Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 Year in Review

At the beginning of the year, I decided that my "word" for 2014 was live. You can check that post out here at 2014--My Word of the Year. If you're wondering, I know most of you aren't, how my year of living turned out read on. Part of the following post was my game plan for 2014 the bold sentences that follow each goal tell how things turned out.

In January 2014, this is how I described my life... Um, boring. It's more like the antonyms, deactive, ineffective, asleep, stagnant, unproductive. But what can I do in 2014 to make live look like it's true meaning?


Sundays--
God, Family, Friends, FUN--No Internet, no phone except in case of emergency and I will decide whether your emergency is my emergency too. Most Sundays I did pretty well with no Internet. Although, I did edit and post pictures to Facebook instead of napping on many of those Sundays. 

Everyday--
Hubby and Kids and family first after God. They are my life. More time with them. I often put other people's needs or things I think need to be done before my family. I'm not apologizing for telling people no. Look people in the eye when I talk to them, especially my kids, in the same room, not from across the house. I even miss out on family time with parents, siblings and our niece and nephews because I'm busy doing something someone else thinks I should have or make time for.
I'm not saying I won't do things to help people. But I will pray and seek God's will and take into consideration my families thoughts and needs before I commit. I did much better with the kids. Mikie is still working on the remodel and I didn't do so great in the time with Mikie goal. the remodel is almost finished and this is still one of my goals for 2015, strengthing our marriage. 

Let Go--
I made my own planner/journal in December. I know God was preparing me to live as I worked on it. It has a calendar for each month, but no hourly schedule. It's more of a journal to record what we do each day after it's done. I want to remember these times, but I'm not going to be tied to a schedule, or to journaling everyday. Live in the moment. Even behind my camera I can live and the kids and I can record our year of memories in our Project Life Book. Well, no Project Life Book even started in 2014. I do have a cart full of photos ready to print, most from my phone. One for each day of the year to go in the journal.

Simplify--
Schedules, basketball ends next week. Other than Mattie running track and field sports are done until next basketball season. The kids are pretty athletic, but our lives aren't going to be run by sports. We hope to move this summer. A big yard sale will follow. Mikie spends every day off remodeling, the kids and I fill our off days with things that don't always help our family or fit into our family mission statement. Still working on this one and that's all I'll say about that. 

Social Media--
None on Sunday and limited time the rest of the week. I have some sponsored posts for the blog coming up. Time spent on social media needs to honor God and help my blog, not my nose problem. I do this one pretty well during the school year, not so well during breaks. 

Health--
I can't live if I'm not alive. Healthier eating, more exercise, less crap, less stress. In the words of Dave Ramsey, "Live like no one else, so that later you can live like no one else." I know he is talking about budgeting, which we already do, but it applies to my whole life. This is a goal every year. 

So in 2014, I will live, live for God, live for now, love for the future, live for my family, friends and fun. Live like there's no tomorrow. Live with no regrets. I did all of those things in 2014 plus so much more. 

What's your word?

Disclaimer: I didn't take time from my family to post this. I'm enjoying a second sick day this week, thanks to strep and a fever. So other than sleep, no one was neglected.

Look for my year in review in pictures and my 2015 goals coming soon.

Saying goodbye to the old and looking forward to the new!