Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

It’s been a good year.  A busy year.  Our oldest turned two and our youngest turned one in 2015.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Like I said, busy!  But so good!  Our little family has gone through so much growth, in a hard yet incredibly great way.  I quasi participated in One Little Word in 2015 and picked gratitude.  It was the perfect word and I am, indeed, grateful for SO much.  There were so many moments where life’s imperfections made themselves known this past year and that little word, gratitude, would pop into my head in the best possible way.  Gratitude was such a great reminder of all the things I already knew in my heart.

Blogging really took a back seat for me the last half of this year.  I’ve become really interested in getting back in shape (which I’ve mentioned before).  I still have a long way to go, but I’ve also come a long way – which is exciting and encouraging.  I can hardly believe that I’ve become a person that gets up at 515 am to exercise 3-4x a week!  It’s still a struggle.  Every morning I argue with myself about whether or not I really need to get up and wouldn’t staying in bed be so much better?  The answer is get up because hashtag neverregretaworkout is actually true.  (Unless you are seriously ill, like with the flu, then perhaps you might regret working out.)

I am in no way a “fitness” expert but I’ve invested a more of my time and effort into learning and exercising for the past half year.  I have always been interested in fitness and have worked out here and there for most of my adult life.  This is just the first time I have been consistent for this amount of time.  I’m actually surprised by myself.  Truth be told, I think that my back to back pregnancies and exhaustion related to being a new mom and breast feeding really spurred my fitness interest.

Carrying my children and nourishing them during that first year of each of their lives was such a gift.  I’m not eloquent enough to put words into describe pregnancy or nursing, so I’m not even going to even try.  If you have done either, you understand and if you haven’t then you can perhaps imagine.  You can also imagine or know that both pregnancy and nursing is constricting in a sense and there are moments where you feel like you just want your body to be your own.  I’m grateful for both feelings – the awesomeness of pregnancy and breast feeding as well as the urge it created in me to seek out a fitter healthier lifestyle.

My healthier and fitter lifestyle is really simple.  I definitely don’t want it to come across that I’m this super athlete that eats super clean healthy foods all the time because that’s just not the case.  At all.  I’m just a gal that exercises moderately and eats healthier than I did before.  I’ve probably over explained myself here.

In 2015 Matt and I attempted a Year of Dates.  And we did really well!  Once football season rolled around, however, we pretty much just had time to make it to football games and not any extra date-dates.  I’m going to go ahead and say that the football games still counted as dates because they were  fun, it was just the two of us, and it was quality time together.

My babies are growing and talking and learning and doing so much.  I’m realizing that we are about to be out of the baby-baby phase and that is giving me some major sentimental feels.  Oh motherhood!  What can I say???? It’s the best, it’s the hardest, but really it’s just the best at the end of the day.  I would say more, but I’m still trying to determine the degree to which I want to share their lives online.

I’m not sure what 2016 will bring but I’m hoping for more vacations, some home improvement projects (maybe even a new home?? (big maybe)), more date nights, more family adventures, more creativity, a completed half marathon (yes! hopefully!!), girlfriend dates, crushing fitness goals, and just lots of fun.  I’ve got my brand new planners ready to go (I love me a fresh new planner!) and my word for 2016 is Brave.

Brave as in: I want to be brave and put myself out there a little more, be brave and not allow the (possible) opinions of others to bring me down or prevent me from doing something I really want to do, be brave and train for that half marathon (yes!), be brave and ask for help, be brave and create something big or something small, be brave and go for it.

Happy New Year to you and yours. <3 I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to this past year and what you’re looking forward to in 2016.

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