Highlights and Looking Ahead

Happy New Year (a little late)!

I wanted to do a high five for Friday post but I told Matt it’s hard to pick just five favorites and since I haven’t done one in a long time while, I didn’t want to leave anything out. 🙂 So here are some highlights from the last few weeks (with just a few pictures)-
  • Christmas Eve at our church
  • Watching Muppet Christmas Carol in Christmad Eve with Matt’s family
  • Christmas morning at home with Matt and his giddiness leading up to Christmas
  • Christmas afternoon and evening with Matt’s family
  • Driving down to FL for Christmas with my family

Christmas in FL

  • My parents’ love for Trixie and their puppy Honey
  • Late night cookie baking because it was vacation 🙂


  • Playing “Last Night on Earth” – a zombie board game that my parents gave Matt for Christmas
  • Watching the “shark drop” on New Year’s Eve at the beach and doing sparklers with Matt’s cousins
  • Having time to read


  • Playing with Matt’s remote control boat on New Year’s Day

Boat on New Year's

  • A trip to the mountains to go snowboarding with Matt

Snowboarding (2)



It’s been, a delightful, relaxing few weeks, but now it’s time to look ahead. Like everyone else these days, I’ve been considering the year that lies before me and considering the things that I want to be different. Instead of setting specific resolutions, I’ve come up with more general things that I want to change and I want to use those big picture ideas to make wiser decisions this year.
  • Pray more
  • Learn more about God and His word – studying the Bible, other readings, sermons and podcasts
  • Read more
  • Watch less TV
  • Try new recipes and cook more (and eat out less)
  • Develop lasting friendships
  • Practice hospitality – have people over for meals more often
  • Be an encourager
  • Complain and whine less
  • Firm up (so my clothes aren’t too tight anymore)
  • Practice skills/hobbies – DIY, blogging, writing, photography,
  • Take Trixie on more walks
I think what I want for this year is to have a new normal or a new “default” if you will. I want my new normal to include more reading, more praying, more practicing photography, more time for friends, etc. But honestly, as counter-intuitive as it may sound – I don’t want to set very specific goals (like doing something every day) because I’ve realized that I need flexibility. I love the post “T is for Tilting” from Slow Your Home.com – it discusses how balance is a myth because nothing is ever perfectly balanced. For me, this means that not every day will include reading, exercising, cooking AND having friends over. I don’t want to set unrealistic expectations that set me up for failure. Instead, I’ll tilt, like the post says – “Tilting allows you to focus on what is important in the moment. … instead of battling to find balance every day, it’s more important to create it over a month. Or a year.” So instead of trying to do everything every day, I will try to make better decisions over the course of days and weeks. When I’m busy with work in January, I’ll cut myself some slack in the cooking and hospitality areas but I’ll try to watch less TV and take Trixie on walks. Then once work slows down we can focus on having friends over. Make sense? This is what I think is going to work for me and I’ll keep y’all updated. 🙂
What do y’all think? Do you have resolutions? Or a theme that you’re focusing on for this year?
P.S. Matt and I have some big projects for the condo that we’re looking forward to completing this year! Stay tuned…