a new mantra

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Last night instead of sipping champagne and dancing the night away like most people our age, Grahm and I watched Saving Mr. Banks (bring tissues) and talked our about New Year's Resolutions while putting our laundry away. We're boring responsible like that. I mean there weren't many celebratory options for us preggos. I can't drink, my feet are totally swollen, and I certainly can't fit into any of my sparkly/sequins tops. I'm like a very large toddler who turns into a crankapotamus after 9:30, especially if I haven't had my nap.

January 1 has always been one my favorite days of the year. It's such a hopeful day for some. It's a chance to start anew. A clean slate. For a moment in the new year, we can all believe that we'll magically transform into the people we've always longed to become. Happier. Healthier. Someone who finally has it all together. Though I know the only real hope I have for improvement of any kind is through Jesus, my only good, I still thoroughly enjoy making a few resolutions. Maybe it's my Type-A personality, or maybe I just really like jotting down lists....

I have a few goals for this year. Most of them involve being the best mommy I can be, running marathons again, and getting back to my pre-baby weight of 108. However, there's really only one mantra that I would like to live each day of 2014. I love the simplicity of these words...
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Every year certainly brings its own set of struggles and heartaches and unknowns. I'm as positive as punch that with the arrival of our first kiddo, there will be lots of that. However, there will also be plenty of wonderful. Plenty of joy. Plenty of "wow." That's the part I want to focus on. That's the part I want to remember. The darkness will always be there, sure. It's not something we can really avoid or plan for, but it's like my mamma always says: "You just gotta make your own sunshine."

Here's to 2014. May every day be our best day.

21 comments:

Anna said...

I love that quote-great words to live by.

Emily said...

Beautiful. Happy New Year! I mean, Happy Year of Baby Sawyer! Eeeee

Kalyn V said...

Those are great words to live by! I hope your 2014 is the best ever!

Allison said...

Great words Jena! And I was a mess during Saving Mr. Banks. I wasn't expecting that, but I loved it! Happy 2014 sweet friend!!

Finding Clementine said...

Very sweet post and great quote :)

Krista said...

Thanks for preparing me for Mr. Banks. And I love that quote to start of the new year!

The Lady Okie said...

I love this. So very true and great words to remember. I hope you have a fabulous start to 2014!

Kaity said...

Haha I was doing laundry too (before I went out, of course). Happy 2014 lady- can't wait to see where this year takes you!

Erin LFF said...

I LOVE Saving Mr Banks, totally cried during it, too! Great post, I love how hopeful I feel at the start of a new year!

Whitney Alison said...

Awesome quote! Boomer Mom and I went to see Saving Mr. Banks New Year's Eve also. Such a good movie :)

put a bow on it [kaitlyn] said...

I cried like a big ole baby during that movie, so good. And I still need to satisfy the I have to watch Mary Poppins now craving.

Courtney Rose said...

I love these words! Definately something all should remember when starting a brand new year. Wishing you and your little family the best year yet!

Holly said...

This is wonderful and so true. I hope to live like this every day!

Ashley Robyn said...

2014 is definitely going to be a great year for your sweet little family. I so wish we could all keep these positive posts and excitement about the year going all year long. Trials are sure to come our way but there will be much more good than bad, I just know it.

Bailey@Lost&Found said...

Having a baby definitely comes with its fair share of challenges and struggles- but, you forget them SO FAST every single time you see your baby. It's amazing. My little man has only been here 8 weeks, and i've already forgotten about the pain of labor and hell of the first two weeks. These memories are so permanently erased that I find myself wanting another baby right now (and I hated pregnancy!). Get ready for the best year ever- nothing compares to being a mommy :)

Kaysie said...

I'm thrilled to watch your take on motherhood unfold on this blog. You're an amazing person/wife, so I don't think it will take much trying to be a great mama.

Laura @ Liverunsparkle.com said...

I love that, "you just gotta make your own sunshine" - so true. Happy New Year! :)

Margaret Dallospedale said...

Hi Jena! Amazing Mantra ;)
Happy Monday.
Kisses
The Indian Savage Diary

Sarah Smith said...

I love this! Happy New Year and thanks for the uplifting reminder that we should be growing ourselves and living each day to the fullest!

Rachel said...

I absolutely love that quote - such a great reminder to live your life one day at a time and appreciate the things that are happening in the moment! Happy 2014!!

Katie said...

That quote is beautiful. I may need to write it down and hang it somewhere. hope this new year is treating you well so far!