I honestly wasn’t sure I was going to be here. Actually, I wasn’t sure I was going to be here last week.
A couple of times over the last few months, I’ve thought about taking a break from blogging.
Between the baby and the rest of our lives, we don’t have a lot of time for projects or home improvements, so I don’t feel like I have as much material to write about.
As well, sometimes blogging has felt like a luxury among all of the other ways I could be spending my time.
But obviously writing is important to me.
I love writing for the same reason that I love home improvements–they’re both creative outlets for me. While home improvement is a way for me to turn off my brain and not think for a little while, writing is a way for me to think more deeply, work through things and process parts of my life.
And these days, my brain feels very full.
So I’m here. And as I did last year, I’m going to start the year with a word to help guide me through 2019.
This year, my word is “slow.”
Since having Ellie, I’ve found that I’m often rushing. With a baby, I have a narrow window of naptime, or “she’s-content-playing-by-herself-but-this-won’t-last,” or “we-have-to-eat-dinner- bath-and-go-to-bed-before-she-gets-overtired.” So whatever I’m doing, I try to do it as fast as possible. I’d like to slow down and focus on what I’m doing.
As well, I want to remember that I don’t always have to be doing. Sure there are always things to do. But sometimes reading my book or sitting down with Matt and Ellie and Baxter is the thing I should do.
Life is short. Usually shorter than we want. Occasionally shorter than we can ever conceive. We have to do our absolute best to live a life that we are satisfied with. I want to feel good about what I do, who I am with and how I spend my time. And the word “spend” is important. Time is valuable. Time is precious.
This year I will be slow and savour my time.
A perfect word of the year.
Thank you, Sarah. Did you pick a word for yourself this year?
I haven’t and I usually do. I actually have written out some resolutions which I usually don’t do. I do think that I still need to narrow down a word of the year.
As a mom who’s kids are grown. Slow is the best word possible when you have little ones, that and “Cherish.” Kids don’t remember if their rooms were clean but they do remember those special times reading books with mom and dad etc.
Thank you. This makes me nostalgic as I think about looking back some day.
As I find myself in the same boat with a new little baby, this is a great word for my year, too! Thanks for sharing it.
Happy to share, Laura. Enjoy your time with your babe.
I think you chose the perfect word. Savour all the little moments as you go along, as they are where joy and happiness live. ❤
Thank you for your kind comment. Our life is full of joy and happiness, and it’s good to be reminded to focus on that.