I honestly can not believe another year has come and gone. I now have a one year old and an almost five year and that seems crazy to me. This year has been one filled with many ups and downs and I look forward to seeing what the New Year has in store for us. I am thankful for so much this year, my family, friends, Matt, Sterling and Frances, and our health. I am especially thankful for all of you who read my blog, leave comments and email me. You all lift me up and inspire me everyday and I thank you. I read every single comment and email even if it takes me awhile to respond! It is crazy once we get older how fast the years seem to fly by. Sometimes the days seem incredibly long but then in the blink of an eye another year is gone and we are a year older.
I have grown a lot this year and I am still working on bettering myself. It is a constant journey to connect with yourself and be best the version of you. I have learned I am stronger than I think I am but I greatly rely on the support of my family as well. I have learned to say no and that I don't have to attend every single event I am invited too. Sometimes family time and a night in is more important. I love a night in almost as much as a night out. I have learned that the quality of your friends is way more important than the quantity. I have a handful of friends that I love and trust and that matters most. I have learned lunches with my girlfriends make me incredibly happy, a time to connect and laugh that is so good for the soul. I have learned a hangover is not worth it once you have kids. I have learned sleep is a thing of the past once you have kids. I can now function on few hours of sleep and it is my new normal. I have learned that not using credit cards is liberating and not as hard as it seems (more on our debt journey later this month). I have learned that good tequila is worth the money- don't drink the cheap stuff! I have learned just how much I appreciate my parents and how hard they worked to raise us after struggling to discipline Sterling, this year has been trying with him. I have learned my stomach and boobs may never look the same again after two kids and that is ok. I have learned that having two kids is HARD (harder than I thought it would be) never a moment for you but also so rewarding. I love seeing how much Sterling and Frances Moon love each other. 2014 was my first entire year with two kids and I am so grateful for the two of them.
I get so inspired at the end of each year to start a New Year fresh. I am not big on making resolutions because I usually break them. I set simple goals for myself instead. These are my goals so far- I also have a list of house improvements I want to do next year that I will share as well after the New Year.
I want to exercise more and do more yoga. I have been slack in the exercise department lately. I need it for my mental sanity as much as to tone up my body.
I want to meditate at least 10 minutes every single day- lately I have been doing about 3 times a week I want to do more.
I want to drink more water and less wine.
I want to remember to tell Matt I love him everyday.
I want to volunteer my time in some way and perhaps take Sterling with me to do this.
I want to try and be in the moment with my children. I have a hard time with this I am frequently multitasking and thinking about what I need to do next, my mind never rests. I want to sit down and just enjoy them because they are growing up way too fast.
I want to eat less meat, mainly chicken and beef. I feel so much better when I stick to a mostly vegetarian diet - but don't worry I am never giving up cheeseburgers or bacon:)
I want to get more organized and plan out my blog more than just the night before
I want to really clean out and organize our garage- it would shock you if you saw the inside:)
I want to read more good books.
I want to declutter.
I want to judge less and be more accepting.
I want to grow a garden, a legit garden not just one in pots.
I want to take a vacation with Matt somewhere tropical.
I want to spend more time outdoors.
I want to try more new recipes- cooking brings me so much joy.
I wish you all the happiest New Year and I hope 2015 brings you everything you hope for.