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The Best Things in 2013 | Focusing On What Matters

I have been contemplating doing a mini blog series of some of the best things about 2013, and decided that it was time to do it. We have been snowed/iced in for several days, which is a very rare thing for TX and it has given me some time to reflect on some of these things, as well as play games, watch Christmas movies, and spend extra time with my little family. The posts will kind of be a hybrid of things I am thankful for from this year, as well as what I have learned. I hope that it will be an encouragement to you as we approach 2014.

I started 2013 knowing that it was going to be a great year, and I am happy to look back and say that it was. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I met every single goal, but I met a lot of them and accomplished things that I am so happy about. You will hear about lots of those things through this series, but this first one is huge.

I Focused on What Matters. I wish I could say that I did it perfectly, but I failed a lot too. However, overall I made a conscious effort to focus on the things that matter and give up on the things that don’t. For me that meant focusing on my faith, and my family first of all.


I strove to prioritize time in Scripture which has been on my yearly goal/New Years Resolution list for about 10 years now. I am happy to say that this is the first year that it really stuck. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t mess up or have an off day, but consistency has come a very long way. I started the #lampandlight hashtag which has helped me so much and has also allowed me to meet and be encouraged by so many other women that had the same goal. I can say that putting a priority on my faith has changed me…that may sound cliche, but it is true.


I also tried to make a huge effort to be a better wife and invest in our marriage. I realized that I am so often selfish, and I have to remind myself daily (ok…sometime hourly) to put Jeremy’s needs above my own and to actively invest in our marriage. Starting a family changes things in marriage, it isn’t a bad thing…but it is an adjustment. We have both learned that we need to prioritize each other to keep our relationship what it should be. I can’t really say how great I did on this one, I guess you will have to ask my hubby…but I am keeping it in my mind, and trying to always be better. I am so grateful for Jeremy and his patience with me, and constant love and support.


I love being a mommy, it is one of my favorite things in the world. But, I will admit that sometimes I just get overwhelmed with all the day to day mundane tasks, or catch myself being distracted from intentional parenting by things that don’t really matter. I never want to look back on a week or a day and realize I spent more time on business, housework, or Facebook than I did on my children.   It takes a lot of work to carve our time and not get so overwhelmed by to do lists or a cluttered living room that mothering takes a back seat. This is a work in progress for sure, I am the first to admit that there have been quite a few days especially since I have been pregnant that I have been in tears or on the verge of tears at the end of the night when I am exhausted and the thought of waking up to a cluttered living room seems like the worst thing ever. Sometimes I leave it till morning, sometimes I push through the exhaustion to make it presentable because I know it will give me a fresh start in the morning, and there have been many times in the past few months that Jeremy has told me to go to bed while he did a little speed cleaning.I certainly don’t have it all together, but I am making a conscious effort to make my priority my family, and not all my other “to dos”.

There is so much more, but those are some of the big ones for me. What are you wanting to focus more on in 2014?

Kristin Life-41

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