Happy 2015!

I can’t even express how thrilled I am that the holidays are over. This year it was a whirl wind. Our family hosted several get togethers this year in our new home and while it was fantastic to be able to finally show this place off, our grocery bills have been through the roof, our house is upside down and our routine has been totally off. It was like a little gift to myself to see the kids off to school today. I am really enjoying the quiet and am glad to get back to get back on track with the healthy meal planning!

I’m not big into resolutions but this year I do have a few things I’d like to set some intentions for. Firstly, I’d like to try and get running again. Key word here is try. The last time I declared myself a runner I promptly injured my hip in such a way that has given me intermittent low back/hip pain for the last 2.5 years on my right side. Now that things seem to be on the upswing with that, I’d like to give it another go. My intent is not to force myself to run any great distance or speed too quickly. Ultimately I just want to be able to do it without pain. Even if that means my ‘running’ more closely resembles a waddle for now.

The second thing I’d like to do is figure out my plans for the future. Those close to me know that I am still bitching and whining about what the hell I actually want to do with my life career wise. I love photography, and it will always be a part of my life in some form. But I can’t shake the feeling that I am meant to do something different with my time. The issue is that I can’t seem to commit. There are always lots of ideas floating around out there but nothing I’ve felt that I could throw my whole self into 100%. So this year I really want start zeroing in on some life plans and finally start taking the steps to accomplish it this year.

Most of all my plan this year is to just be kinder to myself. This will probably be the hardest challenge of all. Nick and I took on a lot of incredibly heavy things at a very young age. Marriage, his job that has sometimes demanded more of him than I am willing to give, my own business, one international adoption and one domestic older child adoption – all within about a 5-6 year time span. And while I wouldn’t change any aspect of my family or life for anything, I also recognize that the situations we have found ourselves in over the past several years have sometimes been so challenging that I’ve put my own mental, emotional and physical health on the back burner just to make it through the day. So I’d like 2015 to be the year that I allow myself to live life a little less urgently. To continue on a path of self discovery but not in such a way that I feel like shit if I’m not accomplishing huge, wonderful, meaningful things all the damn time.
Bring on 2015! 🙂

3 thoughts on “Happy 2015!

  1. gen

    Amen to being kinder!! Such a great goal and such a hard mission sometimes!!! I’m on board with you! Go Team Danielle!!! Happy New Year!! xoxo

  2. Carmen

    These all resonate so much with me that I could have written this post myself (minus the adoption part, LOL – but kids!) I look forward to seeing how you blossom this year! xo


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