Here we are, the middle of January, and I am just now getting around to posting about my thoughts, goals and word for 2018.
Life has been chaos. Absolute mind numbing, I want to cry but I am too tired, Oh wait… here come the tears, CHAOS! I knew it was going to be a rough start to the new year, but I underestimated the emotional toll it would take on us. Moving was exhausting friends! And I can officially say, Lord willing, I will never move ever again.
But even through the crazy there have been blessings. Gracious in-laws who opened their home to us, warm meals, kind text messages and offers to help. This process could have been even more hectic and difficult than it was.
Now that I’ve updated you on how moving went, let’s talk about 2018.
Honestly I am struggling here. Some years I’ve picked a word to focus on and other years I have set goals. Currently I find myself sitting at the computer at a loss.
There is only one thing on my mind…
Back in December I received a note and a book from Stephanie. She sent me a copy of A Simplified Life and told me that she had picked my word for 2018. It is such a sweet thing when friends truly know you and the desires of your heart. But the irony of it is that 2018 is off to anything but a simple start.
*We’re currently living with family. (God bless them.)
*We’re building our house. (Like actually, physically building it.)
*Russ received a pretty considerable job promotion. He is trading his blue-collar for a white one Monday!
There is so much going on in our life right now. It’s all
good amazing, but it adds up to some pretty huge life changes and feels s o f a r from simple.
I thought it may be helpful to put “pen to paper” and write out what simplifying might look like in our life. Today, I’d like to share that list.
S I M P L I F Y
Simplify The blog. I feel like I’ve made a lot of changes in this area already, but I would like to continue making more of them through 2018. I want to blog less and blog with intention when I do chose to share. Sponsored content will continue to decline and the linkups that I host are few and far between. I honestly considered giving up this space altogether, but I realized that wasn’t necessary. However, simplifying was.
Simplify Social Media. Blogging groups, like threads, blah, blah, blah. There are so many ways that one can spend their days and ultimately I don’t exactly want to spend a chunk of mine in front of the computer swapping likes and follows. I would rather have small amounts of genuine interaction with a handful than mass followings and likes from people I don’t even know.
Simplify School Work. I read a book last summer that changed the way I think about homeschool. We don’t have to spend all of our time doing all of the things. We can truly focus on what is lovely to us. I want to spend more time enjoying my girls and less time being a nagging school marm.
Simplify Stuff. I felt like we purged and purged and purged when we were getting ready to sell our home, then we moved. I was simply shocked and appalled by the number of things that we own. My plan to simplify our stuff is to unpack with intention. I have a few ideas of ways that I can do this and when the time comes, to actually move into the house, I’ll share a bit more.
Simplify Our Life. So often I feel like I have these ideas of what life and family time should look like, and they are often so far from simple. This year I want to learn to embrace the little things like game nights and pizza for dinner. Cooking together, time with friends, taking walks and sitting in church on a Sunday morning. I want to learn to love the little every day gifts I take for granted.
2018 is set to be a pretty huge and exciting year for our family. But my bold prayer is that God would use all of these great things to bring us to a more simplified way of living.
A place where we can focus on the things in life that are truly important.
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