Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015

Hey, friends! Happy 2015!!!

On January 1 of last year I shared some "words of wisdom" I was planning on living by in 2014.  I printed them out and stuck them on my mirror, bulletin board and in my Bible.

This year, when I was thinking of my "theme" for the year some sage words from my favorite ice queen kept popping into my heart and so I ran with it :)


If I'm being totally honest, I'm a dweller.
Big time.

I've been this way since I was little - I don't have a hard time making decisions - but after I make them I tend to dwell on it.  Big things, little things.  I dwell.  I can't tell you how many times my mom has said the words, "make your decision and LIVE IT" to me.  

It's not just in decision making, but in other circumstances as well.
Someone says something about me that I know isn't true or hurts my feelings - I dwell.
I have a crummy day at school - I dwell.
I can't find something I'm looking for - I dwell.  
I feel like I've disappointed someone - I dwell.

I wish I could be more like Taylor Swift and just shake it off :), but I don't think that's in my DNA.

So this year, I'm making a concerted effort to LET IT GO!  I'm choosing to dwell in Him and not on circumstances or situations.  I'm a busy lady (aren't we all!) and I don't want to spend my time dwelling on inconsequential things.  Instead I want to get deeper into His word, spend more quality time with my kids and husband and put effort and energy into friendships.

I'm planning on applying "let it go" in my parenting as well - picking up the family room before we head out on a walk?  Let it go.  Missing puzzle pieces?  Let it go.  Legos EVERYWHERE?  Let it go. :)

So, what words do you plan on living by this year?  Do you pick a "theme" for the year?  I'll be sharing some of my goals next Tuesday for the first installment of "Show and Tell Tuesday" - but this is my "big picture" ;)   

Tomorrow is Friday Favorites, but for now I'll leave you with this fun video I put together.  I've watched it at least half a dozen times and I MAY have teared up after several of those viewings. hahaha  



I hope you all have a fantastic day and start the new year with family!


31 comments:

  1. Happy New Year!!!! And...now I'll be singing that song for the rest of the day. Hahahahaha! ;)

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  2. Love your new theme for the year....sadly, I'm twice your age, and I STILL dwell!!
    (I'm the first comment. .. . go back and add one more O to your choosing in your post ! ) :-)
    Love you!

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  3. I love your blog, and I love this theme! I too can be a big time dweller, and it truly does suck the happiness out of a situation. I think this also goes alone with focusing on the things you have control over. Happy New Year!

    Also, is it supposed to be choosing instead of chosing

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  4. Andrea- you totally nailed it for me. I'm a total dweller and am constantly second guessing my decisions. I may piggy back and use 'let it go' as my theme for 2015 too. Love your videos on Instagram....so much cuter when you can hear their bodices. Happy new year

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  5. Love this post! I'm SUCH a dweller! My goal this year is to look past the mess of my house to focus on my babies.

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  6. I have truly enjoyed reading your blog the last few months. Ironically, you might think we have nothing in common. I am a 55 year old with two adult children. However, I am also a middle school teacher and a devout Christian. I find many of your posts very inspiring.
    Each year my girlfriends and I get together to do Collagapy. Basically we choose a word (one word) that will represent our focus for that year. Then we create a collage from magazines clippings that is our interpretation of that word. (Some people call it a manifestation board.) Last year my word was "Balance" and it was a good one. My life was so unbalanced, I was in a lead position at my school and my job was affecting my health and mental state. "Balance" got me to focus on my diet, got me back in the gym and back to attending mass on a weekly basis. This year my word is "Achieve." I have many goals this year, and I don't want them to be just goals....I want to ACHIEVE them.
    Thanks again for your wonderful posts and have a fabulous 2015!

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  7. Great theme for your year!! Elsa knew what she was talking about! :)

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  8. I just love you little mama. You are such a blessing to so many women AND middle schooler's out there. I hope you know that. Don't let that little seed of doubt plant itself. I think it happens to all of us women. We just need to squash it before it grows. Keep up all the great things you do in 2015! Gonna be a great year!

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  9. Happy new year! Girl I am a dweller!!!!

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  10. Me too! I'm with you! Thanks for the encouragement and words of wisdom. Here's to a new year!

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  11. Mine is similar...be present wi\ll be my words for the year.....and in doing that letting go and letting God be in charge is a large part. Happy New Year!

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  12. Happy new year! I, too am a total "dweller" and I love this thought for 2015!

    As an aside, I've read your blog for awhile now but I'm not sure I've ever commented - I SO appreciate and enjoy reading every day - it's a fun way to begin each morning :) I hope you will continue being yourself and doing what you're doing! Here's to 2015!!

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  13. I'm a dweller too, and wouldn't it be lovely to dwell in goodness rather than the bad. It's a good goal for me this year too. Happy New Year!!

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  14. Love your theme and your sweet video! Like you, I am super busy trying to balance everything in life between family, teaching, taking online grad school classes, and volunteering for church ministry events. So my theme this year is 100% - no matter how hard I have tried in the past to balance everything on my plate, I have learned I can't give 100% to everything I have going on but with whatever I am concentrating on during that moment of time (teaching, tending to family needs, reading for grad school class, volunteering, etc) I want to give 100% to that particular need at that particular time and try not to multi-task or think about other areas of life. Give 100% to that moment and enjoy it!

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  15. I'm a major dweller, too! I can't stand that about myself. I will join you this year in letting it go. :) Happy New Year!!

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  16. Happy New Year! I honestly love reading your blog. You are such an inspiration to me as a working mom!! And your theme for this year is definitely one I will be working on as well. Thank you for always being so open and sharing so much with us. Can't wait to keep up with your family in 2015.
    :)

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  17. yes I needed this I am too a dweller and likewise I am choosing to let it go and learn to live simply

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  18. Could you tell me the name of this song in your video? Love this post & your blog! Best Wishes for 2015!
    Florence

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  19. I'm a dweller too! I would love for you to do more posts about things you do or use in the classroom:) [I'm a future teacher:) ]

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  20. Great words of wisdom!!! Thank you and happy new year :)

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  21. What a *great* video!!! You have inspired me to make one of our Christmas this year -- thank you!!!
    Have you seen this? I'm still dwelling. . .have a couple of words/phrases. . .but not the "one" yet. . .
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_XtL91XSVE

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  22. Happy New Year!! My word of the year is ENJOY. I want to ENJOY all the moments - big and small and not fret about the little stuff.

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  23. Love that song! Such precious pictures!

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  24. Omg am I a dweller! It's so frustrating. Thank you for sharing that goal. I needed it. Love your video. So sweet!!

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  25. Happy New Year!!!! Love your outlook for 2015! I need to let more things go also. Loved your video! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. A picture slideshow with music gets me everytime!

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  27. Great post. This is one of my goals for 2015 too. I can totally relate to you about dwelling on stuff. That's so me. I want to let those things go this year and really live in and enjoy the everyday moments with my family. Thanks for a great post! Happy New Year! -Jess
    www.sweetlittleonesblog.com / sweetlittleonesblog@gmail.com

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  28. Love it! Great words to live by in 2015 :-)

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  29. This could not ring more true!! I am such a "dweller" ...& although it makes me feel at peace knowing I am not alone...your words could not ring more true...dwell in Him!! Ahhh...this spoke to my soul!! Love you friend!!

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  30. Oops I was trying to write that I also can't wait to start a blog to join in on your fun link up parties! Love the Friday favorites and home tours!

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  31. I am 100% on board with this mantra! Love it!

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