I don’t share this type of post as much on here anymore as it seems to hearken back more to the blogs of the past (circa 2010) than the current purpose of this blog. BUT I find that I do enjoy reading other people’s highlights, reflections and goals for the new year so I decided that I would go ahead and share here on the blog as well as on my personal Facebook.
As I look back at this past year, a couple big highlights stand out. I think without a doubt my favorite memory from the year was mine and Pablo’s two-night getaway in Dallas to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We had the BEST, most relaxing time together and I’m so appreciative of both my mom and my sister Esther for helping with the kids during that time.
Another highlight was a quick vacation to Galveston that we took in September. It was kind of our last hurrah before I started feeling really yucky from being pregnant, so I’m really thankful for how the timing worked out. Esther went with us too which made it extra fun (and so much easier having another adult!)
My Grandma Neds passed away in February and I was able to make the trip to Ohio for her funeral – my first time traveling without kids in quite some time. I’m SO grateful that I was able to be there for her funeral – it was a sad but also very special time if that makes any sense – and I’m thankful for Pablo working everything out for me to go and for his mom who jumped on a flight from Mexico to lend him a hand while I was gone!
In November my sister Rachel got married so of course that was a big highlight of 2022. We are so happy and excited that Hugo is officially part of our family now – he is a great guy!
The last highlight that pops into my mind is an anonymous gift for our family that showed up in my Paypal account back in December with a short, kind message from some anonymous person/family. It was completely unexpected and I immediately got emotional because it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Obviously the anonymous gift was a huge blessing, but even more than that it just was a powerful reminder to me that our God is “the God who sees” like Hagar says in Genesis. It was just really cool.
Anyway, I’m sure we had a lot more things happen that I could highlight from 2022 but this is getting long haha. I’m excited to see what 2023 holds for our family – especially getting to meet our new baby in April/May!
Now, moving on to goals for this new year! I’ve taken multiple approaches with goals in the past. (For instance, see my 2019 goals here.) This year, I’m trying to keep things simple and just really focus on the main things. For me this year that includes two major things: exercise and Bible reading.
Both are pretty basic but both are things that I neglect more often than I’d care to admit.
For my Bible reading this year I’m reading through the New Testament, one chapter a day, five days a week. This is the plan I’m using and I’m doing it along with a group of other girls on Facebook, which should hopefully help to keep me accountable!
For exercise, my goal for now is to walk on my treadmill for at least 15 minutes, five days a week. It doesn’t sound like much, but this pregnant lady needs to start small ha! I hope to slowly up my time on the treadmill as I’m able to, but for now the main goal is consistency.
I also typically like to make a reading goal each year. This year I’m aiming to read 25 books (read or listened to) that are not fluff books, though I may read a few of those too.
I’m also mulling over some other goals that are related specifically to my kids, but I want to make sure they’re actionable and not just a vague statement of “be a better mom”. I realize I’m a bit late in finalizing these goals, but it’s not like there’s really a deadline, right?
As far as this blog/website goes, I have lots of goals for it but the main one that matters enough to share here is consistency. While I won’t bore you with specifics, I plan to write and post more often and work harder in this little spot of mine here on the internet. Thank YOU for sticking around for the journey!
Happy New Year!