Thursday, January 3, 2013

13 wishes

I used to set out to change my body, attitude, and life every New Years.  I would set lofty goals of "perfecting" myself.  Inevitably, I would fail...I wouldn't exercise, or I would botch my diet, I'd crumble and throw in the towel and think of myself as pretty worthless (which is so silly.)

Fortunately, in recent years, I have developed a softer approach to the whole "New Years Resolution" scene.  My wish list for this year isn't strict or setting myself up for failure, but I do hope to grow as a person.

1. Be gentle with myself - appreciate my own strengths and contributions
2. Be gentle with my family - I love them most.
3. Seek out the good in people - it can be so easy to have a hardened heart sometimes
4. Protect the time I have with my children
5. Don't overextend myself with obligations I am not passionate about
6. Rediscover the interests that I have put on hold...when I am ready
7. Be present
8. Pray more - maybe go to church again...maybe not
9. Slow down - it's not a race.
10. Live simply
11. Embrace my emotions - I will not regret tears, sadness or disappointment..they are part of life, just as happiness, joy and excitement
12. Be mindful of how I nourish my body, and my family's bodies
13. Do my best. 

I think I can live up to many of those ideas.  I hope 2013 brings you ooodles of happiness and joy.  I am confident that the adventures awaiting my family and I will be a beautiful ride!  We have so much to look forward to.  New baby boy!  New jobs!  New state!  New home! New beginning!


  1. Eloquently stated, Jes. Any one of those statements is a noble pursuit; together they form the basis of a good and kind and fufilled person.

    Happy 2013. I look forward to reading what happens next in your world.

  2. Those are great resolutions. Also evidence of maturity in your outlook.

  3. Those are beautiful resolutions. And, holy s***, you're pregnant! Where the hell have I been?
    And hooray!



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