That’s one of my favorite movie lines from “Never Been Kissed” and it’s not even a super memorable or witty line. It’s just the way Drew asks the girls that, so full of hope herself.
But 2017..what do I hope for 2017?
What I hope for 2017 is world peace.
I’m just kidding…sort of. Because honestly, this world needs peace and a good shaking.
But I don’t plan on making New Years resolutions, mostly for fear of failing them, but hopefully they are just “lifestyle changes” that are not temporary. Here are a few lifestyle changes I hope to make:
To stop comparing myself and my life to others. We live in a world where we are glued to our glowing screens, scrolling through picture after picture, post after post. I am completely and fully aware and absolutely admit that sometimes I get immediately jealous of either a perfectly staged picture of someone’s fresh new house décor or their perfectly toned arms or beautifully baked pie. But WOW, how unhealthy is it to live against the glass screen attached to our hands. I don’t think it’s wrong to have Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. I don’t think it’s wrong to post pictures, like pictures, or admire pictures. I do think it’s wrong to decrease the value of our life based on what we scroll through. Each of our lives has its’ own struggles and trials, but it also has its’ own wonderful aspects that don’t need to be compared to. We’re all in different stages of life and a mom of 3 trying kids, can’t look at her single friend partying all night and sleeping in the morning thinking “HER LIFE IS AMAZING”. Because it’s simply not true. I mean her life might be amazing, but not in the way you’re thinking because she’s literally just in a different stage of life. God has placed certain people, certain circumstances, certain situations in each of our lives for a specific reason and we go through life with our own ups and downs and blessings and curses. We cannot compare what we have or don’t have to others. And this is something I constantly have to remind myself of. Our worth should not be compared to others. We all have our own, individual strengths and weaknesses that beautifully make up who we are and that is something SO incredible that we tend to overlook. And side note..I realize this is not a problem for everyone. And I truly admire you all, and hope to get to that place sometime soon! Now..does that mean I’ll never let the green monster of jealousy get the best of me? No. I’m human. But I do want to be aware of my thoughts the next time I scroll through social media. To remember that my identity does not rely on what I see or what I imagine. And that who I am, is ME, wonderfully and beautifully made by the Lord.
To be healthy and active. Tony loves being outdoors. If we could, he would probably choose his home of choice as somewhere that has endless access to bike paths, hiking trails, grass. He loves being active and doing, and moving. He could camp for days on end. Or..well..maybe at least a few nights, because his ole’ back does love his own bed. And while I enjoy a nice walk here and there and love to be out in the beautiful scenery…I also love binge watching my favorite show on Netflix or could be completely content being indoors for more like two days straight. So to compromise in our marriage, I hope to be more active. To take Rhody on more walks with Nella, and if Tony’s schedule allows..having him come with us. I hope to chose a bike ride over TV show. And to go along with that, to be more cautious of what we eat. I’m not saying going out and buying only organic ingredients but to eat with intent and not out of boredom. To indulge in things that are good for our body, along with things that aren’t necessarily good for you BUT OH SO GOOD (all in moderation, right?!). But I think above all just to know what we eat, especially with Nella. It really is truth that if you eat awful, you won’t feel like being active. But if you fuel your body with good and healthy stuff, you’ll want to go on that walk after dinner, or play outside for that extra hour. It’s also a great chance to connect with another human being when you take a walk around the neighborhood, or when you travel and explore new paths in new cities. To chose dates or family days that have some sort of activity and not just trying out a new restaurant. 🙂 Gotta keep moving, right?!
To read more. And journal. Reading is always on my new years list. I actually have a huge stack of books that I have acquired over the year(s) that I can’t wait to read but I’m much slower than I’d like in getting through my books. And it’s not because I’m a slow reader but I tend to do something else than dive into the book at times. Like browse on my phone or something random. I LOVE reading, and I would love to read all the books that are stacked up! A lot of my books now are more non-fiction/study/think-outside-the box books. Since I’ve finished up my Twilight and Hunger Games series (don’t judge..) I’ve gone in the direction of the more life-application, brain food path of reading. I’m still trying to finish up the last book in the Divergent series, so I still love a good story..but also very much appreciate the real, nitty-gritty, thought -provoking reads as well.
I am currently reading these books and I loving them so far!:
“Allegiant” – Veronica Roth (trying to finish this up considering the movie is already out)
“A Kingdom Called Desire: Confronted by the Love of a Risen King” – Rick McKinley (I am loving this so far. It’s not an intense read where I feel live I’ve stepped into a theological class at seminary but every chapter I ended up with those OK THAT’S GOOD moments. Highly recommend)
These three I alternate between, as they’re not totally connected chapter books:
“One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are – Ann Voskamp; “On Becoming Toddler Wise – Gary Ezzo, Robert Bucknam (Note: I do not base my parenting on books, but this one has a few good points, as their other book “On Becoming Baby Wise”); “My Utmost for His Highest” – Oswald Chambers (a daily 1 pg devo)
I currently have these, among a few others, waiting to be read:
“Audacious” – Beth Moore (I actually just got this for Christmas a few days ago but I’ve heard so many good things about it so it’s at the top of my stack)
“Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear” – Elizabeth Gilbert
“The Meaning of Marriage” – Tim Keller
“Chasing Francis” – Ian Cron
And of course…I have quite a few more books still on my wish that I’ll need to acquire..but I guess I should “crack open a book” of mine that I have now.
I have also always loved journaling. I’ve written in a diary since elementary school, that mostly went into online blogging in high school, and now back to writing in an actual journal from college till now. Writing out my thoughts, fears, hopes, prayers, and dreams is so therapeutic and helpful! It clears my mind and gets it in the right mindset. It’s also nice to go back through my past entries and see what I’ve been through and how much I’ve grown and stretched. The past year or more than that I haven’t been as diligent in my journaling and I want to make it my goal to journal more as it also is part of my quiet time with the Lord.
Try new recipes. So this could be considered my “New Years Resolution” if I wanted to make one, because this could be a fun one. Since I have my own kitchen again, and a couple of new cook books, I’m SO excited to try out new recipes throughout the year. I also look forward to practicing a lot of my baking methods and hopefully making more scratch-made items (i.e. crusts, breads, sauces..)
So cheers to 2016 and I pray your 2017 is a year of love, growth, and beautiful things. May you be healthy, stay safe, and do good.