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A NEW YEAR POST

January 11, 2016

Almost two weeks into the new year, and I'm finally ready to write about it. 2016 looks and sounds so weird. So futuristic. But what can I do, it's here. I live in the future. So here's to 2016! Here's to the future! Here's a picture I forced myself to go take this morning because I literally had no pictures to add to this post!

^^^ Three things I already love about 2016. New (so so so warm) mittens Stefan bought me at the cutest boutique in our neighborhood (with the cutest owner. She chatted with us like we were old friends, and I was excited when we randomly saw her out to dinner Saturday night and I was of course wearing my mittens!) Special thanks to Target for these next two: first, my first non-school planner in probably eight years. Because yes, I was super lame and bought the BYU freshman planner (and used it religiously) every year I was in school. And I think they always gave me one in high school? Maybe even middle school? I used them all. And finally, a new wallet after my very, very old one finally bit the dust and I held it together with a rubber band for a month. RIP old Target wallet.

Back to the point. A new year. I reread my new year's resolution post from last year - I wanted the word diligent to be my 2015 theme. I don't necessarily feel like I knocked that goal out of the park, but I did work diligently toward a few things that have made me feel pretty accomplished. 

In 2015, I graduated college. That was not always easy. It was something I always wanted to do, but not something I wanted to do every day. 

In 2015, I started an Etsy shop and took my art to two different markets! ...none of this was a huge success, but it was a really big deal for me. I felt super vulnerable and nervous and intimidated and really really scared, but I did it. And I learned from it. And I hope I keep learning from it.

And in 2015, Stefan made me lots of smoothies so I could eat healthier, I kind of kept up with running, I read a couple books for fun, I usually had a really hard time waking up when I was supposed to... Can't be diligent in everything, right?

In 2016, I don't want to choose a one word theme. I don't want to set huge, specific goals. The way I see it, Stefan and I are both off to a pretty great start already. He got up and went for a run without me the other morning - honestly the first time ever since we've known each other, and he was pumped about it. Last week we made it out of IKEA on a Saturday afternoon in under two hours, aaand we spent less than a hundred dollars. Who does that!? Where's our trophy!? Maybe the best part of our year so far was the night when I straight up soaked in a hot bath at 5:30PM and then we went to get Tai food. I didn't even love the Tai food. It was fine. But that bath. That bath was nice.

So, here's what I'm thinking for this year: Stefan and I have been talking a lot lately about doing what is good for us. We've had some big stuff happen recently - graduating, accepting and turning down job offers, buying a new car, moving - and we have more big stuff coming up soon - a tiny, demanding human joining the family. With all of this comes a lot of advice from others, a lot of choosing between multiple good options. We're starting to figure out how to choose what is best for us, for our family. That may not always be what is best for other people. A lot of times, what's best for us isn't what our family, friends, or the rest of the world think we should do. But we have to look out for ourselves. Sometimes we have to listen to our gut(s). This year, we want to focus on that. On doing what is good for us.

Doing what is good for us also means doing the little, everyday good things: We do want to keep trying to wake up on time, to exercise together, and to eat healthier diets. We want to drive less and walk more. I want to remember to take our reusable bags to the grocery store! These things are good for us. This year, we're taking care of ourselves.

1 comment :

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I think for the last year I have been replying to your email post, which I realized today say's "no reply." So, I'm sorry you never saw any of my comments. But now I know better! I love your posts, I read them all. I am so proud of you for all your accoplishments, and hope you know that without me having to remind you. I'm excited to have you living so close, and can't wait for that demanding little human to join your/our family! I will continue to give you my opionions and advice, which you can accept or ignore. Just know we love you!

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