In 2017, I made 15 resolutions.
In late December 2017, which was about 4 weeks after L was born, I narrowed that list down to 7. I wanted to be more self-aware and become the best version of myself for myself and my family.
- We started to majorly declutter. We sold two couches that were crowding the basement (note: Kyle had stadium seating in our old house,) and took numerous trips to Good Will or the Salvation Army with clothes, toys, books, old kitchen tools, etc. It felt so good to get out from under stuff, but we’re not done yet because of the line “Maybe we’ll need this someday.” We probably won’t. We’re going to keep at it (is this a lifetime task?!) and stay organized.
- I ate smarter. I discovered my gluten intolerance in September of 2016, but 2018 was the first time my body could just be since 2014. I ate well, chased B & L around constantly and we all went on plenty of walks. I started to watch my lactose intake (another intolerance I discovered late last year,) and I feel like my body is where it is “supposed to be”. I lost 20 pounds and my body feels healthy, energized and normal for the first time in years.
- I laughed more and focused on those tiny, memorable moments.
- I tried my best to have more patience and be kind. I tried so hard to watch my postpartum hormones and anxiety so that I wouldn’t spiral.
- I focused on being grateful to God and I tried to be more thoughtful and positive.
- I wanted to be productive and spend time wisely. I wanted to make time for play with the kids and spend a lot of quality time with my family.
- I was determined to get outside more than normal. There’s always room for more nature!
(Huh. Is that 16?) Anyway, it was halfway through the year when I threw another goal on the list– start a business.
In August, I started American Wren Creations. Thanks to my resolutions, I rediscovered things that I already knew– I love kids, I love to serve and I love to be creative. I get so much joy out of making products for babies & toddlers. The majority of my products are one of a kind– just like the little sweeties that use them.
2018 was so good. I’m sticking with my old resolutions to keep becoming the best woman I can be, and truthfully, I’ll probably add some more. I can’t wait to see what surprises are in store for us as 2019 rolls on.
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson