January 7, 2016

a new year

As the end of a year approaches, I always get very nostalgic, a bit nervous, and mildly anxious. There's just something about endings that are sad - the ending of a book, the ending of a trip, the ending of a year. It's momentous, and we somehow feel as though while some things were already in the past anyway, changing the last number on the date really makes it in the past.

But as soon as the page turns and we go from December 31 to January 1, everything somehow switches from melancholic to exciting and new. A clean slate, a fresh start. A chance to get everything you messed up last year right this time.

Christmas Eve!

I've never been really big on New Year's Resolutions. Last year I made a long list, called them "goals" instead of resolutions, and I still didn't complete a single one of them. This year I haven't written anything down, I haven't made any promises. I've just committed to myself to make some life and heart changes - and in a tiny way, I already have. This year is wide open, but we already know how quickly it will go by. I'm determined it's going to be wonderful. A year of feeling things deeply, choosing to be content in whatever state I'm in, and being at peace with where God wants me to be.

Mine and Jacob's birthdays are 6 days apart so we shared a birthday dinner, and then my parents and A took me out on the actual day.

Have you made any new year's resolutions? What are some things you hope to see happen in 2016? I hope you've had a wonderful start to this year, I'm excited to see what it holds!


  1. love starting new things each year. Writing down my goals help me make them more real...and I definitly have made less goals over years...more doable ones. Some are less goals than new habits.

    Happy belated Birthday. I saw it pop up on skype...meant to write but never got to it.

    1. I'm the same way - fewer goals that are more realistic and meaningful. I feel like if I can change pieces of my lifestyle I won't need to keep making goals!

      Thank you! I got a new laptop for Christmas so my Skype notifications have been all over the place. I just saw your new year message yesterday! I hope y'all had a great one! :)