all of a sudden, it's an entire new year!
the past few weeks have been super crazy, and i have so much to catch up on here on my blog. but today i decided i need to stop and take some time to reflect on the year passed and the year ahead. i always feel really grateful for new beginnings, and january is always a fantastic opportunity to practice improving.
here's a few things i hope for in two thousand nineteen:
-my "word" for the year is easy. i want to focus on being more easy-going, being easy to be married to and friends with, and just approaching things with an attitude of easy rather than hard. i'll probably blog more about this another time :)
-start every single day with a prayer. before anything else.
-read ten books. i think making time for reading, which i've been sooo bad at the past few years, will improve my life in several different ways.
-run the stockholm marathon (i really just want to finish, but i'd be super pumped if i ran it in less than four hours).
-rebrand my blog!
-actively work to deepen friendships and to consistently serve others in a meaningful way. i plan to check in on this at the end of each week.
-strict adherence to this new policy: no phones in the bedroom. this will help me begin and end each day away from a screen! i also recently installed a little bracket that holds my phone right by our front door, and i want to leave it in there at pretty much all times.
-spend one nap time per week working on making family photo books. this was a christmas gift i gave to ian.
i'm looking forward to this bright new year with fond anticipation like the woman in the painting above ... and anticipate 2019 will look a lot like the painting below (but with little boys instead of little girls!).
(artwork by caitlin connolly. every single time i visit her website i am seriously so moved by her work.)
i feel so very blessed looking back at 2018, and so very excited looking forward to 2019. i'm glad i get to share every year with these three beloved boys:
happy new year!