a new year

views from my basement

views from my basement

views from my basement

views from my basement

(So, these pictures are completely unrelated to what I’ve written here today, but they sure make me smile.  I love that my basement is Thor’s motorcycle course.  I love that Ian has all his clothes on backwards.  I just love it so much I can hardly stand it.)

It’s the end of the first day of the year and I feel like I need to just sit and write something. 2011 was good. I grew a baby, fell deeper in love with my husband, watched my children grow into more of themselves. I feel privileged to be here to witness it all.

I’m also feeling like there is more growing I need to do, like I’ve been in a state of stagnation, like I need to push a little deeper and grow into more of myself. I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions (generally because I’m horribly inconsistent and not super good at following through on things) but I do believe there is power in putting things in writing so I’m just going to make a list of things I want for this new year.

  • I want to read more– to have meaningful things to think about.
  • There are three things I want to do just about every day– scripture study, yoga, and writing.
  • I want to design fabric.
  • I want to feel like I’m using my time just as God would have me use it– to end each day with no regrets.
  • I want to stop comparing myself to others.
  • I want to stop worrying about what others think of me.
  • I want to feel confident that the relationship I have with each of my children is just what it should be. I want to feel confident that there is no doubt in their minds how much I love them.
  • I want to organize and decorate my home with beauty and intention– filling it with things that are beautiful, meaningful, and useful.
  • I want to be a source of inspiration for someone- to somehow make another’s life better by something I say or do.

I’m sure I could go on. There is always so much room for improvement. I have t his mantra I often repeat to myself

Be content and reach.

Be happy with the place you’re at, but always, always keep trying to be better.

How about you? What do you want for the new year?


5 thoughts on “a new year

  1. Thanks for the card! it brought a smile to all of us! We did not get out any kind of card other than a FB picture…simplicity was my excuse!
    Thor is awesome! You couldn’t have gotten a better expression of zeal and zest for life! Love it!
    My biggest goals this year are to be more consistent in life. More dependable, while still being realistic. 2011 was really good for me, and I am thinking I’ve finally gotten to a place where I am finally able to release my inhibitions and step out of myself. i’m so excited for this time of my life!
    Happy New Year to your beautiful family!

  2. You are absolutely a source of inspiration for me. Thanks for sharing your beautiful ideas.

  3. I discovered your website this summer, and I just wanted to know that you have made my life better! You know the feeling when you’re reading someone else’s book, blog, article, or some other piece of writing, and you just feel a connection with this person you’ve never met before? I hope I don’t sound too wierd or silly saying this, but that’s what reading your posts is like for me. You’ve already got a good headstart on your last goal, because you sure inspire me! :) Thanks!

  4. Thanks Sarah! So glad to hear from you and so happy to know that you’re out there reading. I love that blogs can connect kindred spirits!

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