2013 was a good year. Our first full year in our new home and new jobs together… and we still love each other! :)
Although I do understand the skeptics that are against new year resolutions, I’m one of those optimistic people that think the coming of the new year is refreshing and inspiring. The start of a new year urges me to sit back and reflect on life... I love taking the time to refocus my heart on what’s really important, and think about the standard I wish to set in the coming year.
Last year I picked a word I wanted to focus on, a word that I hoped would exemplify my year in a nutshell. The word was gratitude. I can see now how this word really did shape my life throughout the year.
While I focused on being present with those around me, I also noticed myself growing more and more grateful for the life I’ve been given.
In January I celebrated my 25th birthday. I focused on the present celebration and changed my perspective on birthdays in general. I also learned to love and appreciate the beautiful place I call home.
In February I celebrated my husband’s life and made a list of 25 reasons I loved him. I also learned to appreciate God’s word, and chose to be persistent in seeking Him.
In March I chose to be adventurous in the kitchen and cooked up two delicious recipes (here and here.) I appreciated the “bigness” of our creator and delighted in the ways he speaks to me through His creation. I reflected on the life of my uncle, and was grateful to spend time celebrating the time we spent together.
In May I was grateful for the fact that, “There’s something bigger going on here.” I let you in on a little life mantra of mine. I spent uninterrupted time with the one I love most. And I gushed over the love from a few other of my favorites. :)
In June I was grateful for Mondays… at least I tried to be during the Making Good Mondays challenge. (Week 1, 2, 3) I finally was able to see thanks to my first trip to the eye doctor… And I found plenty little joys in the every day moments.
In August I reflected on faith and friendship. I dominated my summer bucket list with my love. I learned that I was going to be an AUNT to a precious baby girl… and through a spectacular gender reveal party. And reflected on my purpose vs. my passions.
In October I surprised Zack with a weekend away to celebrate our second anniversary! I also reflected on grace, and the things I’ve learned about God through my family. I also showed my nerdy Disney loving side.
Overall I would say that the year of gratitude was one full of countless little joys. I learned so much about being present with the ones I loved, and truly counted my blessings each and every single day.
This year not only do I hope to continue celebrating the every day little joys… but I hope to reflect on a new word… stay tuned. :)