Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A new years resolution: Turning my "Wanter" off

It's 2013!

What the crazy?!

New Years is always a great time for our family because Jake and I were married on December 30th and my birthday is January 2nd. So for us, the New Year is always a time for us to celebrate the start of our married life, and more me the start of a new year of life. 

I love the concept of a "word" as a resolution for the upcoming year. 

It's a clear, concise, simple way to improve.

I've been trying to come up with a single word that I want to use for my resolution  but all that keeps coming to my mind is a phrase. 

"Turning my wanter off."

Let me explain.

We have been SO blessed this past year. 

We bought our first house, found out we are having another baby boy, Jake's job is doing really well, we've been healthy, safe, and in general just plain happy. 

And yet, since we've been in our new home, I keep wanting more and more, and I am failing to count my blessings. 

And to be honest, I'm kind of disgusted with myself. 

The night before the Newton shooting, I was obsessing over the paint job on the baseboards. And I honestly (and sadly) lost sleep worrying about it. 

And then the next day, with the shooting, I couldn't believe that my biggest worry had been about baseboards. 

I mean really. 

So my resolution for 2013 is to turn my "wanter" off and to enjoy all the good that I already have in my life. 

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I don't want to keep wishing for the kitchen table of my dreams.

I want to sit at our table and work on alphabet sheets with Rhett and scream our letters at the top of our lungs.

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I want to remember that most of my "problems" are silly compared to what others go through on a daily bases, and that I need to do more to reach out. 

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I've bought a little moleskin to act as a gratitude journal to write 3 blessings a night in. 

It's a simple thing, but I'm so excited to fill it and look back through what I've written each night. And I'm hoping it will help me focus on the blessings I have and not what I "lack".

2013, you are going to be a good year. :) 

What are your resolutions/word for the year?

Feel free to link up your posts on 2013 below!

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20 comments:

  1. I love your "word" and the quotes you chose. Those are some of my favorites - that I have to constantly remind myself of! It's crazy how difficult it is for humans to be content with what we have! Best wishes for a content new year and by the way...Happy Birthday!! :)
    Allison

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  2. Yes Julia! That is the ticket! I am with you 100% on your word and desire for the new year. You hot the nail on the head. Thanks for the reminder. Be content in all things. Thanks girlfriend! And thanks for hosting this PARTY! I will be back with my post in a day or so! Gotta write it!
    Stacey

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  3. I absolutely agree with you! New years is great for us as well. January 1st is my husbands birthday, and January 2nd I gave birth to my son! He just turned a year old today! :) So you both share the same birthday, by the way, happy birthday. :)

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  4. Amen Julia! I've had this on my mind a lot recently too! I was obsessing for a couple weeks over what dining table, sofa, carpet, etc I wanted for the house. It was ridiculous. Instead of getting a big headway on some debt like car and student loans, i was thinking about filling my house with furniture that quite frankly DOESN'T MATTER! So I guess I will just have an empty front room for a while longer and that's ok. Janen like to run around in there anyway. :)

    Happy Birthday!!

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  5. Love this! Thanks for the reminder! I need to do the same. :) Hope you had a great birthday!! You look amazing!!!

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  6. Smart woman... Turning your wanter off will be an example to your kids.

    Bliss

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  7. Well said Julia. I constantly need to remind myself of this!! The nightly journaling is a great idea!

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  8. Very thought provoking! I loved some of those quotes (new to me!)!!

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