Twenty Sixteen

I've been putting a lot of thought into what I want out of this year. But the thing is, I have never kept a resolution. Never once. Not because I have no resolve. But because my priorities and focus change so much throughout the year that by July, I'm having a hard time focusing on the same things I was in January.

So instead of making resolutions that I probably won't keep, I'm focusing on one word for this year. One word to focus on to help me grow as a person and hopefully give 2016 an overarching focus. I considered a lot of words, a lot of things I wanted more of in my life. I definitely didn't want more stuff, more movement, more abundance. Our cup seriously runneth over and we feel very blessed, and we are fine with our physical things and place right now. Then I thought of the things I felt we kind of lacked in 2015: togetherness, creativity, relaxation...joy. Joy. And don't get me wrong. 2015 was an awesome year for us. But it was exhausting. We did A LOT. We moved halfway across the country for goodness sake! But when I think back to all that we accomplished, I am remembering how stressed I was last year. We had the boys' first birthday party which was fun and great and all, but I ran around like a maniac for over a month trying to get things in order for the party and house projects finished up. We did a lot to our house in Colorado, but I never actually got to decorate. We were so busy doing things to improve the house that we felt we HAD to do, that I never got to really dive into what I loved which is making a space feel like home. I'd stay up late at night making sure the house was clean, I was saying yes to too many obligations so I could feel involved. And the move was a whole other ball game of things I "had" to do. I guess what I'm saying is that while 2015 was a good year, and I'll remember the high points fondly, I'm kind of glad to be done with it and glad to be moving onto 2016 with a renewed perspective on what's important to us as a family. 

So - JOY. What does that mean? It means something different to everyone, but I'd really like to refocus on what brings us joy. And if we're spending our time and money on things that don't bring us joy right then, is it going to bring us joy later? Or will it bring us the opposite of joy if we don't do it? It will give us an opportunity to reevaluate what we do and WHY we do it instead of doing things because either A. We always have or B. Because we feel we have to. 

And in the spirit of New Years Resolutions - I've been stewing up a little list of some of the things we're most excited to do/accomplish this year with ZERO pressure or obligation, and in no order whatsoever:

  • Move in to a new house! (We signed a lease yesterday and move in a couple of week!)
  • Decorate the new house! New furniture! New DIYs! New wall art, oh my!
  • Be in our best friends' wedding in the fall!
  • Sell our house in Colorado!
  • Do awesome Seattle things! Space needle! Whale watching! Coffee roastery tours! Boat tours on the Sound! Other things I can't think of right now!
  • Go on a weekend trip or two. Portland maybe? The beach? <--duh. Canada?! 
  • Eat healthier. Nothing drastic. You know, a little less coffee, a little more water. A few less cinnamon rolls, a few more veggie omelets.
  • Work on finding my exercise. The thing that I can sustain and maintain. Not for weight loss, but for my overall body + mind health.
  • Host lots of guests!
  • Find how we give back to the community and make it a staple in our lives.
  • Learn hand lettering. Random, I know. But it's something I've always loved and can't wait to start learning!
  • Work on my photography more and doing more of it. Beautiful photographs just make me so happy so I'm working on capturing beautiful moments more and beautiful landscapes.
  • Celebrate the boys' second birthday!
  • Celebrate our ten-year dating anniversary and five-year wedding anniversary!
  • Read More! More books, more magazines, listen to audiobooks, follow more blogs! The ability to be transported to some other dimension through reading is an escape that I desperately miss and fully intend to reach back into that this year. 

...and so much more. But that's all I have for now. I'm looking forward to a JOYOUS 2016! Do you have set resolutions this year? What are they? Are you looking for an overarching theme or word for the year? What events or happenings are you looking forward to this year?