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this new year.


It felt all too wonderful to get to dinner time last night and it feel like a “normal” day.  I absolutely LOVE all the celebrating, extra events, yummy foods and Christmas cheer that decorates my home, but there is something so refreshing about having life get put back on it’s tracks for the simple every day.  We packed up the tree a bit earlier this year as it was not absorbing any more water and was starting to sag into funny shapes(!).  With the tree away, we were ready to greet the new year with a fresh slate … having a clean house for starters.

I haven’t been one to really make “resolutions” per say, but in the last few years I have really stuck to a word/phrase that I project will carry our life’s theme through the year.  It’s been interesting to see how the year plays out and see how life has relevantly revolved around the “thought” of the year.  Last year’s word was:  i n t e n t i o n .  This year, we have chosen the words: s t e a d y ,  s l o w ,  s i m p l e .

We’ve been talking about  s i m p l i f y i n g  things for a while and to this point have made small steps towards making that happen.  But with this ‘fresh start’ to the year, the reminder is exciting to think that we are the ones in control of making those steps as little or as big as we want.  It’s given us a push to evaluate (again) how we’d like to see life happen in our corner of existence.  There will be some physical changes to pare down some of our things, and shifts of where we invest our time.  To ‘resolve’ to live more simply is more of a life’s goal, as opposed to a single year’s goal.  So clearly, this will be something “in progress” for the rest of our lives!

Within the realms of s l o w i n g down, I’d like to make room for my hobbies to be filling my time, not other time wasters.  My novice knitter has spoken and I am once again trying to stick it out to finish a project!  Hoping to learn some new knits and actually see Matt or the boys wear something I’ve made.  I’ve also mentioned crocheting to my big-time crocheting friend … hoping she’ll get me hooked (haha!).  I haven’t yet incorporated it, but I would also like to play more piano at home.  For the past few years, I’ve been playing piano at church every few weeks.  Now that I’ve had Israel and am taking a break, my fingers aren’t getting their ivory time quite as much as I’d like.

Matt and I do really well at dreaming up things and bringing forth ideas.  Our follow through?!  Not nearly in the same camp of accomplishment.  One of the ways we hope to become more  s t e a d y  is to see things through, no matter how big or small.  Again, a lofty lifetime kind of goal, but one we will be working on … for years!

On a much lighter ambition and nothing really to do with s t e a d y  or  s l o w  or  s i m p l e, another change I am going to work on this year (which I guess is like a new year’s resolution then!?), is getting IN the picture more often.  Literally.  It kind of hit me when I was asked to send in a picture of myself for this women’s event at church and I could not find a single picture of just me since our wedding photos!  Sure, I’ve taken a selfie here and there but nothing that I deemed as an actual picture of me.  I plan on asking to get my picture taken, therefore being willing to be in the picture no matter what … I need my kids to look back and actually SEE me being here!  We’re also going to get some more family shots this year (post soon to follow on that!).

Now that you know what some of our goals are and what we are aiming towards, what are some things you are planning to work on this year?!  Or resolving/determing to learn??


pic pix: me in this funny selfie on my new iPad (so awkward!), Jan.2016, backseat of my mom’s car

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  • January 6, 2016 - 12:16 pm

    Calista - I read a post yesterday over at Hand Free Mama about being softer in order to allow my loved ones to shine. That really hit home because I can be a bit of a control freak and I find that I can be rather rigid in my approach to daily life. It doesn’t allow my husband, my son or myself much room for spontaneous choices or exploration. So…here’s to being softer in 2016 🙂 We went out for frozen yogurt last night in between homework projects. It may not have been the wisest course of action, but it was fun for all of us!ReplyCancel

    • January 8, 2016 - 12:54 am

      sarah nadine - We forget that life is not something we can be in control of. Life is a gift, each and every moment. So, kudos to you for approaching it with some fun! It can’t be that way every day, but I bet if you knew it was your last there would not be an ounce of regret hashtag: so much food for thought


      • January 12, 2016 - 2:18 pm

        Calista - I love your blog for that very reason: I always walk away thinking about life in a deeper way. Thank you for that 🙂ReplyCancel

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