2016 Goals: part two

(Read my 2016 goals part one, review of 2015 goals)

“If you get rid of unfair practices, quit blaming victims, quit gossiping about other people’s sins,
If you are generous with the hungry 

and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out, 

Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, 

your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight. 

I will always show you where to go.

  I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places— 

firm muscles, strong bones.

You’ll be like a well-watered garden, 

a gurgling spring that never runs dry.

You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past.

You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again.” 

Isaiah 58: 9-12 | The Message translation

This year my word is thrive. I kind of forgot that I had chosen this for my word a few weeks ago until today when I was talking to Marshall about a verse I was looking for. It seems like a perfect successor to 2015’s (newly appointed) word of survive. This is going to be a great year, for sure. We’re a bit more settled into our lives as parents. I have found a good groove with working from home and being the primary caregiver for our Lincoln guy. We have some friends expecting their first babies (at least three that we know about already! eee!) and Marshall’s brother plans to get married this fall. There is so much to look forward to, especially with our teeny little jokester who is turning into a toddler right before our eyes. It is amazing how much he has grown and changed in just the past two weeks, I can’t really fathom how quickly he’ll be two and telling me ‘no’. Marshall and I were reflecting on the year a few weeks ago, discussing what worked well and what did not work so great and I mentioned that I really wanted to thrive in 2016. I want to grow as a mom (to match the demands of my growing boy!), as a wife, and in my role as an online teacher. 

This season of new parenthood has changed me completely. My whole perspective on everything is just plain different. My heart change paired with my health struggles last year have really made me realize the importance of self care and what it means to care for myself so I can be the best mom, best wife and best person I can be. For me, the biggest foundational block is food. What I put into my body is super important and really affects me physically. In anticipation of frustration and temptation of doing the autoimmune protocol diet for a few months I asked Marshall to help me find a verse, quote or word that would help me to re-focus on why I’m doing this in the first place. He did some Googling (does it seem more spiritual if I say ‘researching’….?) and read a few to me and Isaiah 58:11 stuck out to me: 

You’ll be like a well-watered garden, 

a gurgling spring that never runs dry.

I immediately got this mental picture of the Garden of Eden (or what I imagine it looks like) before all the illegal apple picking went down. Lush, green fruits and vegetables growing with waterfalls and flowers, sunshine, blue skies, 60º perfection… a picture of the word thrive. I want to be a well-watered garden! 
I’ll give you a full life in the emptiest of places– firm muscles, strong bones.

Our father is the best. A full life in the emptiest of places. Nothing about my life is empty, that is for sure. I have so much. A home, a job, a family, my health (although I’d like it to improve in some areas, I can sing, dance, walk and jump!). My life is full, for sure. But what a promise, to give us life in the emptiest of places, whatever that may look like.
So here’s to 2016! I’ve got some lofty goals (looking at you, dentist and reading list) and some loose ones (moving and blogging), and I’m excited! I also have absolutely zero goals for myself this year professionally (except for one, which will be easy), which I think may be the most exciting thing about this list. 
  • Complete (at minimum) 8 weeks of the Autoimmune Protocol Paleo Diet and keep a food journal of food reintroduction to identify potential sensitivities (including: eggs, sugars, dairy, chocolate, coffee) 
  • Take “real camera” photos each month of day-to-day life, Lincoln or family/friends events. Take LESS photos, but MORE intentional photos with a focus on improving technique. Blog each month for accountability. 
  • Develop a workflow for personal photos in Lightroom; at the end of each month take time to edit, save (delete RAW files), and print and/or add to photo book. 
  • Complete Lincoln’s baby book before he is 18 months old. Complete and order Lincoln Grows Volume 3 from Chatbooks. 
  • Move every day. Go for a walk, wear and meet FitBit goal, Mommy + Me classes, Kinect Yoga or Just Dance. Plan each week with meals. 
  • Blog once a week. Participate and learn from local blogger groups (Peony Project and TriFabb)
  • Read for a minimum of 10 minutes every night before bed.  
  • Pay off the bottom Sallie Mae loan (~$4k left), get the last one under $5k (currently ~$8k)!
  • Go to the dentist at least once. Bonus points for going twice. Double bonus points for getting husband to go, too. Quadruple double bonus points if he goes twice. 
  • Meet our neighbors on all sides, learn their names. Attend at least one HOA meeting. 
  • Utilize social media to build an online teacher presence through Periscope, Instagram and *gulp* Snapchat. 
Loose and lofty, that’s how I like it! Happy New Year, friends! 

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