ten things i desire to do (or do more of) in 2012
1. drink more cups of coffee at home
this is deeper than it sounds...i have a collection of beautiful coffee mugs that i've collected or been given, and they are rarely used. instead, i'm usually running out the door with one of my travel mugs, racing to the next thing. the "coffee at home" is an invitation to be in the moment more. better sleeping patterns, which i'm establishing slowly but surely, will lead to more rest, getting up earlier, and being able to savor those early morning cups of coffee in the beautiful mugs.
2. go on more hikes
i ended 2011 with two in the month of december. i've begun 2012 with one on monday. these aren't just any hikes though. these are intentional gatherings with Godly girls...conversation is good, uplifting and inspiring. nature around us is breathtaking. movement is made, bodies are healthier. and there's never a limit -- 2, 3 or 10 can join in!
3. do the 365...er 6... photo thing
i pretty much did it last year, but didn't share. this year i'll be posting it here and possibly on facebook. i'm hoping to bring more meaning to the mundane in this way...seeing beauty even on a tuesday in sweatpants!
4. use my technology for good
and by that i mean, not getting as sucked in to facebook, pinterest, twitter, etc. multi-tasking is great, but once in awhile it's ok to close the laptop and read a book...made of paper :-) a and i make a habit of playing board games fairly often, but i seldom make time to keep electronics off and actually read.
also, if i'm not completely sucked into a tv show i'm more likely to keep a clean house, stay on top of the laundry, and make it to places on time. so while tv is GOOD, i need to make sure priorities are in place.
5. take advantage of opportunities to open our home
we've had one (well, two if you count my bachelorette party) big events in our home so far, besides having friends over for dinner, cooking with girlfriends, and having halo/poker nights (that's obviously more a than me). 2012 has the opportunity for many more. next week i'm hosting a fashion swap, we'll have a superbowl gathering, we ALWAYS have an oscar party, and i'm planning a st patrick's day bash as well.
we want to be very intentional about opening up our home and sharing in hospitality. we truly feel that we are called to this, and we've been given a wonderful platform for it!
6. find some good EASY & wholesome recipes
we've changed our grocery habits (mainly because i do the shopping) and are probably 80% whole foods and trader joe's, while staying in the same price range as we were when we were less than 50%. buying from these grocery stores don't mean we're automatically eating healthy--or that they are all low-cal, low fat foods, but it DOES mean that our ingredients are for the most part more wholesome and that at least *i* feel better cooking with them.
and i love, love, love cooking. however, i also love spending time with my husband, so i'm trying to find wholesome and delicious crock-pot meals to add to my arsenal and have at least once a month. i'm also expanding my soup recipes a bit. i'm definitely open to quick/one-pot/crock pot meals if you have them to share (and i haven't already stolen them from you!)
yes, we still have a stockpile (no, really) of hamburger helper. but having processed crap (that tastes pretty good actually) a couple of times a month isn't going to kill us. and having really.good stuff with fresh ingredients the rest of the month is helping at least me feel better.
7. "no. cuddles."
the little girl i nanny for two days a week climbed on my lap earlier today asking for cuddles. after she's been there for a few minutes i asked her if she wanted to get down and play since she seemed restless. she thought less than a second before saying "no. cuddles." and snuggling in. it was precious...and a reminder that i need to press in to the cuddles too...literally and not.
sweet moments spent with friends, settling into the couch with my husband to watch a movie, emi jumping onto the bed or couch with me, enjoying hugs and high fives from the children in my life...all these things i need to appreciate more! and when asked if i'm ready to move onto the next "thing" even if it's a good or necessary thing...sometimes i need to just say "no" and enjoy the "cuddle".
8. continue using financial wisdom God's way
which means giving it away and THEN paying our bills...i love God-math. i've certainly experienced it over and over and over and over again -- that when you tithe and give you are blessed in ways that just don't make sense to the average person. or to me, really. i've often looked at my finances at the end of a month and said "that shouldn't work..." but it DOES. i'm not saying you'll be richer than your wildest imagination or never experience financial hardship...but i AM saying that you'll be taken care of by your heavenly Daddy.
9. let my "yes" be yes
instead of agreeing to things that i don't necessarily WANT to do but feel i should, or feeling like i have to cancel plans because a family thing came up...i'm going to be authentic with my answers. not in a "um, i'd rather do anything BUT that" way, but in a "you know, that's a great invitation, but i already had plans to ___ tonight" or a "not this time, thanks anyway!" way.
it's harder than it sounds. but actually sticking to boundaries and saying only authentic "YES's" will not only allow my calendar to have some relief, but will make the time spent with friends both more plentiful AND more meaningful.
we started this with new year's eve. we had two invitations (two states apart) that were both fantastic...and craved the time spent with both the couples who had invited us. but since Christmas had been (wonderfully) spent with family, and sort of a whirlwind, we elected to spend NYE at our own house with just each other. we don't expect it to be tradition -- but for this year it was the authentic yes and the right choice.
10. continue to live in awe
i've mentioned the small pillow that has now hung at my last three residences at the bottom stair banister. it reads "delight in the unexpected" and it has become a multi-daily reminder that those unexpected gifts and surprises are FUN.
sometimes i think i'm continually in awe of what God is doing in me, through me, and around me. and then i catch myself...because i don't EVER want to NOT live in that awe. He is amazing, unexpected, extravagant and FUN.
that seems like a reasonable list to me...how about you? what are your desires for the year?