As I did last year, I picked a word to guide me this year. Last year it was FOCUS. I focused on being in the moment, loving my children more, simplifying our home, using my gifts to serve others, and keeping my eyes and heart open to new things. I personally think I did a decent job of focusing on things, but as with most things, I could have done better. I will say I thought about this word frequently and let it guide me on many occasions.
I actually thought about keeping the same word. It has merit, but ultimately I knew it would become stale quickly and not have the same meaning for me. So, after much thought and prayer I decided on EMBRACE.
I spent almost half of last year fighting my life and me in general. I did not want to be living in Texas. I avoided acknowledging injury and fought it. I wanted things to be different and was constantly annoyed that forcing things to be different was not working. It took so much mental and emotional energy that I exhausted myself before I did anything hard. This year has to be different for me. So, I will embrace my life as it is.
I have a wonderful life in Texas...a great home, a wonderful church, and a solid support system of friends. I want family, but now is not the time in my life so I am going to embrace my life and live it to the fullest.
Drew and my little people are amazing. I love them dearly. Sometimes the day to day moments are exhausting. More than sometimes if I am being honest. But, God has blessed me with such a good life and I plan to embrace them and it. Even the yuck is worth it because it means I have people to love and people that love me back.
If my house is cluttered, I will embrace it. If I manage to get things cleaned out and simplified kudos to me.
I have a crazy hard (for me) training plan for the next eight weeks. I asked for it and I am going to embrace it. Honestly, it scares the crap out of me, but I love it at the same time. If the times I hope to run don't come, oh well. Truly I mean that. I plan to work my butt off to achieve my goals, but if they don't happen there will be a next time. I will embrace what I was given on that day.
Life is such a journey. I am slowing learning that I can only control so much of the journey and I just have to embrace the rest of it. I just feel like 2013 is going to be a wonderfully exciting year for me and my family.
|Family pic from Nashville|