No Resolutions Here

Not a resolution fan? Me either. Packing all your hopes and dreams into some pressure-filled time frame known to be so quickly abandoned it’s a cliche?…I’ll pass. But I so love some quiet moments at the end of the year to reflect on what has happened, lessons learned, goals met and how I want to direct the upcoming year.

Holy cow. At first pass I say “buh-bye” 2019. Parenting was Haaaaard. My Dad was fond of sharing “little people, little problems, bigger people, bigger problems”. Some around me seem to sail through their kid’s teenage years. I have not found this to be the case. And as we have gotten deeper into them, I have tried so hard to remind myself what it was like to be there myself a million years ago. And how utterly selfish and ridiculous some of my own antics were. And I know more patience is required and always love. There will never be a higher calling for me or a more important purpose that I am destined to fulfill than Motherhood. Yet it is tough and this past year I needed a helmet.

But amidst all the parenting gyrations, some of the most joyous moments were those spent with all three kids tucked in under our roof, just hanging out and being together. My oldest is in his Senior year and things will soon be forever changed. It’s a little easier to be more patient with this focus in mind.

A cancer diagnosis made it’s way into the fabric of my family as well as a scary and sobering surgery for my husband this Summer. Amidst the stresses of work-life balance, parenting teens and oftentimes retreating to our own corners just to survive the day-to-day, we emerged stronger.

We said forever goodbyes to family members and friends.

When these moments in life came wave after wave, it pushed the boundaries of what deserves my time and attention and what can be left behind. The clarity it brings is stunning. Some things just don’t make the priority list anymore. And that is okay.

Two words emerged and they will direct 2020: Simplify and Self-care. I will be able to keep up with the pace this year will surely demand if I put on my own oxygen mask first. And I am evaluating ways to increase my odds of being successful in this area.

Last year Gratitude and Joy were the anchors with which I started the year. And experience taught me to find the joy in the midst of moments I felt most ungrateful for. And the joyous moments became all the more appreciated.

What about you? Have you felt compelled to reflect and evaluate? If you do, I would love to know what you come up with. Leave me a comment.

Happy New Year.

© Jennifer Scheidt and Titanimom, 2020. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jennifer Scheidt and Titanimom with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

8 thoughts on “No Resolutions Here

  1. Deb Karpek says:

    Wow Jen. Just wow. I am inspired by your words. I’m sorry you had such a difficult year, but you seem to manage it with such grace. You are so beautiful, inside and out. God bless you.

    deb 🙂

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  2. Vicki Schuette says:

    Thanks Jen! I love your writing!
    As a parent of adult children.. it’s still hard, but oh so lovely! Our ship was rocked in 2019, but not sunk!! I’m going with steadfastness in God’s Word and life, and with Joy! The Joy that can be found in the valleys and the mountain tops!

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  3. LaRae Malinauskas says:

    Sorry to hear you had a rough year but it sounds like you have a great outlook on life as always! Hope your hubby is doing well. I did not know you all were going through that this summer. UGH! We can all use this reminder to Simplify and Self-Care! Happy New Year Jen!

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  4. Colleen Krueger says:

    Beautiful words as always, Jen! They sure weren’t kidding when they said “parenting isn’t for the faint of heart”, were they?!#? Wishing you and your family all the best in 2020!

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