2016 :: A Restart

Vision Board

In many ways, my life was on hold in 2015.  There was the tragedy of my mom’s life and death struggle and recovery from her car accident.  My daughter graduated from high school and then moved out of our house for the first time and went to college.  My 3 year long technology project at work launched (still smoothing out the details).  My son moved to a new school and started high school.  2015 was most definitely a year on hold personally as I prepared for and worked through the tragedies and milestones of life.  While there is still much investment to do in these areas, I want to be intentional about my 2016.  I want to make up for lost time.  I want to have a vision, goals and aspirations.  This is quite a strange thought for me as I have literally never done a New Year’s resolution.  I don’t really believe in them.  Instead of putting together a resolution or multiple resolutions that you forget about within the first month of the year; I decided to make a vision/goals board that fully incorporates everything that I want to do this year.  Most are not simply do and forget goals, but things that I want to do, not only in 2016, but on an ongoing basis.  These are things that I want to make into a lifestyle.

So, here it is; my 2016.  It is going to be a year of celebration.  I turn 40, my parents turn 60, my brother turns 30, I celebrate my 20 year wedding anniversary and my brother is getting married.  How can you not celebrate with this line up?  This is a year setup for celebration.

Here is the list of 2016 visions/goals that went into building the board pictured here.  Happy 2016 to you!  Seize this year.  You never know, it could be your best year yet!

Travel – Hawaii/Costa Rica/Mexico
20 year anniversary & pics
Book teaching
Making friends
Investing in marriage
Have more fun
Smile more
Peace, joy, hope
Stillness (not busy) – letting God work
One day at a time
LOVE
Crossfit
Invest more in 401K
Less confusing; simplify
Go to the ocean more (body board, sup, snorkel)
PMP (project management) certification

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2015 :: A Not So Sad Goodbye

Sunset on 2015

Goodbye 2015! You were a quite a crappy year; probably the crappiest yet. But if I’m completely honest with myself, in looking back, in between all the tragedy and hardships were major milestones, joy and miracles. We have my mom with us on this earth. I have an amazing husband that loves me fiercely. We have two extremely amazing and successful children. We are gaining a new family member and overall our family is closer than it ever has been. Looking through the 2015 window of hard times is a future 2016 full of life, new beginnings, hope, love and family. So, what I guess I’m saying is thank you. Thank you for the tough times that has brought forth more blessing than I could even imagine. Bring on 2016! It’s going to be the best year yet!

Happy New Year to you all!

New Year Resolutions Goals

2014 Goals
I’m not one to make any New Year resolutions. One of two things typically happen; I either do not keep them at all or I go the opposite direction completely defeating the purpose of the resolution in the first place. However, I do believe in goals for a new year. There is a difference. To me, a resolution is a set acheivement that you reach and then you’re done. A goal is something that is an ongoing acheivement that you want to continue to meet over and over in order to better yourself and/or your life.

The reflection on 2013 involved me not only looking at all the great things that happened in the past year, it involved really digging deep to understand what my biggest hardships and challenges were as well. One thing I learned through all of this pondering was that many times your biggest challenges can also be your biggest wins. Typically God uses your biggest challenges to mold you into the person that He wants you to be and many times will make your biggest challenge a blessing.

Only recently, did I come to a conclusion on what my goals for 2014 should be after all of this reflection. Here they are.

  1. Be intentional about growing spiritually. This means setting aside the time to spend with God as well as continually reading and learning. I have already finished one book and have several more already on order.
  2. How happy you are in your life is all dependent upon your perspective. My goal is to focus on the positive, be joyful, pray throughout each day and give thanks in all circumstances. God has me where I am for a reason and fighting Him will only bring me distress. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
  3. I have a type A personality. I am also a strong big picture, planner. This means that I am wired to look toward the future. This is a good quality to have but it often keeps me in the future and doesn’t allow me to enjoy the present. My goal is to simply enjoy the day that I’m in; to live each day that I’m given to the very fullest.
  4. In the past 10 years I have considered myself to be a workout freak almost to the point of my own detriment. 2013 really changed things for me. I’m pretty sure that it’s due to the fact that I’m getting older but I simply just don’t want to do workouts that I don’t enjoy. I regularly lifted weights, but I quit doing cardio consistently this past summer. My goal this new year is to find cardio that I really enjoy doing and do it regularly. So far, this has been running on the beach. We’ll see how that goes and what other fitness items I may find along the way.

What Brings Me Joy

Jump for Joy
Jesus – ultimately, I am happiest when I’m close with Jesus. We all have a void that only He can fill. When he does, it brings joy beyond measure.

Husband – he truly is the best husband ever. He really does make me feel like I am the most special and prettiest girl in earth. I could never do this life without him.

Kids – the light of my life. They each have their own very unique personality; my daughter with her kind and compassionate heart and my son with his hilarious sense of humor always making us laugh. I truly dedicate my life to them.

Parents – without my sweet parents, I wouldn’t be where I am today. They have the kindest, most gentle and selfless hearts. They love me unconditionally and are there for me no matter what; through thick and thin. It’s because of them, I learned what ‘family’ really means.

Brother – being 10 years younger than me, we had two separate childhoods. Once he became an adult and moved near me, we became great friends. We are both crazy competitive and super active sharing many of the same hobbies. Now we spend most of our time competing on a paddleboard racing team together.

Ocean/Beach – it is truly my happy place whether I’m in it, on top of it, next to it or looking at it from a distance. It brings me instant peace and happiness. There truly is no other place I’d rather be.

Paddleboarding– it’s like walking on water through scenery. It mixes my love for the water with my love for scenery. It just doesn’t get any better than that. I’ve been doing it for 3 years and am now on a racing team. My husband tells me that I go though hobbies like underwear so paddleboarding for three years is, by far, a big record for me.

Scenery – I love it; any kind, just take me there. I just love nature and looking at all the beauty that God made. I could literally do this for days on end. So far the two best places I’ve been to see beautiful scenery is South Dakota and Hawaii (of course).

Wine – nuff said.

Travel – I am a sucker for change and adventure. Take me somewhere, anywhere. I’ll go. Just say when.

Naps – ahhh, yes. I am one sleepy individual. I LOVE sleeping especially naps in the middle of the day. I take them very seriously. I put on pajamas, close the door, put my fan on and completely get under the covers.

 

A Crazy Life

Life has been a bit crazy lately.  Our home is currently filled with small changes like multiple home renovations, volunteering changes, financial struggles, and kids starting school.  But we had the recent realization that there are big life changes on the horizon; job search/change and potential move.  With current life struggles and knowing that there are more to come, it’s easy to fall into the trappings of worry and stress.  Needless to say, I’ve been striving for relaxation, peace and joy through this time.  I’ve been reading through Psalm 119 and I have found that the only way to find true peace and joy, especially though tough times is to rest in God.  Live fully and completely for today and let God handle tomorrow.  And let me tell you, friends, this really does work.

…and sometimes you have to slow down and take the time to enjoy the beauty around you or simply look at your cat.

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