Oí. The holiday season really took it out of me this year. I was a poor planner and did not allow myself time to care for my introverted soul. We were able to attend several family gatherings and we took a 4-day cruise to Cozumel, Mexico with Jordan’s family. Sun, sand and sea is even more enjoyable when it’s winter-time back home. Despite jumping right into a busy work week on Tuesday, I’ve been using the evenings to gather my thoughts and feelings in preparation for an intentional 2017. Although I wish my goal-setting for 2017 would have been done before Christmas, busy work-weeks and travel preparations did not allow such time. So, after several hours with my PowerSheets I have a much clearer vision for 2017.
Our 2017 is going to be extremely simple. Less stuff, less clothes, less spending and less time wasted. My parent’s celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in November, and during our family dinner we asked them to share some of their advice with us. One of the things my mom said was to be very conscious of what you bring into your home, referring to stuff. That struck me at first because it seemed trivial. But then I thought about the small amount of things and stuff we bring into our home, mulitpled over 25 years and I decided that was advice I was going to take seriously. It should be mentioned I am quite like my mother, and we’re both haters of clutter.
Aside from adopting a strict less is more policy, the focus of our 2017 is going to be our marriage. Part of the PowerSheets prep-work is documenting where you want to be when you’re 80. I thought about this for almost an hour, and then Jordan and I discussed it together. Our minds work in different ways, so Jordan found this question a bit frustrating while I found it purpose-giving. Again, I fall more in love with the dynamic relationship we have. But at the end of our thought sharing it was pretty clear that when I’m 80, I want our marriage to by extraordinary. I truly believe that all areas of our life can be fruitful if our marriage is filled with passion, and focused on God (to quote my Dad’s speech from our wedding).
So yeah, that’s what we’ve got planned in 2017. Removing any and all clutter from our life, and doing work in our marriage. If you have any marriage books you recommend, drop them in the comments. I plan on re-reading several of the books I read while we were engaged, and a few new ones. There will also be pizza and wine as per usual. We wish you all the best in this coming year!
Thank you to Deidre Lynn Photography for capturing our little family. We love Deidre <3