My 2017

Well hello there, 2017. You sound so fancy! “Twentyyy…seventeeeeen

I love facing a new year filled with goals. As this little blog of mine is all about my new adventures, I’m pretty stoked to share my goals for the year with you. So, in no particular order, here they are:

  1. Sit Up.

    • I mean it. My posture has always been inconsistent over the years unless I’m exercising or posing for a picture. And lately, twin-motherhood has brought my “slouch status” down to a whole new level as I slump down to play with and talk to my sweeties. Sean lights up when I have good posture. He’s told me that both my confidence and joy radiate when I simply remember to sit up straight. It’s both a reminder and incentive to stay poised not just for him, but for myself! Bring on the poise, 2017 😉
  2. Seven Workouts.

    • Whether it’s cycling, running, walking, going to the Studio for a workout, or carrying my twins around the house as they increasingly grow and become mobile babies…I must keep up my fitness consistently for my own good. My health and energy levels depend on it. As I’ve said before in other posts: I am my best self when I make exercise a priority. With that in mind, I’ve listed my favorite ways to exercise below. I could care less when I do which activity, or how often I do each one…I’ve just gotta keep moving and stay consistent.
      • SPINNING (we have an old stationary spinning bike at home…now I just need a good app to keep me motivated. Any recs for a good spinning app?!
      • RUNNING
      • WALKING
      • 1 class @ StudiOne Tulsa
    • My goal is to fit in a total of SEVEN 30+ minute workouts each week. It’s TOTALLY doable in 20-30 minute intervals, and I can even do 6 of them with my babies nearby or in their double stroller! No excuses. If I could fit in those workouts in Henry & Emily’s first 6 months, I can absolutely do this in the next 12! Let’s do this.
  3. Declutter.

    • It’s true what they say about how too much stuff adds to your stress level. I feel like I am constantly thinking, “We have too much stuff.” I find myself shifting things from one area to the next rather than taking the time to look at that item and say, “Do we as a family need this? Will we truly benefit from this? Could someone else find joy from this?” Time to start paying attention, re-organizing, and heading in a decluttered direction for our sweet little home. I’m also eager to watch this documentary that my sister recently shared. Apparently it’s hot on the que these days for lots of aspiring minimalists: http://minimalismfilm.com. In no ways do I see our family being complete minimalists, but I adore the de-cluttered direction it could lead us in.
  4. Speak Up.

    • “Do you need any help?” – I’ve been asked this more times over the past 7 months than I could ever recall. Now, pre-mama Kath would have smiled and said, “Oh no thank you!”, and carried on my merry little way. But if ever there was a time to quiet my pride and look up to whomever offers help when I desperately need it…motherhood is that time. That awful silent perfectionist in me is learning to shut it down and let others help. This is a journey. It took me a long time to simply acknowledge how hard this can be, but I’m getting there! It helps me let people in, take a deep breath, and build my trust stronger than ever. I’m learning to speak up and ask for help when I truly need it. Is it just me…or is this hard for lots of us?
  5. Give Back.

    • Visit a nursing home. Donate items from my decluttered home. Help a community recover from a natural disaster (plenty of them out here in Oklahoma during tornado season, unfortunately). Those are just a few examples, but I look forward to keeping more of an open mind this year and notice how I can help. I feel so fortunate to have all that I do, and I know in my heart that the best way to say “thank you” for my many blessings is to give back.

So there we have it: My 2017. It’s written down…therefore I’m officially accountable, right?! 😉

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When I can, I’ll be sure to update y’all on my progress on these 5 things. Meanwhile…what are your resolutions?! Are any of my 5 ones that you’ve added to your list too? Any advice? Comment below!

Happy New Year, friends! I’m SO excited for what this year will hold!

Big hugs,

Katherine

One Life

Two words are echoing in my heart this week thanks to James Morrison’s delicate rasp and powerful message that we don’t hear enough:

“One life…”

Know that little song of his? It speaks volumes through its soft, catchy, and dramatic melody. At the end of this post I’ve included the lyrics and a link to the YouTube video, but I recommend playing the video then quickly scrolling down to just read the lyrics below as he sings. The lyrics speak more powerfully than his video does.

It got me thinking, as most lovely songs about life often do, about the new year approaching. Whether you begrudgingly allow the new year to happen, or you’ve written a hearty little novel of resolutions for 2015…it’s a time for reflection either way. This year, for some, have been tough. For others, it’s been filled with enough joy to light up an Oklahoma midnight sky.

For me, it was filled with a whole lot of change, much needed in some ways, always gracefully met with embrace. Sean and I have God, family, friends, and everyone we’ve met from Oklahoma to thank for that :). I’m a better person for this move. I have a lot on my mind with what I want out of 2015, but I’ll save that post for when 2015 actually arrives. For now, it’s a time of reflection and I feel that this song, “One Life,” honors that beautifully. What gets me in those lyrics is that it really is just one simple life that I live. One life.

How grateful we should be to have the things, shelters, opportunities, jobs, families, friends, and finances that surround us. Grateful to have something to cheers with on a night like New Year’s Eve. The life we have must be lived to the fullest – are you doing that? Better get busy livin.

To remind myself of this year’s moments – and the people I’m beyond blessed to have in my life, I’ve put together this short but sweet little Flipgram. Enjoy!

To my hubs, family, and friends – thank you for a great year…and a glorious life. Big ol’ cheers to you tonight as we all ring in our new year.

As promise, the video and lyrics:

When I was a young boy
I was living for the moment
The world was wide open
I had every choice
But with so many choices
I just didn’t know what to do now
All I say is forget it
If you tell me I’ll regret it
Just let it be what it is
Coz it’s so easy to say
If I knew yesterday what I know today, where would I be tomorrow
I won’t let my soul slide away, I’d do whatever it takes
Coz this time’s only borrowed
I got one life, one life, one life and I’m gonna live it
I got one life, one life, one life and I’m gonna live it right
My daddy sat me down, he said,
“Son it’s probably time to start making some plans”
And I said, “No, not right now”
With so many choices
I just didn’t know what to do now
All I’d say is forget it when he’d tell me I’d regret it
Just let it be what it is, coz it’s so easy to say.
If I knew yesterday what I know today, where would I be tomorrow
I won’t let my soul slide away, I’d do whatever it takes
Coz this time’s only borrowed
I got one life, one life, one life and I’m gonna live it
I got one life, one life, one life and I’m gonna live it right
You say the more you think you know what’s right
The less you do what you feel inside
So I won’t pretend that I always know
I just follow my heart wherever it goes
And I may not always get it right
But at least I’m living coz I’ve only got this
One life, one life, one life, I’ve got this one life.
If I knew yesterday what I know today, where would I be tomorrow
I won’t let my soul slide away, I’d do whatever it takes
Coz this time’s only borrowed
I got one life, one life, one life and I’m gonna live it
I got one life, one life, one life and I’m gonna live it right
When I’m an old man, hope I’ll be rocking in my chair
Smiling to myself
I’ll tell my baby girl
“You only get one life, so make sure you live it right”

~James Morrison