Well guys, can you believe we are into 2018?! Just saying that number feels a little surreal to me. 2018. Seriously, how are we already to 2018?! I can still remember New Years Eve in 1999. You know, when everyone thought the world was going to end with Y2K. Everyone was stockpiling canned goods and water in their basements. It was a BIG deal. I was just a youngin at the time, but I remember the moment the clock struck midnight. I was sitting in my living room with my parents and we were all just looking around, expecting something to crazy to happen. Of course nothing did and the world carried on pretty much exactly the same. Well other than the fact that we had a lot of extra canned food to eat. I don’t know why I’m reminded of that moment right now, but it’s kind of crazy to think about how fast time goes and here we are already to 2018. Today I wanted to just take a few minutes to reflect on a few things from the past year and share a couple of my goals for 2018!
This past year had a lot of amazing moments and a few really hard ones too. But overall, God blessed us richly. My favorite moment from the year is definitely when we welcomed little Ava Pearl into our family in July.
I actually announced my pregnancy in my 2017 goals post last January and at the time I was so nervous about how everything would go. Of course I was excited, but also filled with worries and anxiety. You just never know how a pregnancy is going to go and getting a healthy baby isn’t a guarantee. I felt like I was pushing my luck going for number three, but thank the good Lord above she came out healthy and everything went perfectly. She has completed our family in the best way possible and we are so grateful.
Our family has continued to grow in other ways too. My son started Kindergarten, which was full of lots of emotions for me, and my other little lady got to experience what it’s like to be a big sister. We’ve had a lot of amazing moments, but we’ve also had our share of struggles too. Adjusting to having three little ones, while working from home, has been harder than I thought it would be for a variety of reasons. I feel like I’m spread pretty thin most days and I still haven’t figured out how to balance it all. It’s getting easier as time goes on and I figure out my groove with three, but it sure ain’t easy. Mommin’ is definitely the hardest job in the world, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
This past year was a huge year of growth for LVN. I worked really, really hard and you guys have continued to support me in incredible ways. I am so grateful for it all. I know I say it a lot, but it’s true. I LOVE having this space to share my passions with you all. And I love that you guys accept me for who I am. I feel like you get me and my quirky ways, which means more to me than I could ever say.
This year I don’t have a huge list of resolutions for the new year. I have a few simple goals, but overall I want to change my perspective on a couple things. If I had to choose one word for the year I think it would be FOCUSED. First and foremost, I want to be focused on what matters to me the most in life. I think I lost that sometimes this past year, working way too much and not remembering to make time for things that I enjoy or take care of myself. It’s easy to do, when you love your work, but I want to find more balance in the new year. I want to be more focused and efficient with my time. And more strategic with how I do things. Working from home with three kiddos isn’t easy and I’ve struggled to make it work at times. So my goal for 2018 is to cut out things that don’t matter and focus on what does. I’m still figuring out how that will look for me, but I’m excited to approach things differently.
I have some fun and exciting things coming down the pipeline in 2018 and I can’t wait to share them all with you guys. I want to continue to expand LVN to include more things I love and enjoy, but of course there will still be lots of home renovations, DIY projects, and my usual shenanigans. I have a feeling it’s going to be a great year, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store. I wish you all the best in the new year and I hope that you feel energized and renewed as 2018 begins. Take time to think about what you want this year and don’t be afraid to go for it. Life is so short and so precious, we really do have to make each day count. Focus on what you want in life and chase it down. No one can do it but YOU. So cheers to 2018 my friends. Go forth and be awesome! xoxo