2014 was a crazy and wonderful year for our family. Like most families, we had good news, bad news, tears of joy and tears of sadness. Personally, I battled some (non-major) health issues and had a rude awakening with some scary diagnoses from some of my closest family members, and as a result, am much healthier today than I was last year at this time.
The birth of our second child (the sweetest boy on the planet, I might add) kick-started the year for us in March. From there, I enjoyed a wonderful, awesome maternity leave spending time with my two children, hanging with my awesome husband (who works from home) and just enjoying the simplicity of not having to rush around to work, etc. It was a truly amazing experience. After my 3-month maternity leave ended, I catapulted back into the complete chaos of being a full-time, working mother of two young children.
As I recently took a few days off for the holidays – literally – just 3 days total, I am longing for a simpler life. My husband, sister and I often joke about moving to Montana and starting a farm. It sounds crazy….but is it? I don’t really want to move to Montana (I hate the cold and I love NC!), but I really DO want a simpler life. For me, my husband and most importantly, my children. I want us to PLAY and BE SILLY and not live an over-scheduled, stress-filled life where we can’t enjoy each other’s company. Our babies will only be young once. My daughter will only want to spend every waking moment with me for so many years. She will only ask for 25,000 kisses and hugs to stall the inevitable bedtime for a short time in the grand scheme of things. My little boy will only crawl under my feet everywhere I go for so long. I want them to live on “toddler time” and I want to join them in doing so without being stressed out.
Now, I am not a religious person in any way, but I was recently inspired by a very special young woman who came into my life briefly in December. As a result, I found myself listening to a Christian radio interview and there was a line that really spoke to me. “As Christians, we know the two most important days in our life are: 1) the day we are born and 2) the day we figure out WHY we were born.” While I’m not even sure I would call myself a “Christian” (not sure what that really means, to be honest), I really thought that statement was pretty profound since I don’t think about WHY I was born very often and I’m guessing I’m not alone.
How can we figure out why we were born if we’re overscheduled, running ragged and crazy all the time? This year, I want to have less “to do” yet DO MORE. I’m just not sure how.
Goals for 2015
Here are my goals to get me started:
· Enjoy more time with my family and friends.
· Take better care of my body and my family’s bodies.
· PLAY more, work less.
· Have more MEANINGFUL conversations
· Take time to be THANKFUL, respect our planet and the resources and gifts we are fortunate to have at our fingertips.
· Find a way to contribute to improving others’ lives or the world.
· Start discovering WHY I was born. (If you have any tips on how I can figure this out, I am ALL ears.)
Lofty goals, I know. I think I might be turning into a hippie in my old age and I am OK with that. While I don’t know how I’m going to accomplish this, I’m pretty sure starting with a simpler life might be my first step in figuring it out.
What do you wish for in 2015??