I realize that I try to start every post with the word ‘so’. Bad habit. Trying to break it. I’m starting with this post. That means I started this post with ‘so’ and went back and deleted it. Hm. Change number one.
I’m realizing how appropriate it is to post this post on New Years Eve since it’s an evening filled with the anticipation and celebration of what is to come. The start of a whole new year, and even more-so for this year, a whole new decade. Our lives are on the brink of some large changes once more. It seems that having a baby, moving and my becoming a SAHM isn’t enough change in our lives. To add to the major life change mix, Jason recently quit his job. Recently as in the Wednesday before Christmas. We both knew this was coming for a variety of reasons and were both on board with the decision, but it still was a nerve-racking and difficult decision nonetheless. We are still processing through what this will mean for us as a family and for Jason as the main provider for our family. It is a tough process and we are learning a lot about ourselves and our marriage in the process. It really is challenging us to examine our hearts and to prayerfully and thoughtfully look at our finances. It is good for us to have some strain placed on us in this area as we really haven’t experienced it much previously. It is good to be challenged again to live with less, this time it’s income. We’re not too worried about him being unemployed for too long as he already has two offers available to him. We’re just praying through what the best option is and what honors God the most.
Through this challenging time, I decided to look back on last year’s resolutions. I realize that I succeeded in pretty much all of them. Not a bad feeling. I mean, the praying and spirituality part of the resolution is an ongoing process for the rest of my life, so I can’t really say that it’s been completed, but I do feel that I have grown over the course of 2009. There is still a lot of growing to be had. I will say that this year’s list is a little more ambitious!
- Make a full size quilt for our family.
- Continue learning more about removing chemicals from our lives.
- Sew a garment.
- Fully enjoy the time I have with Jude.
- Build up the inventory in the etsy shop.
- Learn to live with even less and become more open-handed.
- Create a few more free patterns/tutorials (the Krista apron being one of them).
- Start a square foot garden in our backyard.
- Tap in to art again. I miss sketching, painting and linoleum printing. (Maybe add some prints to the etsy shop?)
- Learn how to jar foods.
- Begin consistently prayer journaling.
- Visit the farmer’s market more frequently.
- Become more active – maybe yoga, jogging, bicycling?
- Make it a priority to spend time outside everyday.
- Continue to cook healthy meals and make even more things from scratch. (Maybe learn how to make yogurt or cheese this year?)
- Cook meals in advance (and in season) and freeze them so I spend less time in the kitchen each night and more time with family. I think this is as simple as doubling things that I make that I know we like.
- Become better at clipping coupons/saving money (focusing on purchasing items that we actually use).
- Focus on having quality date nights with Jason (even if that’s at home).
What are your resolutions this year (and you can’t just say exercising – we all say that every year!)?