Hellllllllo New Year!
A break from blogging around the holidays is just what the doctor ordered and not only did I enjoy my family and feel like I was fully present with them, but I wasn't pulling others away from being fully present with their families. The ability to have some time to slow down and just be has for sure given me a refreshed perspective on my role in this space and I am so excited to continue to share what's on my heart with each and every one of you that continually shows up. On that note, my gratitude for your presence is difficult to fully express, but know, I appreciate you. Truly. So today, I am back at it!
It seems crazy to think that we are on the other side of the holidays. The past two weeks have been equal parts relaxing and chaotic. The days surrounding Christmas were spent with my family and it was undeniably amazing, but if you know my family, you also know why that portion might be more accurately described as chaotic. 5 child-like adults (plus 3 spouses and 1 family friend) and two two-year-olds running around with nerf guns made for quite the Christmas celebration. Thankfully there were actual adult parents who kept us from completely destroying everything. Relaxation came mainly last week between Christmas and New Year's. Josiah worked from home a lot, which I am a big fan of, and we spent a lot of time just being together. During normal weeks it's easy for things to just become routine, but last week involved a little more spontaneity than normal. One afternoon we put our to-do list aside and went ice skating at Maggie Daley Park and despite both of us hitting the ice pretty horribly, it was great to spend time fully present in conversation for a few hours straight. It was amazing.
How did the time fly so quickly? I swear just last week I was thinking through our Thanksgiving plan and contemplating what to get everyone for Christmas. Nonetheless we are here in the new year and we are looking ahead to see what 2017 brings.
New years always leaves me with mixed feelings. I feel obligated to make BIG plans for the coming year, but to be honest, planning at the beginning of a new year has become a bit of a disappointment for me in past years. January 1st I am always ready to hit the ground running, but then before I know it, it's December 31st and I haven't gotten any closer to losing those extra pounds or saving X amount of dollars. I always feel like if my plans aren't big though, they're not worth pursuing. However, when I set BIG goals, I often find at the end of the year or even just a few months in, that I am completely devastated because I have lost focus and throw in the towel all together.
Well, this year I'm going to be okay with progress over perfection. I'm going to be okay with baby steps. I'm going to be okay if my goal isn't to run a marathon, but instead to consistently run a few days each week. I'm going to be okay if I don't save $X, but instead I'm just going to be more intentional about my purchases and put my money where it's most wisely used. Most importantly though, I am gong to remember that new year's resolutions and whether or not I actually follow through fully with them or not doesn't define me. Progress over perfection, always. Progress is the word I am using to guide my perfectionist brain through 2017. And "Progress over perfection" is this year's mantra because those three little words sum up the solution to one of my deepest lifelong struggles.
So, here's to a year full of struggles and triumphs, tears of joy and tears of disappointment, and failures and successes, but most importantly progress.
Happy Monday + Happy New Year's, babes.
Here are this week's links:
1. If you need a little extra push to pursue the things that scare you. take the risk.
2. Take a glimpse into life in Paris in the 1920's. I am jealous of many of the wardrobe choices.
3. I seriously think one day Josiah and I could go on the road in an RV. Especially if it looked like this.
4. This scene is so calming.
5. Heaven, but also maybe a little creepy?
What word/words are you using to guide you through 2017?