2017 brought much to be thankful for, but health and happiness have certainly topped our list. At the end of last year, I was struggling with the recovery from my explant surgery and was unsure what the future of my health looked like. Today, I stand here with full health and feeling better than ever. Grateful would be an understatement.
This year also left my husband and I with a major life decision which I feel has brought a level of happiness to our family that we had been missing in the early half of the year. The decision of whether to stay in a less than ideal work environment or leave with no plan for future employment meant walking away from a home we were in the middle of purchasing. We abandoned all set plans for the future and chose happiness. Three months of unemployment was scary, but we worked together to take full advantage of our time together and ended up having one of the best summers of our lives.
At the completion of summer, the kids went back to school and my husband found a new job that puts a smile on his face. I have personally received several phone calls during his lunch break, where he tells me how thankful he is to work for his organization and under such great leadership.
To close our year. we flew to Florida to celebrate Christmas with my entire family. Ten grandkids running around meant a little chaos, but a lot of joy in the air. And a few days after Christmas, my husband and I slipped away to Jamaica for several days to celebrate our 10 year anniversary, sans kids. We spent our entire trip reconnecting with one another and planning for the future.
I love that our anniversary falls so close to New Years because each year we naturally plan for the following year of our marriage and what better time to start implementing new goals than around the new year?
I would not necessarily call my 2018 goals resolutions, but I am certainly going to focus on reawakening my soul, refocusing on love, recommitting my efforts, reinvigorating my drive, and rejuvenating my spirit.
So, what exactly does that mean?
I am going to continue making efforts to live a very conscious and intentional life. I want to come from a place of love in all that I do. I want to be conscious about my decisions and intentional in my actions. I know there is a great growth edge here, but practice makes perfect.
I have also decided to commit 2018 to being a dry year – which means no libations for this girl. I have goals that I want to reach and I am not going to let wine or cocktails distract me. And for those of you out there thinking that seems silly – I know myself well enough to know that I am more productive without allowing myself a glass of wine at the end of the day or even that occasional cocktail here and there. So, decision made – no booze of any kind.
Physical fitness is another one of my focus areas for 2018. Now that I have my health back, I want to exploit it – just kidding. But seriously, I want to take advantage of feeling good and focus on working to feel even better. I am signed up for the 2018 Marine Corp Marathon in October and I want to be prepared to run it uninjured. I also want to focus on increasing my functional fitness – so pushups and pullups. The goal is to be able to keep up with any physical obstacles or opportunities that come my way!
With the focus on fitness, nutrition naturally hits the spotlight as well. We have been diligent in crowding out less healthy food options in 2017, so 2018 we will just continue our focus on whole food plant based eating. We have been eating some fish and eggs in 2017, but after watching a documentary (What the Health) with the kids, we are working on crowding those out too and truly going WFPB. I am going to focus on finding and creating new recipes to entice our pallette and enjoy the natural flavors mother nature brings us. I will also be continuing my journey of safer beauty products through Beautycounter, which I kind of lump under nutrition in a way since it is in a sense feeding your largest organ.
Furthermore, I want to focus more on my spiritual journey. I had started A Course in Miracles when we first moved here, but life got in the way and it ended up back on my bookshelf. It is my goal to complete at least the first part by the year’s end.
And lastly, I want to focus more consistently on my writing. I have a few works that I have let slip into the shadows as of late and I want to recommit myself to finishing them. Whether or not they ever see the light of day is a different story, but I certainly think there is power in completion.
That about sums up the major focus points for 2018. Realistically I will be reassessing and refocusing depending on what comes my way, but ultimately these are the areas of importance to me at this point in my life.
I am beyond grateful for my life thus far. 2017 was no exception. I have a wonderful and supportive group of friends and family, two amazing children, a dedicated and loving husband, and two wonderful dogs. This doesn’t mean that life is all rainbows and butterflies – it certainly comes with its dark moments, but I am learning to let go of the petty things that slow me down and focusing on being present and grateful for what I do have.
Life is about balance and it takes some pretty solid core strength and a strong foundation to stay balanced during rough winds. Balance is a continual process as I am learning, but with practice it becomes less work and more of a natural reaction to situations.
I hope you have been able to have an attitude of gratitude through 2017 and look forward to all the opportunity the new year brings. I’d love to hear what is on your agenda for 2018 if you are open to sharing!