Christmas has officially left the building. The lights are down, the stockings have been put away and the floor has been vacuumed (several times) to get rid of any leftover tree needles. Oh, who am I kidding? We'll be finding those things for months! But, other than those sneaky buggers, you'd never know that Christmas was alive and well in my house just a few short days ago. The explosion of baking and smells of pine have taken their leave and you'd be hard pressed to find the colors green and red side-by-side anywhere you look. Aside from some glitter that just won't let go (Really, what is it about that stuff?!) the magic of Christmas has started to fade into the background.
And it's a little bit sad.
Houses actually do seem a little sadder right after Christmas. Sure we have new things to play with or wear or put up in our homes. But they don't compare to the feeling of the season itself. But, it is time to move on. On to the new. The promise of a new year, just around the corner.
The turning of the calendar is scary for some, exciting for others, some of both for most of us. It holds a promise of starting over, maybe getting it right this time. The thought of a clean slate is very appealing, no matter who you are, and January 1st calls to us with its newness and begs us to get going on all the things that we've been waiting to start.
Rachel and I have made a few resolutions this year. If we keep all of them, that's awesome. If we don't, well, let's just say we're keeping with tradition.
Here are Rachel's:
- Eat more real (non-processed) food or at least make healthier choices
- Exercise more
- Drink more water- everyday-not just weekdays
- Find a nice balance of organized and livable (housecleaning)
And here are mine (Jessica's):
- Get back on track with the diet (reach my next weight loss goal)
- More activity—get out of the house and MOVE
- Find a project with Hope (our church) to get involved with
- Continue to grow my relationship with God
As usual, they seem to revolve around getting healthier and living better. We hope to share the next year's journey with you and would love to hear what you want to do in the next 365 days. Seems like a lot until you're standing on January 1, 2015, looking back at it.
Let's make it an amazing year. A year full of hope and love and positive things. We can't always stop the bad from happening. This year will come with trials—like they all do. It will come with hurt and confusion and moments of anger. But there will be moments that make you cry tears of joy or swell with pride. There will be times that you think, "I never thought I could be this happy." Or make you laugh so hard that your 32 year old self actually sputters out the words, "stop, I'm going to pee!" Happened to me last night. My year's already off to a wonderful start. And I hope—truly, truly hope—that yours is, too.