Tag Archive | Happiness

New Year’s Resolution – 2012

Well, another year has come and passed.  2011 was full of adventures, happiness, hurt, family, new opportunities, truth, soul searching, and much more.  But what will 2012 bring?  Honestly, I have no idea, but I’m excited to see what is in store.  Here are some resolutions I made to make this year better than the last.

 

My top 10 11 resolutions are (in no particular order):

1. Eat Healthier.

2. Work out more; get back into shape.

3. Read more – at least 3 books this year. (This may seem like a tiny goal, but being as I didn’t even make it through one this past year, I think this is a great and attainable goal!)

4. Keep improving myself; spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, professionally, as a wife, as a mother, as a friend.

5. Thank God for something EVERY DAY.  Put thankfulness first in my mind and heart.

6. Be a better housekeeper.

7. Make more time for my hobbies: crafting, sewing, photography, blogging…

8. Learn to stop sweating/stressing the small stuff.

9. Be more money-wise and be more aware of our budget on a daily basis.

10. Start doing my daily devotions again.

11. (I almost forgot about this one.) LEARN TO SPEAK SPANISH CONVERSATIONALLY!

 

I really searched deep down into myself to come up with these goals.  Some people may read them and think they are pretty generic, but this IS the direction I want my life to take this year.  Last year I put a lot of faith in people who let me down, and I need my faith to be in God- not man.  I didn’t make enough time for myself and my family; I worked hard and sacrificed too much of myself for my job and that isn’t going to happen this year.  I am going to get the rest I need so I can be the mother, wife and friend I know I am inside.  Also, it is extremely important I make time for my hobbies because these things make me happy and feel accomplished… when I have this sense of inner-happiness and self-accomplishment, I am more confident and esteemed and that makes me easier to be around.  I am not the easiest person to be around when I am stressed and I accept that. 😦  These are my goals to improve my wellness, my self, my family and my spirit.

What are your goals for this new year?  I’d love to hear about them.

Thanks for reading, come back soon. 🙂

– Tiffany

 

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My Life as of Late

Lately my days are full of nap times, feeding times and balancing play time between my kiddos.  🙂  And then some of those days I also have to work.  Lately, I feel busy beyond belief!

Yes, I feel busy and I am busy, but I love it live for it.  I love my family.  I love everything about my family.

My days are filled with stories and songs and other things my kids love.

“Skit. Skat. Skoodle. Doot. Flip. Flop. Flee.  Everybody running to the coconut tree.”

“Days of the week, *clap clap* Days of the week. *clap clap* There’s Sunday then there’s Monday. There’s Tuesday then there’s Wednesday…”

“Are you ready to GO, GO, GO, GO on an adventure? The thing-a-ma-jigger is UP and AWAY…”

It’s funny because I used to occasionally take these times for granted.

The songs. The fun. The innocence of it all.

How precious my kids are when they are enthralled with something they love or learning something new.

How excited they get.

I’ve caught myself taking these times for granted.  God caught me taking these times for granted.  He convicted my heart and showed me how it’s not my time, it’s His time and he wanted me to use it worrying about my kids… not getting caught up with worrying when I was going to get dressed or go grocery shopping or when I’d have the time to read my emails.  No one benefits from that!  When I caught myself doing that, I made the decision to focus on our time together as a family instead of how much time I had to get my things done.  And you know what?  My son is even happier and more full of life because I am sitting with him wanting to participate in his silliness.  I am happier and he is happier. My daughter was relatively unaffected by it but is a happy girl just the same.

Now, it doesn’t matter to me that I didn’t have time to get dressed until my husband got home or that I didn’t have time to check my email… All of that can get done later.  I used to stress out about getting it all done, but I have realized that it WILL get done when it gets done and that’s that!  There’s no rush.  Emails won’t read themselves or magically disappear from my inbox and groceries can be purchased at night.  What’s the rush?  Who cares if I am still in my pajamas at 5pm some days?  My kids don’t!!!  And now I don’t.  🙂

It’s funny how a simple change can just lighten your heart and make you happier.  I already said my son is happier, but so am I!

So, my life as of late is:

pajama parties all day

baking with my son instead of for him

reading books on the bunny chair with the kids

singing songs to each other

looking for ants and caterpillars outside

cartoons and cuddles

dance parties

AMAZING!

Sometimes the simplest things in life are the ones that can warm your heart the most.  🙂  I thought I was doing an okay job balancing the different aspects of my life but God showed me how I could be better and through him I am better, my kids are better.

Have you caught yourself taking something for granted? How did you realize it and how did you change that?  What are fun things you do with your kids?  Tell me what your day looks like.  🙂