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CONNECT: My Word for 2015

Okay, I have NEVER done the “Word of the Year” before. I really don’t know why because I love reading about other people’s words of choice. So this year, I am going to give a whirl. 2014 really was a great year for me. My furniture business and etsy shop has really taken off, this blog is like my fourth baby who takes up a lot of my time (so thankful to all of you who come back day after day!! I love ya!), motherhood had it’s challenges but so many more joys to cherish. Life really was super good to me. But the one revolving thought I had ALL of last year was TO SLOW DOWN! From church responsibilities to family to friends to work…life was a little cray cray. If feel like I was going a thousand miles per minute from one project to the next. As a result, I felt like my personal connections with others suffered and my individual desires were put on the back burner.

My goal…my vision…my word for 2015 is CONNECT.

DINNER TIME: Food just speaks to my soul. It is my love language! Ha..I just made that up but it totally should be one of the love languages. Bring me a treat or take me out to a nice dinner and I am your best friend 🙂 I used to take GREAT PRIDE in cooking for my family. I’m a little embarrassed to say this but last year was the year of “Holy crap…it’s 5:30 pm and I haven’t even thought of dinner! Cold cereal it is..again.” Luckily, I have a husband who is the sweetest man on earth and never said anything but on those FEW nights I actually had something hot and tasty, his eyes lit up like the 4th of July. I want to connect more with my family by cooking yummy and healthy meals for them with us all sitting around the table. Even though dinner at our house it CHAOTIC with the countless cups of spilled milk and the whining from at least ONE child that they hate what we are eating, I am determined to make dinner time a time of connection.

ONE-ON-ONE DATES: I am craving some one on one time with my peeps. I love us all together but I feel like when it is just me and one of the kids the time is so special. The uninterrupted quality time is something I love. I need to do this more this year, even if it is as simple as bringing just one of them grocery shopping with me. I love to hear about their stories about friends and school. It seems like when it is all of us those little thoughts never come out. ANNNNND….I need some more weekends out with my man! That’s all. Period.

SPIRITUALITY: This one is SO important to me yet it is always the one that gets neglected. I can easily talk myself out of scripture study or temple trips and that make me sad. Feeding my spirit needs to be just as important as feeding my belly and this year I am going to make it a TOP priority.
I love this quote from President Ezra Taft Benson

“Men and women who turn their lives over to God will discover that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He can deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities, comfort their souls, and pour out peace.” 
― Ezra Taft Benson

Who doesn’t want all of these promised blessings, right? It’s all about making the time for the BEST things to occupy my time with.
MY BODY: Ugh…this is one that I have been neglecting for a looong time. A few years back I found out that I have thyroid (and a lot of unbalanced hormone) problems. I have been on and off of medication since I found out. The doctor pretty much told me that no matter how hard I exercise or what I eat, I will gain weight until we figure it all out. I don’t have insurance so it’s been difficult to go in every month of blood work and dr appts. So I have just given up on my health. There is no motivation to go to the gym or eat carrot sticks when I know I am still going to gain weight. I’m tired of that approach. I miss the gym. I miss my salads. I miss taking care of my body. So this year I am RE-connecting with my body. 
Cheers to a fresh start…a clean slate…a new beginning to re-connecting to the thins that truly make me happy and that make life worth it!!
Did you do a word of the year? If so, I would love to hear what you are working on this year.

13 Responses to CONNECT: My Word for 2015

  1. I love this word! Such a great one to really figure out priorities! I am sorry you have to go through thyroid problems. I have them as well, hyperthyroid and borderline T3 toxicity but unfortunately the doctors don't think its worth treating so I have to suffer through my symptoms! So I understand how frustrating the process of trying to figure out what works is! Praying for you!

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