Monday, January 1, 2018

Hello 2018

Hello, 2018.

There's something so inspiring about the start of a new year. I have arrived in 2018 with a great sense of contentment. Maybe it's because I'm writing this post with a hot cup on cinnamon chai tea next to me or, because I'm in my big fluffy robe with a beautiful view of snow falling; blanketing everything in sight outside my window. Either way, my heart is content, my mind is calm and, I'm optimistic about this new year we're in.

Thanks to a couple heavy rounds of lake effect snow in our area, we've been relatively snowed in since Christmas. We even made national news because of how much snow we've gotten in so little time. According to the National Weather Channel, we've been making records over here. Here's a little glimpse into our snowy situation: BuzzFeed News.

It's been quite lovely to be snowed in, actually. Nick has been laid off from work due to it being a slow season and, we haven't had anywhere we've needed to be. We've just kind of been hibernating here; watching the big flakes fall outside from inside our warm home while drinking lots of hot tea and coffee together. It's been wonderful, peaceful; I feel restored.

Since we've been snowed in, I've had a lot of time to sit and reflect on the past year and envision my own growth for 2018. I want to grow in patience, flexibility, trust, generosity, and vitality. I want to breathe more and savor each moment in the year to come. I've made a list of 8 Focus Words for 2018 and, I look forward to sharing them with you soon.

As for New Year Resolutions, I don't have any resolutions to make in particular. Losing weight is always a goal, of course, but, I don't want to focus solely on that this year. 

For the beginning of 2018, my priorities are going to be geared more toward self-care. I want to drink more water, stretch, become more active, eat well, listen to more music, drink hot tea in the afternoons, allow myself some quiet time, use my new bible study and prayer journals, take my vitamins, build myself up spiritually, physically and otherwise. I think if I do all of that, the weight will drop naturally but, that's not my sole motivation and, that feels nice. It feels right.

As much as I am eager to jump right in to 2018, I also want to savor this season. I am actually quite thankful for the snow and, how much we've received. I see it as an opportunity to slow down; a welcomed opportunity, indeed.

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