A neighbor came over as we were completing the first part of Micha’s bedtime routine. Jeff carries the whole family up the stairs on his back. He’s ‘Horsey’. I don’t know how he handles all of our weight up a flight of stairs every night but he does. Not only that, but he does it with a smile, a few laughs and several “neigh”s.
As I was going through my pictures, this seemed fitting to say ‘so long’ to another great year. We’re moving upward with plenty of light ahead to guide us into 2014.
I always look forward to one year winding down and a new one beginning. I get excited to reflect on the current year. I focus on how I’ve grown, what I’m doing well and all the blessings I’ve had. Then, I think about one or two things that I’d like to get better at in the upcoming year. I’ve gotten smarter by picking smaller, attainable goals, instead of grandiose, unrealistic ones.
As I look back at 2013, I like the woman I am and continue to become. I grow more intentional with each passing year. I have a ways to go to fulfill my daily meditation goal, but I am more reliant on myself, knowing I have all the answers I need inside me if I just listen. It’s taken me 34 years to start believing that and it feels great! Another great part of 2013 is how many blessings we had. Jeff and I were fortunate enough to spend 10 days in Cyprus with family, move into our new home, and move Jeff’s dad in with us for his last few months of life. All these events, especially the last one proved how strong Jeff and my love is, how amazing our children are and how much we have to be grateful for.
As I look forward into 2014, I see a year of opportunity. A new chance to meet goals that I have, fulfill dreams that I have and continue to enjoy all the people and blessings of my life.
I hope you spend a few minutes reflecting on last year and setting intentions for this upcoming year. As you come up with your New Year’s Resolutions, remember that you are perfect and whole just the way you are. We always have room to grow more into ourselves, but be loving and accepting of all that you ARE instead of focusing on the improvement you’d like for yourself. Life is too short to spend so much time wishing we had what we don’t and wishing we were what we’re not. As a parent, it’s easy to see perfection in your children; remember you were once that child to your parents. You are who you were made to be!!
Happy New Year! I’m wishing you a 2014 full of love, fun and gratitude.