Hello 2017...

Thursday, January 5, 2017

People, where did 2016 go? I seriously feel like this past year was the fastest one by far. There was so much going on and everything just flew. As the year progressed it went by faster. I feel like I blinked and it went from September to December.

Last year I did a new years post and called 2016, the year of Sandy. Well it very quickly turned into the year of the house....

So soon I will share what it looks like today! 

We took our ranch style home and made it a colonial. This process was huge, amazing and crazy stressful. The outcome is everything I wished it to be and more, but boy it took a long time to get here. Here is not finished, but we are finally spread out into more space and I am content with where we are now!

So, is 2017 going to be the year of Sandy? Yes and No. In all the craziness last year, I did find some time to work on myself. I went to counseling (still do) to work on me. I find time most months to get a massage which helps my muscles as well as my mind. I am more in tune to what makes me happy and I say, "no" to things a lot more if I don't enjoy it or I don't have time for it. I am kinder to myself and realize that every day is a new day and a new opportunity. If I made a mistake yesterday, I don't have to make that same mistake today. I am thankful for each new day.

I bought a card at Trader Joe's a few years ago and I have had it hanging on my bulletin board right in front of me now, ever since. I just glanced up at it as I was writing and realized that this is what 2017 is going to be about for me.

This card right next to the people I love the most! 

Live Simply - for me this means, live slower, say no and remove clutter.

Dream Big - I have some big goals for this year. I have a few more posts to get together before I announce this, but I am super excited about what is to come for me. The suspense.... 😀

Be Grateful - this is huge for me this year. All I have wanted in the last 10 years is for everyone to have their own space in our house. Now I have it. Yes, I want to finish it, but I feel like I have everything I want right now. To me, that means I am grateful each day for what we are blessed to have and I also want to give back this year!

Give Love - I want to give love to everyone! I want to be a better mother, wife and friend by showing my love and giving my time.

Laugh Lots - Last year went by in an instant and it was a lot of work for Mike and I. We missed out on a lot of time as a family and this year the goal is to hang out and have fun with the kids. Over Christmas break we played games and had tons of fun with the kids and I am looking forward to doing that on a more regular basis!

That's pretty much it. Of course I have my usual new years resolutions. Get healthier (lose weight, drink more water, exercise), sleep more, take more pictures and a big one this year is to just "be me!" I have to stop trying to change myself into what I feel is the ideal person and just let myself be who I am. I hope to make myself my ideal "me" by the end of 2017 so I am sure you are going to hear more about this!

What are your resolutions this year? Are you taking care of you? It is so important to make the time for self care. If we don't take care of ourselves, who does? It isn't anyone else's job to make you happy, go out and make yourself happy! You got this!

Linking up this post with Shay and Erika...

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