I love a new year. Everything seems fresh and possible, clean and new. For the past 7 or 8 years I have been making resolutions--and sticking to them. It's a great way to measure progress and watch myself grow closer to being the person I'd like to be. I don't take the process of choosing my resolutions lightly, though. I usually start thinking about them some time in the summer. Because I don't hate myself, I am careful to choose resolutions that are actually attainable. They are about following a direction of improvement--not losing weight, quitting a certain vice, or keeping a daily exercise routine. Those things are too easy to call failure, and I fail at enough stuff in life without inventing new ways for myself.
So here they are:
1. Have a heart of hospitality. The word hospitality has been on my mind for almost a year. I am excited to find out what this word really means. I am collecting quotes, verses, and sayings that reflect hospitality, and how it can be reflected in daily life. I want to remember to be hospitable to my family, not just company. I want to welcome others to my home, even if it is not company-ready at the moment. (I have been practicing this one with my extended family members in anticipation of this new year's resolution. Um, it is not easy to welcome even loved ones in when all three couches are covered in laundry.) In all honesty, I'd love to figure out how to make my home company-ready more often. I'm not sure what that looks like with four kids and all the toys and laundry that come with them, but I am willing to find out.
The thing I really love about this resolution is that I can incorporate last year's goals into this one. Making our house a home. Getting comfortable in the Kitchen. Doing Something Small. All of these can be worked into having a heart of hospitality. I am excited to see where this one takes me.
2. Be more human. My fellow moms will understand this one. While hospitality is about welcoming in, this goal is about going out. I hope to show up at church, spend time with friends, and just get out into the sunshine more often. This will not take much to show improvement. In the last four months I have made it to church exactly 3 Sunday mornings. I am a pastor's wife! Having baby number four has pulled the rug out from under me like never before, but I am ready to try standing again. You know, take a shower, fix my hair, wear shoes to walmart instead of slippers. It's the little things that make us human. And I'd like to be one this year. (It's funny how this resolution is making me the most nervous of all three!)
3. Preserve family memories. I have come to the realization, way too late in my mothering career, that I don't like to scrapbook. This may seem funny to those who know me well, since I actually owned a scrapbook supply shop at one point in my life. But since becoming a mother, I have not completed a single scrapbook. I haven't even attempted one since Ethan was born. He is 7, y'all. This year I am throwing in the towel on scrapbooks and taking control of my family's memories my way. I am going digital. I have found a company that I like, and I am going to systematically have our photos, stories, and quotes bound into professionally printed books. I'd love to say that I can have 10 years worth done this year, but let's be real. I'm hoping for one.
In addition to making ONE family year book, I have to try to recover my lost Walgreens account from before we moved back to Texas (over four years ago!). There are photos in there that we lost when my laptop crashed. I also want to print my favorites from each year to keep in a photo box for each of my children. And as if that wasn't enough, I'd also like to figure out how to take better pictures with my camera. And maybe get the next lens on my list? It all kind of works together.
Well there they are...out there for all the world to see. Yikes.
Do you make resolutions? Do you keep them? Do you hate resolutions and want to tell me why? I'd love to hear your thoughts. I'll be hanging out in the comments if you want to chat!
Here's to a year full of hospitality, humanity, and memory-making!