One month into 2017 and I have finally decided upon my word/theme of the year: Refresh.
In some ways, it is an obvious choice since, after ten years of living in our current house, we are finally starting the renovation process. Granted a little more involved than just a refresh. But as we wait for architecture plans, estimates from contractors and money we are repainting and carpeting our bedrooms. Refresh.
The impending home renovation and not-so-distant college tuition have caused us to take a new look at our finances. So we have finally taken steps to refresh our budget. And, hopefully, our savings!
In other ways, it isn’t such an obvious choice. But as I was driving to work this morning it hit me. With two kids in middle school — once just a semester away from high school!!– we are in a babysitter-free zone. Seemingly overnight, we no longer need to arrange sitters or grandparents to watch the kids. In fact, our kids have such busy social lives my husband and I find ourselves home alone most Saturday nights. No longer do we need to plan in advance. We can spontaneously go to the movies or out to dinner and drinks with friends. It is time to refresh our own social calendar!
Similarly, with the kids getting older and our financial needs changing, I am starting to reconsider my own work situation. Luckily, this is something I have been able to do in the past. I stopped working when our first child was born and then once our second was in preschool, I started working part-time. I’m not sure I am ready to give up my part-time schedule just yet. But it is time to refresh my career goals.
I have also started to refresh not only my eating habits but the way that I view nutrition. For years, I have preached and, for the most part, practiced moderation when it came to food. I could have never imagined a) wanting to cut out an entire food group or b) believing that it was a healthy thing to do. But this January I embarked on my first Whole30 challenge. This meant no alcohol, grains, sugar, gluten, or soy. To my surprise, I was able to successfully complete the 30 days. And other than wine, I have yet to reintroduce any of the other forbidden foods to my diet. The challenge has totally caused me to rethink my outlook on food and nutrition.
Do you have a theme or word for 2017? I’d love to hear about it!