2011 was a good year. It was a busy year. We brought a new member into our family and didn’t slow down a bit. In fact, we seemed to take on more.
The theme for 2011 was “fighting bears” and becoming stronger and more capable than I imagined I could be.
I still struggle with all three of these topics. I’m human.
2011 was a noisy year, too. I got worked up about a lot of stuff. Despite valiant efforts to get organized and stay organized and to “unplug” often, I feel like my mind was constantly going 100 miles an hour.
I didn’t read enough. I didn’t listen enough. It was a great year, but I also know that some things need to change.
I want the theme for 2012 to be quiet. Peace and quiet.
Two precious, hilarious little boys live at my house, so it’s going to be loud in the literal sense. I’m going to have commitments that I love. I’m going to make time for friends.
I’m not talking about that kind of quiet. I’m talking about removing the extra noise from my life. I need to pay less attention to the Twitter and Facebook topics that cause my blood to boil.
I want to remove the noisy reality TV from my life. I want to make an effort to unplug more often and stop having the voices of 300 people every night coming into my head as I catch up on tweets.
I want to say yes to the things that are important to me and I want to do those things well. Really well!
I want to continue to volunteer and use my talents.
I want to read books for fun.
I want to read the Bible in one year.
I want to exercise.
I want to make time for me and make time to relax.
I am not listing these things for myself as items on a “to do” list, but rather items that I know I love that make me feel better. These items are not intended to stress me out. They’re intended to relieve stress and quiet my heart and my mind.
There will not be a pregnancy in 2012. (At least not a planned pregnancy.) I will be focused on my husband and my boys. I want to get back to a quiet place.
Our New Year’s Eve plans every year are always pretty boring by the world’s standards. But we like a simple evening. We like falling asleep on the couch. This year won’t be any different. I’ll ring in the New Year after I tuck my babies in for the night.
We’ll say goodbye to 2011 and will likely be asleep when 2012 rolls in. And it will be the beginning of another day.
My prayer for my family is that TC and I can be the leaders and examples of Christ to our children that we need to be. I will pray daily for my patience, kind heartedness and opportunities to give to others as I raise my sweet boys.
Happy New Year, friends! Whatever you do and where ever you go in 2012, I hope you’re all happy and healthy!