I’ve chosen a “word of the year” the last few years. While I think resolutions and goals can be great, I prefer the idea of setting my intention for the year. Something that I want to work on being better at upon reflecting on the year prior. This year holds a lot for us – we will welcome two new members into our family and transition from being a family of three to a family of five. It will be a massive change for all of us! We are so excited and feel incredibly blessed, but also know that it’s going to be a year of some growing pains. Having a newborn is not easy, so anticipating the arrival of two is very overwhelming at times. Thinking through how Liam will adjust to his new normal and being conscious of just how much his little life is going to change. Finding a new rhythm to our daily life and learning how to juggle everything will take a lot of patience and some hard work. There’s a lot on the horizon, but it all stems from the greatest blessing of being able to expand our family.
With all of that (and more!) in mind, my word for 2023 is SAVOR. If the last 2.5 years of Liam’s life have taught me anything it’s that time truly goes by so fast. Some days feel like they’ll never end with babies/toddlers around, but I blinked and my baby turns three in a few months. I really can’t believe it. With all that we have on our horizon this year, I just want to remember to savor the precious moments we will never get back. I can get stressed and overwhelmed easily, especially when I’m low on sleep or feeling pressure to be a lot of things to a lot of people. Being cognizant of that, I want to step into this year with the mindset of savoring the sweet and precious moments that will come. Soaking in this time with our young family, knowing that we won’t get these days back.
None of this is to say that I won’t allow myself to have hard times or feel overwhelmed or stressed. It’s simply a good reminder to take a deep breath, refresh my perspective, and always remind myself of the good things in life.