reflecting on 2018 & looking forward to 2019

As I begin to write this I’m already a little teary eyed, maybe because I’m 40,000 weeks pregnant (40 weeks + 4 days, but who’s counting?) or maybe because I can’t help but get sappy when I look back at all the blessings over the course of the past year. So much gratitude. 2017 was one of much transition – and a big move – so in 2018 we welcomed the opportunity to really settle in – to our new house, new city, our jobs, life with a toddler, and generally all the things. We slowed down in some areas and sped up in others, chasing dreams while taking the time to savor the good stuff and have grace in tough moments.

Brave was my word for the past year and while I didn’t always make the mark, I tried my hardest to embody that word in the way I looked at well, everything, over the past year. I was privileged to speak at a Ladies Event in February and in the summer taught teen girls for a week at Horizons at FHU. Annie turned two and continued to “wow” us with her joyful spirit and kept us laughing – with the occasional tantrum, of course. I was pregnant for most of the year and had fun celebrating every milestone and sharing the experience with so many girlfriends who were/are also expecting. I wrote and shared pieces that I was proud of and worked on projects with my ICON ladies – including a New York Times Bestseller! – that rank as highlights of my career. We hosted several epic parties, including my favorites – the Halloween Couples Costume Party and Ladies Christmas Pizza + PJ’s Party. Taylor graduated with his Masters in Counseling and we celebrated four years of marriage.

2018 taught me so much about myself, who God is, what a healthy marriage looks like, that motherhood is a journey best shared with other mamas and what’s most important in this life. It taught me the importance of home, that family is everything (and living down the street from your parents is the sweetest thing) and friends – old and new – are national treasures that keep me sane. I learned what to let go of and what to cling to and that made all the difference.

So with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for the past year I’ve decided for this year I want more. More Jesus. More love. More sweet moments with my people. More humility. More of what is good and lovely. More laughter. More cooking. More adventures. More date nights. More girls nights. More writing. More creating. More yes. More joy.

Here’s to our best year yet, friends!

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8

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