2018: A Year to Simplify

Hopes, dreams, wishes, plans, resolutions; whatever you call them, the start of the new year is always the sweetest time to write these desires of our hearts down. For me? I always seem to have a hard time getting them down on paper before January 1st, but having a January birthday, I always feel like I’ve got a two week grace period to figure out what I want my year to look like.

Typically, the first week of January, I give myself the chance to reflect on the past year and plan for the new year without any real obligations to “kick start” these goals until after my birthday on the 15th. Sure, it might be cheating….but I like to think that since it works for me, it’s okay. Maybe it’s because I’ve never really loved New Years Eve and always just want to sleep in on January 1st….but hey, to each their own.

So here we are, one week away from my last ever birthday in my 20’s and I still can’t believe that Christmas is over, 2017 is over, I’m about to be real old and we’re now in the year where basically everything is going to change. Between meeting our little miss in March and my husband graduating in May, these next few months are going to be full, crazy and absolutely wonderful. So as I started to think about this next stage of life and what I want life this year to look like, the word simplify came to mind.

Now this might seem funny, especially to my mother (this blogs biggest fan, right mom?!) who knows me as the ultimate minimalist (I was sorting drawers and filling up thrift store bags from a young age folks….seriously, just ask her) but for some reason it just feels right. While externally, my life is often very organized and simplified, I think my heart and my mind can become a bit overcrowded with to-do lists, unnecessary worries, and just simply, junk. It is my hope this year to focus less on the simplifying of space and actual items (though that is always a top priority for the type-a personality in me) and focus more on how I fill my heart, my mind and my time. Simply put, I want more of the good stuff and less of the bad stuff.

I know in a few short months, life with a newborn will be a total game-changer, but it is my hope that I can spend these next few months filling my heart and mind with things that are more life-giving so hopefully when baby girl is here, I can be the best version of myself for this little one and teach her what really matters. I want quality over quantity in all things, more books & less screen time, more joy & less negativity, more time spent savoring each moment and less time worrying about the next thing, more grace and less perfection, more of Jesus & less of me and a full & grateful heart in it all.

So there ya have it. It’s no glamorous list of action steps and big hopes, dreams & goals…and that’s okay. It’s what I need right now. And as I embark on this journey of simplifying, I hope you’ll join me in savoring each moment just a little bit longer, choosing joy even when your heart wants to complain, and simplifying (the physical stuff & the mental stuff.) Cheers to 2018, I’ve got a good feeling about this one.

Sending love from up North,








  1. OH MY GIRL! I just love your heart and your words…and I will verify that you have been a minimalist before it was popular! I remember finding items you had tossed and putting them away in a box for later..sometimes you thanked me when these “things” re-appeared and sometimes you were certain I was a bit off and made certain they would be gone forever! The best part of life right now is that I see, hear and feel the goodness in you. Love always! XOXOXO

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