2015 new year decisions

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Like a lot of people, I’ve never really considered myself a new years resolution kind of person. Yeah, as a year comes to a close I think of things that I’d maybe like a fresh start on, or things I would like to change or work on, but no specific resolutions have ever come into existence from those thoughts.

Last year, though, I mixed it up a bit.

Shortly after the new year had already begun, I started coming up with some ideas of things I’d like to work on in 2014, and for once I actually wrote them down. Here’s what I came up with:

  1. Peaks, Pits, Praises & Prayers at least weekly (I saw this when I first got a Pinterest and love the idea of tracking what God is doing in our lives. I wanted to start making a habit of it).
  2. Take steps towards getting fit & being healthy.
  3. Less imagining, more doing (& stop making excuses).
  4. Read more.

All but the first were very general and simple, without much structure – exactly how a goal you want to achieve shouldn’t be. But for me, it kind of worked. Keeping it general and simple allowed me to not feel like a failure if I didn’t achieve each one to a T. I’ll be honest it does sound like it was kind of a cop out, but at the same time, it was the perfect kind of balance for me and my constant battle to push aside my perfectionist tendencies. In fact, the only goal I made that was actually specific (Peaks, Pits, Praises & Prayers) was the one that I didn’t accomplish in any way, shape or form. The rest of them I was able to make strides in throughout the year, and I feel like I made them habits rather than boxes to check.

Keeping general resolutions allowed them to become more inspirations or themes for my year. It worked for me. By not having a specific measure I didn’t feel like if I fell behind on a goal that all was lost. If I took a couple steps back, I just got back up and started at it again. I looked up what the word “resolution” actually means. Turns out there are a lot of ways to define it, but the one that I liked was “a decision or determination.” That is exactly how I want to view my new year resolutions. Less pressure, but still inspiring – at least for me.

So with all of that said, here are my 2015 decisions/determinations:

1. Reach my goal weight

The past two years have been a period of some weight gain for me, & I’ve learned that regardless of how often, or how little, you’ve struggled with unwanted weight gain in your life, it’s never an easy thing to deal with. That’s one of the reasons I decided on the goal last year to get healthier. This year, I’m just rewording it and making it a little more measurable.

2. Pare down my wardrobe (even more)

2014 was the year that opened my eyes to the world of minimalism and how it can be applied to my daily life. While in California I did a total wardrobe overhaul and removed a lot of pieces from it in order to start living with less. Since moving to Minot I’ve slowly been taking out even more. I still feel like I have far more clothes than I need, so this next year I’d like to keep parting ways with the clothes (& other household goods) that are only taking up space in my closet and drawers, and finding more ways to implement minimalism into my life to make more room for the things in life that matter.

3. Drink more water

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Everyone knows that water is good for you, but when I read this article I was all the more inspired to drink the suggested daily intake of 2-3 liters. Granted following through with this decision makes me have to use the bathroom at least 30 times a day (that might be an understatement), but if it means I’m staying hydrated and healthy then so be it!

4. Read through Systematic Theology

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Last year I joined a group of women in our church to read through Systematic Theology, by Wayne Grudem, in an attempt to become more familiar with the basis for a lot of what we believe. Unfortunately for me, I had to leave this group of women when we left Carbondale, and then I lost the momentum to continue on my own. However, with the new year I would really like to get plugged back into the pages and start over in order to understand more, and also be able to explain better what it is that the Bible says. I would love to be able to finish this book within this year, but I’ll just be realistic about the 1167 Pages and hope for the best.

So overall, these are a bit more specific than last year, but I think I’ve still allowed myself some wiggle room. & more than anything, I just want to keep learning to show myself grace if (& when) I’m not kicking every one of these goals butts. I’m usually a shorter term to-do list kind of person when it comes to actually getting things done, so there are still plenty of things I desire to accomplish with my time, but these are the bigger picture ideas. Plus, I’d still like to maintain the habits and values I incorporated into my life last year too.

So bring it on 2015! I’m ready to take you on a little more motivated, and a little more focused than the year before.

How do you do New Year resolutions?

catching up // vol. 4

Happy New Year Pruim Life readers! I’ve decided that I need to stop apologizing for the gaps in between my posts, simply because I feel like I do it too often. Every time I get amped up to start posting on a more regular basis, something (or things) comes up and I get preoccupied with living life. But I figure I’m not some hot shot blogger or anything with thousands of followers that is expected to post daily so I don’t have to put the pressure on myself to do so. Granted, I would love to post more often for you folks. I have a lot on my mind to post. I have a lot that I have already planned to post. I even have some posts already written out, but there are just other things I want to touch on first. So this will be the last time that I apologize for leaving you all hanging. Some times I will be able to post consistently, but there are other times that I simply want to be present in my daily life. That’s something I think everyone could do a little more often. So why don’t I catch you up to speed on what’s been keeping me so busy lately.

Catching Up // Vol. 6

1 // With the end of our year being consumed by our trip home to Illinois, we celebrated our own family Christmas on Christmas Eve. We went to a Christmas Eve service at the church we’ve been attending, came home & exchanged presents, and made puppy chow. It was simple, yet perfect.

2 // We ended up driving 15 hours on Christmas day to make it to Chicagoland a day early, & as long as it was, it was so very worth it. Most of our days were jam packed with friends & family, as well as multiple family Christmases. Most days we were exhausted when we woke up (I don’t think I’ve ever had more coffee in such a short span of time in my life), but I think I can speak for both of us when I say that every late night, every early morning, every busy day, every back to back plan we made, was so, so worth it.

3 // With this being Boone’s first trip to our motherland, he met so many people & so many pups. The most eventful day for him was Christmas with my family where he met my parent’s dog, and my brother’s two pups. They were entertaining to say the least. For the most part, he handled the stress of so much newness pretty well. We’re just thankful to have been able to bring him along.

4 // After Adam headed back to Minot on New Years Eve, my time at home slowly wound down. My days got a little less busier, but I still fit in quality time with quality people, including a fantastic weekend trip down to our old home in Southern Illinois. One of the people that I spent a lot of time with is this gal, my cousin Jordi. She’s been my best friend pretty much since the day I was born (we have pictures to prove it) and our nonsensical tendencies haven’t changed a bit. She and her husband were both in the Army for a number of years, meaning they were anywhere but near me. And the same summer that Adam and I started our adventures across the country for the Air Force was the summer that she and Aaron completed their time with the Army and moved back home. My slight bitterness at the hilarity of the timing was completely made up for as we spent many nights staying up late, chatting about all-the-things in life, and many days just relaxing at her house.

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5 // Speaking of days spent at Jordi’s, I also got to spend the longest stretch of time I ever have with this hilarious boy. For the first time ever I think we finally got Lukas to a point that he remembered who I was and would greet me at the door by saying “Aunt Kelly, come chase me.” I have countless videos of this kid saying & doing the greatest of things that are going to help any bit of homesickness that potentially could occur in the months to come.

6 // One of the days that I was home, Jordi, Lukas, and I hung out with my mom and looked through plenty of old pictures while sharing countless memories and stories of “the good ol’ days.” The pictures truly were priceless. The gem above here is a shot of my brother and I doing who knows what. I like to think we were on top of the thought of “what does the fox say” far before it went viral a couple years ago. Regardless, I think we were just adorable.

7 // Speaking of blasts from the past, we are now the proud owners of a new-to-us N64. Guys, this is the best video game system of all time. & thanks to Jordi & Aaron, we now have one in our possession – along with all of the best games ever (what up Mario Kart!). It’s given us the chance to be able to do something else alongside of each other. For awhile the Playstation was taking up a bit of Adam’s free time, but now we have something that we are both interested in. It’s been a blast working together to collect stars on Mario & now puzzle pieces on Banjo Kazooie. We’ve been able to cheer each other on, work together, get competitive, and sit side by side pushed up close to the TV.

8 // Since arriving home, my time has been full of soaking up every second with my boys, settling back into a normal (even though I don’t even really have an established normal yet), & continuing to set up house. Having a home that is still in need of much decorating, I was much more attentive to details of people’s houses on our trip. I gained a lot of inspiration for ways that I wanted to set up some of our spaces. I’m incredibly content with our kitchen at this point, and now our living room is coming along too. We now have a new-to-us living room set thanks to a garage sale facebook page, a new rug, and new curtains that need to still be hung. It feels so much homier and I am loving every second of the process.

So long story short, our time at home was full. It was busy & chaotic at times. But it also left us feeling full. It was a perfect way to end 2014, and start off 2015. After two weeks of visiting in Illinois, I was ready to come home to Minot. Adam & I spent the majority of our almost 5 year relationship long distance before we were married, and any bit of time that we have had to briefly return to being away from each other is just a reminder that I am so thankful that those days are behind us. We were apart for a week, but let me tell you: I missed my hubby. I don’t care how mushy or pathetic that may sound, but I’ve grown quite fond of living life alongside him and I’m sad when we have to go so many days apart (I know, I know, it was just a week. My former long-distance relationshiped self would be shaking my head & saying that’s nothing. But no matter the time frame, being away from someone you love can always be a challenge). I definitely had the most wonderful time at home, but I could not wait to be reunited with Adam and our pup. It makes me intentionally decide to take advantage of every day we have together. That’s the biggest reason you haven’t heard from me sooner. Because I’ve been soaking up every second with my little family. Nothing like some distance to make your heart grow fonder.

So, it’s good to be back.

How has 2015 been treating you all so far?