Happy 2016

So this is the New Year. 2016.

I successfully drank more soda in 2015 than in any other given year of my life. That is noteworthy for sure. I directly blame early morning seminary and my need to not be a total zombie and perhaps pretend to have a desire to keep up with photo editing and our laundry.

Jokes aside, 2015 was a good year. It was busy. Ups and downs were inevitable, but we grew and learned. We laughed and played. We stressed. We got overwhelmed. We traveled. We ate. We enjoyed. We worked. Overall – I believe we became better people from 2015. I am speaking for myself, but I think James would agree that he is right there with me.



I think what makes 2015 so special to me is because it was our first full calendar year as parents. There is nothing more fulfilling and tiring than being a mom. And I love it. This past year I have definitely learned more patience (though I am still imperfect at this) and more selflessness (also, still needing a lot of work in this area) – – As a mom (and wife), life cannot be all about me. I often found myself very frustrated with everything I had on my plate: responsibilities, endless to-do’s, and worldy pressures to live up to. Looking back at the year, parenthood [and doing it well!] has me aiming for one main goal in 2016. Simplify.




Nothing means more to me than my husband and this little dude. Teaching early morning seminary has me reflecting over and over again on God’s plan for us. It is all about family. We are here to learn and grow and one day make it back to our Heavenly Father. Family is central to that plan. Not only are we all part of God’s family, but if anything is going to teach me to be more Christlike and become more of the person God wants me to be…it’s being a wife and mother. Nothing is more trying and more rewarding – or more shaping.

So for my 2016 resolutions, I am only going to resolve to do one thing. Simplify. My mother’s coined phrase growing up was “less is more”. And when it comes to what I would like in my life right now, that hits the nail on the head. I will learn to say “no” more often so that I can be less stressed. I want to be the less cranky wife my husband deserves and the more present mother my kid needs. I want to focus more on what matters most.

I think if we all take a moment to filter through our life, we can sieve out a lot of unnecessary things that, in the end, will not be as important as we are making them out to be. Where is our time really going?


To wrap up my New Year post, this verse has hit home to me as a perfect focus for my start on simplifying,

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9



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