As I type this, I am enjoying a very low-key New Years Eve with my boys. It's been pretty quiet here on the blog for the last few months. My TBI has been kicking my behind and I have been limping through the end of the year. On the plus side, I have survived another round of Thanksgiving/Sinterklaas/birthday/Christmas craziness.
In my pre-TBI days, I spent the last days of year reflecting on what I had accomplished and making goals for the new year. For the last decade or so, I have skipped the resolutions and focused instead on a single word.
For 2016, I am trading in my word for a phrase: do what you can, where you can, when you can. It's my paraphrase of Teddy Roosevelt's quote," Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." I think it covers the full spectrum of got-my-stuff-together days to can't-get-out-of-bed days. It's motivation for good days and grace for rough days. And every day, it's about making the most of what I have.
So, tipping my hat to my list-loving days, here's what I hope this phrase means to me in 2016:
- update the blog more often, even if the post is short and sweet!
- enjoy more tech free evenings with my boys
- give away (at least) 2016 things as I declutter the house
- bring back no-spend Wednesday
- make quilts for babies, friends, and those in need
- take more naps
- open our guest room to old and new friends around the world
- have more friends over for dinner and game nights
- create blessing bags
- try new healthy recipes
- savor my favorite sweets
- get back into an exercise routine
- skip workouts when my brain is not up for it
- take walks with my family
- snuggle with my son whenever he lets me
- read with learners at my son's school
- feel free to stay home
- give money
- give gifts
- give time
- give affection
- give grace
Happy New Year!