I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the new year. I wasn’t around on this blog much in 2014, but if you read the few posts I made or are my friend on Facebook, you know that it was a bumpy ride.
The low, of course, was my dad’s cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. He’s doing great now, and I’m so thankful not only for his survival but also the many ways the experience changed and blessed our family.
Speaking of family, we gained a new member last year, which was easily the highest of the highs. My nephew Carter has brought smiles, snuggles, laughter and a whirlwind of photo sharing like you wouldn’t believe. All of us are working to make sure he’s spoiled rotten (much to his dad’s dismay!).
There were other bright spots in 2014. I had an unforgettable experience serving on a mission trip to Haiti, where I met people who left deep, deep marks on my heart. I completed my first 5k race, lost about 15 pounds, and started on a (winding) path to better health. I dated a bit – and lived to tell about it.
It was a pretty good year. I find myself surrounded by a loving family, wonderful friends, the light and love of Christ, and, of course, my stinker dog Waylon. There are occasional dark moments, of course, because this is life and it’s not always roses and sunshine. But I have to say that right now? Life is pretty sweet.
So what could I possibly wish for 2015? Continuity, for starters. If the coming year ends like 2014 did, I’ll have no complaints. I learned a lot, and loved a lot, and grew a lot. TV fashion guru Stacy London said in a commercial several years ago something to the effect of really enjoying being in her 30s because she was finally aware of what she loves and who she loves. I have to agree with her. Now that I’m a few years older, I have a much better sense of value and priority. The things I’m longing for in 2015 are related that new understanding. I want quiet. Simplicity. Authenticity. I want less … but also more.
I stumbled onto a website a few weeks ago that has been really helpful in helping me think of ways to achieve those goals. Zen Habits author Leo Babauta’s A Brief Guide to Life pretty accurately sums up what I want for my life:
less TV, more reading
less shopping, more outdoors
less clutter, more space
less rush, more slowness
less consuming, more creating
less junk, more real food
less busywork, more impact
less driving, more walking
less noise, more solitude
less focus on the future, more on the present
less work, more play
less worry, more smiles
These are my goals. I know the path ahead won’t be easy. It seldom is. But I’m so looking forward to it.
Here we go!