New Year, Fresh Start

All The Things Notebook, 2015 Resolutions

Can you believe that we are already starting the second week of 2015? It seriously blows my mind how quickly time flies these days. I have been meaning to get up my 2015 goals, but again, life just seems to slip by so quickly & then all of sudden the week is over & I have no content put together for the blog. To be honest, I can't really complain because it has been extremely nice not worrying about the blog to the same extent that I worry about it on a regular basis. Sometimes, I think we just need to take a break from the stressors in life & most of the time that isn't possible because our life is built up of so many stressors that we have no control over or ones that we can't just go & take a mini break from. 

Every January, I think about what I want the new year to entail. I tend to reflect on the past year & strive to do + be a better version of myself. Here are some of my goals for 2015:

Simplicity: I want to live a simple life. One that doesn't include a bunch of things I don't need or have no place to put. This year's mentality is "less is more." I am going to spend less, get rid of more & be thankful for what I do have. I don't need the latest handbag or 10 planners that I tend to never use. I simply just want to be simple. You get my drift?

Jesus: Every year I say to myself that I am going to have my quiet time on a daily basis, pray more & rely on the Lord not just when I need him, but ALL the time. This year, I am going to do just that. It certainly isn't going to be easy & I an guarantee that I will fail at is on a daily basis - but I am going to give it all I got. Because my life feels so much more complete when I spend time in the Word.

Patience: I can be an extremely impatient person & I can't pinpoint where or when, but I know that it is something I struggle with daily. I want to learn to take a step back & see the bigger picture. Again, not the easiest thing to fix, but I am going to try.

Positivity: We are all our worst critics & we tend to judge others when they don't deserve to be judged. This year is learning to find the positives in anything + everything. Faith + I have started reflecting on our day by naming two positives that happened. It could be cleaning the house instead of taking a nap, getting up at 5 AM to workout even when I don't have the energy, it's calling my grandparents just to say I love you, it's taking out the trash just so N doesn't have too & it's even finding me time. Just in the last couple weeks that we have been doing this, I have noticed that some days it is extremely challenging to think of positives & when that happens I realize that something has to change. & sure enough, I have already seen a huge change in my attitude. 

Joy: The last year & a half has been a big struggle for me: mentally, physically + emotionally. Happiness + Joy were not in the forefront of my mind. Often times I would put on a big smile + act like things were perfect, when clearly they were (& are not!). This year I want to laugh more, do things that make me happy, have more dance parties in my underwear, spend time with the ones I love, say YES to more of what I want to do & NO to trying to make others happy all the time. Joy is something that is a result of finding true happiness & we are ultimately in charge of it. This year I will find true JOY.

Also, a few little goals I have: spend more time social media free, cook more, send more snail mail, read more books, travel more, be more proactive, find a church, eat healthier. + dream BIG.

Now tell me, what are some of your goals this year? I wanna hear all about them!