I hate to sound so cliché, but can you believe how fast this year has flown?
I still remember writing this post about taking a break between Christmas 2015 and Jan 31st, 2016 which resulted in some serious reflection about how I wanted this past year to go. My goal for 2016 was to make it a more mindful one. Specifically, I didn’t want another year to fly by without being able to recollect anything meaningful I had done. In the past, I had consumed myself with work, deadlines and ‘have to dos’ that I rarely took the time to really pause and think about a specific moment that meant something to me. I had decided to adopt basic and simple approaches to various areas of my life and ‘cutting out the fat’ that did nothing but suck up my time and added absolutely no value. I made a conscious effort to document my days, not just with tasks, appointments and cleaning schedules, but to take time either throughout the day or before bed time to reflect on anything that had happened of note and record it either in my planner or journal.
As I sit here writing this, I have in front of me a full set of my completely filled 2016 planner inserts, journal and notebook I had used throughout the year. After perusing through them all, a smile spread across my face as things I would’ve most like had forgotten at this point were quickly brought back to mind. Some good, some not so good – but that’s okay. Life is a mixed bag. Even looking back on frustrating and stressful moments, I’ve learned to find the hidden gems within, the test of my ability to muddle through and handle them. It showed me how much more I’m made of.
Okay, enough babble. Here are some highlights of The Weekend Wife’s 2016! (warning – LOTS of links and photos ahead!)
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On April 8th I took an online break of sorts. I had a lot of household, personal and family stuff going on and needed to stop, re-assess and get my priorities in order. Though I was still casually perusing and commenting as I felt so inclined, I had refrained from posting photos to IG and articles on my blog as well as tapped down on how much time I was spending on YouTube. My viewing history there was proof of why growth in other areas of my life had stunted and boxed me into a corner.
What was happening on the home-front made me realize even more just how precious and short time really is. That every moment counts. I needed to capture these moments as they happened, expand my pursuits, tighten my boundaries and make use of those back-burners. I had to realize that ‘tomorrow is another day’ for what wasn’t truly important and reserve ‘today’ for what truly was.
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I began writing this post on 3/14/16 – a full week prior to the official first day of spring. Though I’m certainly not complaining, where the heck did winter go?? But being in the nor’east means I’m not immune to Mother Nature’s cruel personality disorder as March 21st isn’t technically the end of the ‘white stuff’. I remember my mom bundling me up and dragging me to my sister’s house after my oldest nephew was born mid-April during a snowstorm back in the 70’s.
I may not be ready to break out the planters, landscape fencing, mulch and picnic table umbrella, but after finally taking down the Christmas lights yesterday ( before we became the scourge of the neighborhood) and finally getting over a chest cold that had lingered since early February, I’m ready (and so are my hostas below!) to begin prepping my home and yard (and me!) for outdoor weather.
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