It's April! Spring weather is right around the corner, and we are officially 1/4 of the way through this year. Hardly seems possible.
I had some really big things on my heart this year with a lot of goals I am so excited to be working on. With the first three months behind us, I'm taking some time to check in with myself. One of my biggest goals was (finally!) starting this blog. I am so thankful that I did. I am having the best time, and I am so humbled and grateful for the tremendous amount of support I have received. Thank you so, so much.
You may remember reading about my experience at the Making Things Happen Intensive, where I finally had my breakthrough about my paralyzing perfectionism ways. That seems so long ago, and I am so proud of the work I am doing to embrace progress, not perfection. One of the other things I am enjoying a little more these days is the journey. Growing good things takes time and all of the intentional tending adds up to remarkable things. Lara Casey explains so beautifully that the magic often happens in the dirt; when things feel hard and sometimes messy. But like anything, the only way to the other side is through it. This mentality for me in both the big things and the little things has been the best.
Making our new home really feel like a home is another priority for me this year. I am so happy I am able to be so content with all of the (ridiculous amounts of!) painting we've done, intentional purchases we've made, and all of the memories we've already made here in four short months. Celebrating that and being ok that I still hate all of the light fixtures and the stairway paint color, and knowing all of the other projects will happen with time is such progress for me.
Another goal for me was to meal plan every week (a previously very dreaded task!) and to make at least two new dinners a month. I am so proud to say we have stuck with it so far. I'm actually really enjoying it and we have yet to have anything new we didn't all love. Yay!
Giving myself more time and care is another big priority. This is a really hard one for me. I still need to work on a better morning routine (waking up early is sooo hard for me!) to help me maximize my day and have more time with myself. I have been successful at having quiet time in the evening to center myself, recite my gratitude for the day, and get myself organized for the next, which has been great. I am working on working out; not as much as I would like, but it's in progress :) And I just got back from a solo trip to see one of my best friends in Colorado which was a nice refresh for me, and also so fun for Chris and Olivia to have some extended, quality alone time.
Have I mentioned lately how in love with those two I am? They are just beyond in every way and there isn't one day that passes that I don't know I am so blessed to have them. The other day I was working on a post and my sweet Olivia looked at me and said, "you do such a really good job, mama." I almost died. Her sweetness is another level. She is so smart and curious and so funny. She loves helping, and she just lights me up in a way I never knew possible. She's the best. And Chris, well, he is my biggest cheerleader and the most hilarious and loving confidant. He is so selfless and such an amazing dad to our girl. Goodness, I am thankful to be partners with that magnificent man.
I have many other goals for the year and I am so excited to see how all of the daily progress adds up over the rest of the year and beyond. I am so grateful to be on this journey with all of you. I can't wait to check-in in June! xo