2017 is quickly coming to a close and this has been one of the most wonderful years of my life. At the beginning of each year, I choose a word that I want to help guide me over the next 12 months. Last January, I chose the word more and at the time I wanted to make more friends in my neighborhood, have more time for myself and create more memories with my family. I had no idea that The Year of More would means so much more by the end of the year.
More AUTHENTIC Friendships
At the start of the year I wanted more friendships but, what I didn’t realize was that I actually craved more authentic friendships. I had always belonged to a group of friends but, I never really felt as though I had true friendships. I was always unintentionally keeping a wall up because of my own insecurities and fear of rejection but, that only lead to me being an outsider time and time again.
After becoming a mother, I really didn’t have time for surface friendships any longer. I wanted to go deep and have true friendships with other like-minded mommas. This past year I decided to join the leadership team with my Church’s mother group and the time I spend with these ladies is something I truly cherish. They push me out of my comfort zone each and every time we get together. I have begun to pray out loud for others (I had never done that before!) and I have received valuable insight and advice from other Christ-centered women.
More INTENTIONAL Home Life
Last year, at the end of each day, I was so exhausted, I would collapse into bed and start another unorganized cycle. I really needed more time for myself to recharge and I knew that creating a schedule and routine would help me get there. I also knew that sticking to an extremely strict time table would stress me out so, my happy medium was born.
Also I make simpler meals now. A few family favorites – bean and cheese burritos, tomato soup and grilled cheese, PBJ and a banana chocolate protein shake. I used to make huge meals, meaning a bunch of left overs that no one ate and a giant mess to clean once the baby went to bed. Making a routine and keeping dinner easy have been the two best things I have done for my sanity this year.
More EVERYDAY Adventures
Watching JR grow into a curious toddler has been one of the most fun things ever!! I wanted to create more memories with our little family this year but, knew that it would be difficult with Johnny’s work schedule to get time away for outrageous adventures. Plus, that has never really been our style anyways. We are total homebodies and love being in the comfort of our humble abode.
So instead of trying to force us out and about after a long work week, I’ve worked hard to create more everyday adventures. Visiting new playgrounds around the city, stopping by daddy’s office a few times a week for a mid-day play and enjoying all of the diversity and culture living in Downtown Los Angeles affords. We may not live in the city center our whole lives but, living here now makes for some amazing opportunities and adventures in the mean time.
Next up, 2018
I haven’t yet determined what I would like my word of the year to be for 2018 but, I am praying and meditating on it for the next week. One thing I know for sure, is that I can’t wait for everything God has in store for us!
Do you choose a word of the year? How do you determine what your goals and aspirations are for the upcoming year? I’d love to hear all about your goals and words of the year so, leave a comment below!