When I originally started thinking about how I wanted this year to look, my mind immediately jumped to some big ideas - start working towards a career change? another dog? a new house? a brother for Cam? - but ultimately I've concluded I just want a simple year ahead.
Simple is good.
I don't feel like tackling anything major, nor do I feel like challenging myself at the moment. I'm in a very comfortable spot and I have a feeling there are big things on the horizon, but I feel like sitting on it for now.
I'm currently reading Megyn Kelly's book "Settle for More," and when she was describing her relationship with her former husband, she quipped that she was the stocks and he was the bonds.
The same is true for me and Brian.
When we first started dating, I was honestly shocked that Brian took a chance on me. He was several years older and already a few years into a successful career with an MBA under his belt. I brought nothing to the table.
Still to this day, Brian sees so much potential and has invested his whole life into my stock. What a risk taker! He is my biggest champion and probably a bit disappointed that I don't have any big goals for this year.
Beyond that, I have a list of other (less spiritual) goals for this year and they are as follows:
1. Increase our Molly Maids cleaning to every other week instead of once per month.
I want to "go deep" this year, but no deep cleaning if I can help it.
I'd love to go visit my friends in Morganton, NC and Virginia Beach. I would also love to visit The Silos in Waco, TX and The Pioneer Woman's Mercantile in Pawhuska, OK. Weekend trips to the New River Gorge and New York City, perhaps? I need a travel companion because Brian said his goal is to go nowhere.
3. Be a Pack Leader to the Dogs - Exercise, Discipline, then Affection
This has been weighing on me for a while and honestly affecting my quality of life, but I'm struggling with Otis. He is unpredictably aggressive. He is dominant. He doesn't listen (neither does Pippa, but that's because she's not very bright). Otis sleeps 99% of the day, but there's 1% of the day when he is defiant. He gets under the coffee table when it's time to go on a walk and it becomes a battle of the wills. His life goal as of late is to destroy our neighbor's poodle. Despite his resistance, Otis needs more exercise and a mile-long walk everyday.
4. Blog...more than 2016. Should be easy, right? :)
My current fave blogger always posts every day about the most mundane things in life (Mix and Match Mama). Every day I'm like "why do I read this each morning?" I don't know her personally, nor do I really care about what she did yesterday, but she is always so positive and happy. She never writes anything negative and it's so refreshing. When she blogs about a weekend getaway, for instance, she rarely mentions the frustration of plane delays, the stress of traveling with four kids, or the disappointment when it rains the entire weekend. Reading her blog is such a little thing that has become a bright spot in my day because she has such a magnetic and positive attitude. I hope my blog can be a bright spot in someone's day.
That's it for 2017 goals. Here we go!