It’s all about perspective!!!

After our first full week of 2016, I have realized something: It’s all about perspective.

One of our New Year’s goals was to build a big bookcase for our living room, that way we could clear some of the clutter  and get rid of the 3-4 little bookcases we’ve acquired over time. We started our project last Sunday. Sometimes marriage is about working things out. So we sat down and did some major drawing which we drew over and had little side drawings and we argued about how tall, how wide, if we want doors on the front, and all the little minor details. It was slightly chaotic, but we worked it out by drawing some more so we could both understand each other…we may both be visual learners! Haha!!!

I told Chris I would like to have it done by the end of the week. And if you don’t know our family, that’s a bit of a tall order. Often we will start on things and leave them half finished. I can’t stand it, but often the projects being done go beyond my skills and abilities, so I am the cheerleader for them! Well, here it is Sunday evening. One week has past. And during this week, unexpected things happened.

  • Migraines (although I do expect them now, I never know when they’re going to hit)
  • Sickness (All of a sudden, everyone started getting sore throats and sinus colds. Even though, I have been lucky enough not to catch it! Thank you, Jesus!)
  • The Weather….which is most of the time unpredictable. Most of the week was cold and cloudy, and with Chris being sick, I didn’t want to send him out into the garage where it is as cold as the outside!

So yesterday (Saturday) we were able to knock out a big chunk of things. We had to get some things done in the office because one of the work trucks decided to break down on Friday and we weren’t able to get all the work we needed to get done finished. But then, Chris starts measuring, cutting, routeing, and working hard on this thing! I love to see my man work! He’s pretty awesome. I helped where I could. I did some varnishing. Then I cleaned up around the house, made an awesome pot roast, did dishes, replaced the kitchen light bulbs, set a couple of mousetraps, and burned our Christmas tree! It was a very productive day!

Today (Sunday), I woke up with a migraine that last until 11 or 11:30. We had Bible study at 2. And then Chris’s brothers randomly volunteered to help us work on the book case! So they are out there now, even though this has been the worst day for weather with the super wind and the rain and snow. I love it when family comes to help without us asking! It makes my heart smile!

Anyway, I said all this to say this: Yes, the goal was to get it done in a week. No, it won’t be finished by tonight. Especially since varnishing takes 24 hours to dry. But instead of getting upset over not achieving a goal at the exact time you want it achieved, you can look for the joy and the positive aspects of the situation:

  • Brothers get to spend  time together, helping one another. There can never be enough of that!
  • Because the brothers are all working together, I get to have time to blog and clean around the house!
  • No, the project won’t get done in a week. But it will get done. And although the living room may look like a construction zone, it won’t be that way for much longer!
  • The migraine went away. They have been quite sporadic lately. Coming and going frequently, but not lasting a whole day like they normally do.

I have an amazing husband who takes great care of me. Since I had a migraine this morning and felt like doing nothing but sitting on the couch until it went away, I didn’t have time for a shower. So I just through a sweater and jeans on. I thought my hair looked awful so I put on a silly hat. Chris complimented me on how cute I looked and decided to put a silly hat on as well. He sure made me smile!!!

It’s time that we stopped moping around. It’s time we stopped seeing all the bad in everything and everyone and stopped dwelling on it . “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I say rejoice!”(Philippians 4:4) We must CHOOSE to find the positive–the joy in everything! It’s definitely not easy at first. But once you start making choosing joy a habit, it will come more naturally over time.

So there it is peeps! It’s all about perspective!

OH, and here’s a picture of me and Chris in our silly hats this morning!

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Forward Ever, Backward Never!

HAPPY 2016 EVERYONE!!!!

Here is it the first day of the new year, and do you know what I’ve done so far?!

Goal writing, baking, smooching, organizing, cleaning, writing, and in a little while, I am going to go play games with some friends and family! It’s been a busy new year already! HAHA!

This morning, Chris and I slept in. I am  SO thankful we didn’t have to work today! Today is a day for celebrating! It’s a day for reflecting! And it’s a day for making new goals and aspirations for this new year!

After a much needed shower, Chris and I sat down to look back at our goals we wrote down last year. We went through them and saw that we had only accomplished three. Instead of getting down about it, we celebrated! Three goals accomplished is progress! Although, the progress is small, it is STILL progress! What did we accomplish exactly? I am so glad you asked!

  1. We made it and entire year without drinking soda! WOO!
  2. We paid off more of our loan. It’s not completely paid off, but it’s getting closer and closer to not existing!
  3. We got our employee trained and out on his own!

Yes, it does feel awesome. 😀 2015 was a year of ups and downs. I was plagued with migraines all year, which stopped me from doing some of the things I love and helping the ones I love! But there were many awesome things about 2015 as well! Chris and I celebrated our first year anniversary! We traveled and had some adventures! Vacationed with the family! And achieved some of our goals! All in all, epic might just be the word I’m looking for!

So we got out a new poster board to write down our new goals for this upcoming year. There are a lot more goals on this year’s list. But I feel like they are even more reachable than last year’s (even though some of  them are slightly the same) ! So here they are! (In no particular order):

  1. Become migraine free!
  2. Clean and organize the garage and maintain it!
  3. Weight loss!
  4. Have a garden and grow herbs
  5. Keep the porch cleaned off.
  6. Incorporation and application of Dr. Tent’s suggestions about our health
  7. Michelle to finish and apply accounting course
  8. Blog once a week! (Guys, if you are not seeing this blog once a week, tell me to write something! You can be my accountabilibuddies!)
  9. Clean and organize craft room and make it functional. (I’m a little tired of taking all my crafting supplies to the kitchen table.)
  10. Get the dog fence where it needs to be and put in a doggie door. (It’s been a long time coming!)
  11. Learn guitar together
  12. Read our Bibles every day!
  13. Build the shelves for the living room.
  14. Do more service projects and ministry
  15. Clean out and organize pantry!

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And that’s it! Yeah, it’s a lot, but these are doable! And we REALLY want them to happen! SO at the end of the year I should be a happy, organized, skinnier, healthier, headache free, accounting knowledgeable, garden growing, herb growing, clean, crafting, blogging, guitar playing, Bible reading and applicating, constructing, ministering, awesome wife with an awesome husband doing some of the same things!

I’m exited! How about you?!

What are your new year’s goals?!!?!?