Earlier this week, I posted this to Instagram:
I was hesitant to post it, but it was one of those things that came from my heart. I was sitting there, reflecting on 2013, and these were the things that echoed in my head. They kept coming back to me, loud and clear, and even though they’re not goals, per say, I felt compelled to write them down and share them.
And ya’ll liked them. A LOT. In fact, you liked them more than anything I’ve posted ever. It has been a rather surreal past few days, and today the picture got picked up by a celebrity, and it traveled even further. (Honestly, I’m kicking myself for not having the photo watermarked, or not having a copyright statement on there, but I also understand that that’s the blessing and curse of social media. Lesson learned: watermark original content going forward.)
But these are the things that truly are my heart:
- Saying thank you early and often. It’s not one of those things you can overdo, in my opinion.
- Living organized. No more “getting organized” or “staying organized”. Organization is a lifestyle, and it’s one this family is going to embrace. NOW.
- Family adventures. Because adventures are the best way to learn. I have friends that tell me I’m crazy when I say I think about homeschooling sometimes, but then I try to explain that I really just want to do crazy adventure homeschool and live on boats and sail around the world and teach my kids to love to read and explore and find the beauty in all the cultures the world has to offer.
- Celebrating successes earned. A mentor told me the other day, “You don’t deserve it, but you have earned it.” The lesson is to drop the guilt, and accept the fact that you worked your tail off and you have earned the right to smile about that mountaintop moment.
- And basically, say thank you some more. Grace is getting things we don’t deserve. Mercy is being saved from the things we do deserve. All of it is an amazing gift. Say thank you for that daily.
- While you’re smiling, tell other people why they’re awesome. Compliment lavishly.
- Fill your house with crayons and construction paper and glue sticks and ribbon and glitter. Try to make as big a mess as possible with all of this, as soon as your kids are old enough to not eat the glue. This is high on my 2014 priority list.
- Print the pictures, people. I don’t have any recommendations for a photo printing service yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as I do. I’m thinking about getting three copies of everything and then just starting boxes for each of the kids. (Note to self: look for photo printing sale at various online photo printing providers.)
- Make your house a home. I’ve got a lot of news on this coming up. I’ve been working with Holly Mathis for a year now, and she’s really encouraged me to tell my story of our home. It’s a blessed story, for sure, because the honest to goodness truth is that we don’t spend that much on our home. But I’ve really fallen in love with decorating it this year, and Holly thinks the Internet would like to see more. So that’s on my to-do list, too.
That’s all friends. Have a beautiful day and a blessed weekend!