As we close in on 2018 I’ve realized that SO many people I’ve talked have said that 2018 went by faster than any other year…. I mean, it went by so fast I feel like I can hardly remember anything that’s happened! It actually makes me really sad…. but also really excited for the future, and because it’s gone by so fast I feel like I really want to soak in the sweet moments and be more present than ever before. I read my quick recap post from last year and I can’t believe how much has changed just from last year!
Life this year :
Hudson is now in preschool 5 days a week and it’s bitter sweet. He actually goes 3 days a week for only a couple of hours and two days a week he goes all day. Since he’s been gone so much I decided that I really miss doing hair (in a salon and not from home!) and I’m going back to work 1 day a week. I am SO excited!
I now have 2 (yes 2!) high schoolers! What the heck?! Austin and Ella are doing great in high school and we’ve enjoyed watching them grow so much mentally, emotionally and physically this last year. It’s so wild watching my oldest turn 16 and mature (and drive!?!)… and how in the world do I have a 16 year old?! Grayson is also in 7th grade and LOVING his new school, he has a great group of friends and is just an easy kid, I’m so proud of them all!
We recently bought a new motorhome and have made some fun memories in it. I really miss our old one but just because we have a new one doesn’t mean the old memories go away, it just means there’s room for new ones! We are looking forward to adventuring in it (hopefully) a lot more this summer.
Milo was welcomed into our family and he’s doing so good! He’s now 5 months old and SO big! He’s still a puppy with that puppy behavior (hello poop everywhere and chewed up slippers!) but we love him so much and he’s been a great addition to our family….. and I had to promise Matt NO.MORE.DOGS! 😉
Goals for 2019:
This year I started a new adventure with Young Living and I’m so thankful for the community and bond of the team I’m on. I haven’t dug into the business side of it as much as I would like but that’s definitely one of my goals for this year.
Along with the oils business, doing hair and still trying to balance home life, I really want to blog more ( I know I say this every year!). It seems almost impossible because as the kids get older, we get busier (don’t ever believe anyone who says it slows down as they grow, it’s a lie!) but blogging has been such a passion of mine for three years and I really love the outlet. I haven’t been super present on Instagram lately (where I hang out most) because quite frankly I’m sick the comparison trap. When I started blogging my main focus was fashion, but as I’ve personally grown I’ve noticed so many things that use to be important to me are shifting and changing. I will always love fashion and I won’t stop posting about it, but it’s no longer my main focus. Living a meaningful life is my main focus. And to me living a meaningful life is about so much more than ‘stuff’, it’s about sweet moments and memories made with my family and friends, it’s about new adventures and meeting new people, it’s about leaving an imprint of unconditional love on my kids hearts, it’s about giving and showing love to everyone and not taking any moment for granted. It’s also about being healthy, not just physically, but mentally. I’ve had some unfortunate things happen in my life (haven’t we all?!) and I know that when I’m not in a good emotional or mental space, it affects my kids, my husband and everyone around me. Doing what ever I need to do to be a better “me” is a huge focus for me this year. One of my most favorite quotes is ” You must be the change you wish to see in the world” so if I want to see better, I must strive to be the best version of me I can. The world could use more love, so I want to love more, the world could use more grace, so I want to show grace and forgiveness.
The past couple of years I’ve thought about a word or phrase that I want to really focus on for that new year and lately I have had ‘giving back’ on my mind. I’ve thought about it, prayed about it and I was not sure exactly how I can give back to others. I’ve come to realize (with the help of the Holy Spirit of course!) that giving back doesn’t always mean giving large amounts of time and money to people, but sometimes the most meaningful ways of giving are in the smallest things. Being a blessing to someone can be as simple as a nice card or sweet text message, a cup of coffee or a kind word, maybe a small gift that reminds you of them, or even just a smile! I notice that people don’t smile much anymore, the burdens of life have taken over and we cannot let it steal out joy any longer. This year I want it to be about focusing on others rather than myself.
I’m grateful for all of you and the wonderful connections I’ve made through blogging and I hope to make so many more this year! Love you all and thank you so much for following along on my journey!