Hello and Happy New Year! How did you ring it in? We stayed in with a massive cheese plate and watched one of our favorites, When Harry Met Sally. Annie was asleep by 7 and we were in bed by 11:30 – very different from past NYEs spent in a sparkly dress but after a whirlwind holiday season I welcomed the calm.
2017 was in one word, nuts. We survived our first year as parents. Annie turned ONE – how is that even possible? – and we had a blast throwing a luau to celebrate with friends and family. We made some tough decisions as a family and took several leaps of faith. We sold our fixer upper and bought a french country dream house just in time to fly to Houston for Christmas. We traveled every chance we got, including our first trip to NYC together where we sat front row for our favorite show and discovered the best pizza in the city. Taylor preached and worked tirelessly on his grad school classes, reminding me how thankful I am to be D O N E with school. I dug deep into my job and was honored to work on some pretty incredible campaigns with the most talented group of women. Annie started crawling, then walking, then talking – my daily reminder that change is inevitable and patience is a virtue I’m working on cultivating. There were days when I felt like I had a handle on the whole motherhood thing and others when I was crying on the bathroom floor – I’m beginning to think balance as a working mom is a unicorn and am embracing that. We worked daily on our marriage – we prayed together, played together and made an effort to let the little things go. We spent quality time with family, made new friends and cherished the old. We held close to each other when the world seemed out of control with so much darkness and embraced the good.
Sure, it was a little nutty and full of enough transition to make my head spin but as I look back on 2017 all I feel is immense gratitude. Gratitude for the ups and the downs of this wild ride called life and the God who walks beside me every step of the way.
So here’s to a new year with no mistakes in it. A clean slate. A fresh start. A brand new opportunity to love and grow and show up for our lives. To pay attention to our purpose and embrace who God created us to be. To take chances and go out on limbs and get uncomfortable. All week I’ll be sharing about how to make the most of this fresh start – why I don’t believe in resolutions, how to get organized without losing your mind and my word for the year so stay tuned.
2018, let’s do this!