Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Year, New Focus

We are currently 20 days into this new year and it feels like a good time to write about my focus for the year. When I settled on my word for 2015 I didn't spend a lot of time thinking about it; it came to me after a few minutes of mulling. It seemed a little cheesy so I've spent some time living with it and finally came to the conclusion that there really is no other way to express exactly what I intend for this year. And so, 2015 is the year of becoming. 

To provide some background, 2013 was the year of the wedding. Engaged the previous December and married in September we spent the first nine months planning a wedding and the last three months settling into being married. 2014 was the year of dreaming. K started graduate school, I started in a new position at a new store, and while we weren't actually going anywhere we spent a good bit of the year dreaming about the future that felt just a little bit closer. Now here we are, in a new year with only one semester left until graduation, a job opportunity for K, a new store and more responsibilities for me, and a potential move on the horizon. The future we've been working towards feels like it's just around the corner and it feels like it's time to stop dreaming and start doing; it feels like it's time to become who I want to become.

The future we dream about is a homestead with a vegetable garden, chickens, other animals we spend a great deal of time debating over, a wooded backyard, several children, and a good deal of do-it-ourselves and sustainability. Living in an apartment in the suburbs can make preparing for this lifestyle feel like a bit of an impossibility some days. However, I know there are things I can do now that will help me prepare for this dream and make me feel a little bit closer to the life we want to live.

So cheers to a new year with more bread-making, more canning, more cooking, more knitting, more family, more crafting, more saving, more reading, more journal writing, more yoga, more homemaking, more making-ourselves, and hopefully more gardening. Cheers to a year of becoming more of who we want to be. Cheers to a year of becoming more of who we truly are. 

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