Happy New Year!
Am I too late to wish anyone?
It’s already the 9th day of 2017 today. How time flies!
Similar to every year, I always look back and reflect on what I have done and what I failed to achieve.
It’s hard not to be the worst critic of myself. Am I the only one out there who is doing this or anyone else who can relate to this?
Last year, I had two words given to me – ‘Intentional’ and ‘Grace’. I told myself I had to be intentional with my words, actions, and thoughts. And on top of being intentional, I have to give myself grace and give grace to others. (Click here for last year’s new year entry)
2016 felt like a giant boulder rolling onto me and I was grasping for more grace.
Oh boy, let me tell you, this is not easy at all. This homemaker thing – this mothering thing – it is hard. Whoever said it is easy, please sprinkle some of your fairy dust on me.
However, I am utterly thankful I had my husband constantly reminding me that I am in a sowing season. The reaping and harvesting will come in the later years. I just need to be intentional in showing grace and teaching with gentleness faithfully.
So this new year, my word of the year is JOY.
The Lord has led me to this word a few weeks before New Year’s Day and He wants me to find joy in every little thing.
He wants me to choose joy over anger or ungrateful spirit. He wants me to look at the positive part in the midst of adversity.
He wants me to embrace joy in His presence.
Truthfully speaking, it will be easier said than done. I don’t know if I will be able to find joy 24/7 but I will try my best with God’s grace. I will pray that the Holy Spirit will lead me to the right place at the right time. (Maybe I will stick post-it notes all over the house with the word ‘JOY’ to remind me all the time! Does it sound like a good idea?)
Now, I am sure many of you have goals and resolutions and I am one of you guys that does this every year too.
So what are my goals for 2017?
1. To pursue Christ daily
2016 was a year that kicked me in the butt to really pursue Him deeper. I struggled to wake up earlier because of my sleepless nights with Asher. I am thankful for mentors guiding and challenging me to commit to a get up early challenge. On top of that, my desire to read the Bible from cover to cover each year often busted by fall. I kept missing out several books in the Old Testament. And I know I did worse last year. I want to do better this year. I want to keep doing this. I pray that the Lord will stir the hunger (for His word) in me. I know if I fail, I will not condemn myself. This goal is not to make God love me more (His love for me is already unending!) but it is to help me shift my life so that my priorities are in line with God’s.
2. To read 2 non-fiction books and a fiction book
I love reading. I just didn’t have the time since I had the babies. I need to find time and joy in reading again. I totally failed this goal last year but hey oh, I am ready to this. I even have the books selected – Raising grateful kids in an entitled world by Kristen Welch, Without Rival by Lisa Bevere, and Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. These books are now on my nightstand and I just need to read them.
3. To be content and budget-wise
It’s challenging to live on a single income. Since I made the decision to give up my career to be a stay home mom, I should focus on being content with my little ones and learn to live well by spending less. I pray that the Lord will help me not to have a covetous spirit but be grateful for all He has blessed me with. So I have a challenge this year – which is to spend less than last year in the categories of groceries, disposables, toiletries, and dining out. And with Asher’s special diet, it is going to be a wild journey ahead.
4. To live a healthier lifestyle
I have a watch on my wrist that detects how many steps I take each day. On a really good day, I can go all the way to 8,000 steps and on a sad day, it will be a mere 2,000 steps. With this health police on me, my aim is to achieve a minimum of 7,000 steps daily. And of course, what I consume matters too. I actually managed to lose all my baby weight last year with the help of breastfeeding, less sugar and sodium intake, and the intentional diet caused by Asher’s allergies. (I tell you, if you want to lose any weight faster than ever, just avoid dairy. It helps a lot!) And this year, I will continue to stay away from dairy even if Asher chooses to wean from nursing. I like the new slim me (my husband too, of course!) and I will do all I can to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
5. Couple goals
We have two couple goals for 2017 – To pray daily together hand in hand, and to have our monthly date nights (kid-free, of course!). My husband and I are excited with these goals because we mutually wanted these. We yearn for a deeper connection with the Lord together and we know date nights are essential to keep our marriage going strong.
6. Family goals
Can we call them squad goals? Just kidding. Our family wants to reinforce our values this year because Annakate is old enough to understand better now. Some of the values we made in 2015 can be reiterated as we want Christ to be the center of our family. We love our morning scripture reading on the breakfast table and we hope we can stick with it every single day. And of course, we desire for a family fun vacation in the summer – fun-packed because we want to build memories for a lifetime.
And with 8 days passed so far, we are still in a holiday mood. Besides that, the snowstorm hit us on the first Saturday of the year and that made me a very holly jolly lady. JOY, indeed!
I hope you have a very good year ahead and until then, see you later.