on house projects, implementing the Konmari tidying method, and ensuring we are thoughtful about what we bring into our home, whether it be through media or physical items. I have big plans for our home and I am hoping to share our progress here. Even my kids have become excited about implementing the changes and I am going to run with that enthusiasm for as long as I can.