Looking forward to 2015

We are a week into 2015.  There is something about a new year that seems fresh and hopeful.  Well, most new years.  My husband and I welcomed 2014 in with a stomach bug.  That didn’t seem very hopeful.  But, this year, I have had no tummy bug and am feeling ready for a new year.

I have seen enough new years to know that a new number doesn’t necessarily mean anything.  In fact, Jan. 1, 2015, was quite similar to Dec. 31, 2014.  I still had children to feed and diapers to change.  I still got hungry and ate food.  I still reminded myself to be patient.  I still needed sleep.  It wasn’t a magical transformation.  I didn’t immediately lose 10 pounds or suddenly become fit.  I was still me. And that’s OK.

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I do, however, have hopes for this year.  I’ve never been huge on resolutions, but I am big on planning.  And I do have some hopes.  My husband has deemed 2015 as the Year of Reduction.  While I’d like to reduce my waistline, what he’s thinking is more of a purging of extra stuff cluttering our house.  He’s thinking of getting rid of things and organizing things.  I am with him in those hopes and thoughts.  We’ve made a good start already in purging toys and clothes from the kids’ rooms. We have a ways to go, but we’re getting there.

My other goal is to find a better organization strategy.  I love being mentally organized. I get stressed out when I’m not.  I’m the kind of person who thrives on schedules and lists.  I have lists for everything.  I got used to doing most of my planning on my computer before the kids were born and I was working full-time.  These days I don’t spend as much time on my computer and even my phone has limits.  I have tried to put an item on my to-do list, for example, and by the time the list loaded on my phone my kids needed something and I had to put it down.  I’ve been using a plain notebook that has worked pretty well, but in 2015, I decided to go back to an old school planner.  So far it’s working out quite well.  Even better, I’ve been able to make notes on months way in the future.  I’ve already made notes about baking things for next Christmas, for example.  I have some recipes that made more than I anticipated, so I marked that in December 2015 notes so I will know next year that one batch of certain treats will be ample.

In looking ahead at the new year, some big things are happening for our family starting in a couple of weeks when my baby boy turns 2.  He’s pretty much been in the toddler phase for a while now, but he was still 1, which is still in baby territory.  Being 2 places him more solidly in toddlerhood, and that is very bittersweet for me.  I’m excited about all the new things to come and getting to know him even more as he continues talking more and more, but I’m also a tad sad the baby days are behind us.

In these same next few weeks we’re also working on figuring out the right school for our daughter who will start kindergarten in the fall.  I’m not quite sure how that’s even possible since I feel like I just gave birth to her a month ago.  She will transform from a preschooler into a school-aged child.  Ack!  Just typing that sentence made tears spring into my eyes.

And those are just the things I know that are coming this year.  There will be so much more as there is every year.  I can’t predict much of it.  I can’t plan for all of it.  I have hopes for the year of things like decluttering, organizing and being healthy.  But I have no guarantees.  I’m looking forward to seeing what 2015 brings.  Maybe it will be better than 2014.  I hope that it isn’t worse.

What are you looking forward to in 2015?

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