The summer before I met John, I decided to take a few months for me. I had ended a long, up & down relationship midway through the school year and while I had all kinds of crazy fun with my girlfriends (who were staying up at school for the summer months) I figured taking May, June, July, & August to center myself would probably be a good decision. 

It was. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I gave myself structure, I woke up early each morning and went to the gym. I read books for pleasure, went to church, eliminated negativity...

By the time August rolled around, I had never felt better about myself. I knew what I wanted, and I refused to settle for anything less than the expectations I set for myself. My motto was  "Positive in, positive out." and I LIVED by those words! Shortly after, I met John. I was ready for him. 

Why am I bringing all of this up on New Year's Day? 

Well, after I met John and the whirlwind that is our life began, I lost that centered-ness. I stopped putting in POSITIVE & PRODUCTIVE me time. I stopped caring about my health - physically & mentally. 

I like new beginnings, clean slates, and fresh starts. The New Year provides just that. And this year, I am ready to put in some quality time to get myself to center. 

I am going to eat less junk and exercise more. I'm going to purge the junk and clutter that is slowly taking over every space of our home. I am going to organize. I am going to make it so I can spend more QUALITY time with my husband and son, and less time sitting on my computer avoiding all the cleaning/working I should be doing. 

I am going to crack open that dusty bible on my nightstand. I am going to go to church, and I am going to bring Jack with me. 

All of these things? More than these things? They will make me feel better about ME- that will have positive side effects on my ability to be a wife and a mother. 

I won't always succeed in doing what I set out to do, but I want to TRY. This year has so much potential for growth and I am excited to see it all unfold. 

So I declare POSITIVITY to be the word of 2013. Only good can come it!
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Allyson Butler said...

I love this post! Positivity is such a good word - for all of us, and your goals for getting there are so good!

Ashley said...

sounds like a plan to me! :)

Chelsea said...

So motivating! I'm with you here! Happy 2013 :-)

angelica said...

I love fresh starts too! Happy New Year. :)

Allie said...

Amen girl!!! I always feel like IF life would slow down a little, I could get it all done, but really I need to be more organized with my time. PS you just designed my friend, Alison Houpt's new site. Looks great!!! :)

Suze said...

Beautifully put, and great food for fault as this brand new year begins! New follower can't wait to read and follow along as I'm just getting back to blogging myself! Hope you've had a restful great day!

studiomaison said...

great plan! I need a lot of that! so glad I stumbled upon your blog! new follower!

happy new year!



Lauren said...

Love this! I, too, have very similar goals for 2013. Here's to hoping I stick with it! :) Good luck to you, girl!! Amen to this post!

Helene said...

yes, agreed! positivity is so important!

Erika Lee @ A Tiny Rocket said...

It's true.. It's amazing how far a good attitude can take you :)

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I love this post. If we don't nurture ourselves, we don't have much left to give to the world.

Jessa O said...

That is so motivating. We have a similar story when I met my husband. I took time for myself. I just have realized I don't have so much "me" time and need to create that in my life.


Megan B.B. said...

Good plan, dude!
Hope you and your little family had an awesome holiday. :)