When I think about a new year, I think about it as a collection of sorts. I can remember that a certain year was “the year of this” or when I “did that” and it gets filed away. Thinking about it this way has always helped me move forward, no matter how the previous 12 months went.
Though, 2018 was fairly different than previous “collections”. Just as the seasons changed, so did my life. The Winter involved being pregnant with our baby Lucas, and getting adjusted to my first real Chicago snow season. The Spring brought me into another depressive spiral, having to deal with the birth and loss of Lucas and changing degrees again in college. I met Summer with ups and downs- happy memories but disdain for the end of Summer because of the looming “due-date” for a child we would no longer bring home. And Autumn. The season of biggest change in my life, when big decisions were made, a new job was found, self-acceptance flourished and a clarity started to emerge.
There was a lot of healing that happened in 2018 and I feel like that is now last year’s collection theme; Healing.
So now that I’ve tucked the year into it’s box, tied with a string, I’ll put it away and look forward to 2019 as hopefully a year that is Limitless. I’ve been getting back into manifestation, so setting my word for the year happened easily.
In the last few days I’ve also noticed many blogger/Instagram friends talking about “intentions” instead of resolutions and I felt like it was wholly appropriate.
Δ Create More
My lack of motivation came in cycles last year and self-doubt was the ring-leader. This year I want to tap back into my creativity because working with my hands is something that really keeps me moving. I’m not the jack of odd trades for nothing! I’m going to stitch more, get back to crafting my resin jewelry and coloring. Also planning ALL the DIYs for the blog like this one and this one from the short Blogoween adventure I had. (I plan to do it entirely this year!!)
Δ Plan a Budget Wedding
If you hadn’t heard, J and I got engaged Dec. 8! We’re planning a late Fall wedding this year and it’ll be a classy Viking theme. Definitely going to do our best to keep the costs down, as we’re obviously not traditional. One of my most-read sites has been Offbeat Bride (since like, 2010, no shit) and I’ve bookmarked several of the featured weddings and venues. And better believe I’ve got my Pinterest board up and a dedicated notebook to it all.
Δ Get Back Into Blogging
I have so many ideas for this space and I’m not ready to give up on Dahlia July. As I said before, last year was an odd one and my cycling motivation really kept me from doing what I wanted to most. I’m working on an editorial calendar and ALL the lists (I’m a list maker) and I’m also reminding myself that it’s ok to not follow everything to a T. Since I’ll be creating more, I’ll be documenting and sharing more.
Δ Keep Being Kind to my Body
Oh my stars, has my body been through the ringer the last decade. I turn 30 this summer and all I want is to keep peace with this physical vessel I have. The last few weeks, I’ve been much, much kinder to myself and it’s an amazing place to be. So for 2019, it’s just about continuing my journey of self-acceptance and loving every bit of me.
Δ Embrace My Photography Roots
After spending three years in High School learning photography and another seven years in the Air Force as a professionally trained Photojournalist, I reluctantly put my camera away. I had lost my passion for it and with so many people popping up as “photographers”, I didn’t know what my place would be in the civilian world. But alas, I’ve been craving getting behind the lens again and I have a dusty professional Nikon sitting upstairs. I’d like to find my passion again and start up a little side-business.
I have a few more personal intentions/goals that I’m working on, but the one’s above were my public Top 5. I’m so very excited for what 2019 is bringing and I’m ready to manifest a limitless year.
Do you have a New Year’s tradition besides resolutions you covet?
Or have you set your own intentions and goals for 2019? I’d love to hear about them! The more support for our little gang, the more we accomplish!
P.S. We had a NYE/Engagement Party and Bekah surprised me with wedding props… so naturally, I leave you with “Amber’s excitement in Gif form”.