Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!, 1.1.15

It's a new year! I kind of hate to see 2014 go, as it was such a great one. As  a way to reflect on it,  I thought it would be fun to share this. Here are a few of my reflections:

Day this past year that I would live over and over - There were so many good days this year- Eddie and Falicia getting engaged, a weekend trip with all of my kids, a day at the zoo with all of my kids and my mom...but if I had to pick just one day, it would be June 18th- the day we met our newest family member, Gray Jameson (aka, Baby G.) Love his name and love that boy!

Best conversation I had this year- A conversation that I had with Little Man while we smoked cigars on the patio over the summer. I won't give details, but I'll never forget it.

Most memorable moment in pop culture- Easy. The day Robin Williams died.

Biggest lesson learned this year- To say much LESS (and be very choosy about who I say things to) and to listen MORE. 

Favorite song this year- Well, seeing Bob Seger in concert was a highlight of my year, so ALL of his songs are always at the top of my list. But, if I had to pick a new song it would be Sara Bareilles- I Choose You. Listen here.

Biggest piece of advice I got this year - Well, I didn't get it this year, but I'm continually working on this one- "LIVE IN THE MOMENT". (Wise words given to me by my sixteen year old boy, in November 2011.)

A late birthday/Christmas gift to myself this year.

Now, looking ahead. To 2015. I'll be continuing to pare things down to the basics. This means that, yes, I'll continue to focus on the reduction of "stuff" in my life.  But not just physical "stuff". The mental and emotional "stuff", the "stuff" that bogs me (and I'm sure most of us) down is just as important to get rid of as the physical "stuff". Either way, I've learned over the years that it's a constant give and take to let stuff in and then weed stuff out.  As part of this process, keeping priorities in mind is always the first step for me. Here they are:

First place- Family, always. And I include myself in this category. Taking care of myself is just as important as anything else. If I'm not healthy and happy, then, what's the point, really? And how will I be of value to anyone or anything?

Second place- My day job, teaching. It is what I was meant to do. It took me a while to figure that out, but the timing was perfect. I see teaching as an extension of being a mother. I really do.

Third place- This space and all things creatively related to it. Just as I see teaching as being an extension of being of mother, I see this space as being an extension of teaching.

Hopefully, upon retirement (in ten years!), this space will be a solid second. So, in order for that to happen, I'll be continually plugging away at it, hoping that, along the way, someone out there in blog land will find it useful, enlightening, motivational, etc. And if not, that's okay. It will still be a place for me to document what I've been doing, what I've been making and and what I've been thinking and that's a great way for me to continually re-assess where I've been and where I'm going. (I highly recommend it, by the way!)

I've also come up with a word for 2015.  My word is LEGACY. (Gosh, I hope I didn't pick that word last year! haha! Oh, well. If so, my word is still "legacy"!) Since I'll be turning the big 5-0 at the end of 2015, I thought it was a fitting word for the year. A reminder for me to always consider what I'm going to leave behind.

Happy 2015!! Have a great New Year's Day!   Juli

1 comment:

  1. I love this post. I was blogging this morning too (not as early as you! ha!) and almost did a 2015 thing, but stuck with going in chrono. order of the Magnolia State of Mind trip posts I am doing. After reading yours, I want to say you do inspire! You really do. My goal (thanks to your inspiration) was to blog more in 2014. In 2014 I did 39 blog posts compared to my 21 in 2013. I hope to continue the trend and increase my readership while sharing my love of photography, creativity, our lands, travel, life... etc. :-) Thank you for your inspiration!