Tuesday, January 1, 2013

To-Done List

{Notice: I stole the "to-done list" idea from a fellow blogger and former elementary school bud, Paige! Check her out at Approaching Joy.}

In my kitchen hangs a completely blank calendar, full of empty white squares to be filled in as life allows. The very definition of a fresh start. A new year.

Hello, 2013! I'm glad you made it.

I have a sneaking suspicion you will bring me a hefty dose of joy. This year, I'll give birth to my third child, I'll improve my health and strengthen my body, I'll expand my mind and my writing, and I'll love each of my children relentlessly.

But, that's enough of that.

The above list is a very nonspecific grouping of resolutions for the year we started today. To be honest, though, it scares me to tack such tasks onto myself for the next 365 days. Maybe I'll take it one month at a time. Maybe one day at a time. (But I do have that first one pretty much planned.)

Whatever the case may be, I will take life as it comes and deal. For the first day of this new year, though, I'm going to look backward. I don't remember posting goals for 2012, but it's cool to reflect on what I actually did. Here's a peek:

  • Spent time with people who love me.
  • Visited out-of-town friends.
  • Provided my shoulder for support.
  • Let other shoulders support me.
  • Watched my baby take his first steps.
  • Learned how to use an Epi-Pen Junior.
  • Planted and harvested from a garden.
  • Celebrated six years of holy matrimony.
  • Let my children meet the ocean.
  • Blogged the story of our life.
  • Rededicated myself to youth ministry.
  • Cried as I walked out of my son's kindergarten classroom.
  • Learned and practiced photography.
  • Heard my brother tell his wife that he does.
  • Strengthened my body and lost 20 pounds.
  • Used that body to create a child (currently the size of a lime).
  • Became closer to my husband than ever before.
  • Did hundreds of laundry loads and used thousands of Clorox wipes.
    (I won't try to fathom the number of diapers)
  • Looked deep into the eyes of my children.
  • Encouraged, cared, and loved until my heart hurt.

Maybe this is a bit narcissistic, but it sure feels good to see where I've been. It's hard to take on new challenges without the boost of confidence from knowing what you've already done.

I have a lot to do this year. I need to be prepared. :)

Happy 2013! May this year be everything you want it to be. May you find true contentment in the world around you. Let yourself be happy this year. I know I'm going to try every day.


paige :: approaching joy said...

Isn't it nice to look back on what you've accomplished? Yours (especially the ones with your kids) brought tears to my eyes. Happy 2013!!

Julie said...

I think looking back is a wonderful thing. Sounds like you had a wonderful year!

Unknown said...

2012 looks all in all like it was a good year! Looking back is always good.