Thoughts for 2017

Ring out wild bells to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,...
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
~Alfred Tennyson (1809–1892), In Memoriam A.H.H., 1833.

If you're on social media, I am sure you've seen many of your "friends" talk about how awful 2016 was and that they're glad it is over. Part of me can understand their thinking because when one has a bad year the new year is oftentimes a new start and you have hope that it will be better than the last. I, for one, had a great 2016! I hope (but never expect) that The Lord makes this year good as well.

My word for last year was Hustle and hustle I did. I got a new job, continued to educate myself in my field (digital media), and have kept on top of my senior. However, I hustled only and so this year I need time management. I need Balance. I will continue to hustle at work but I need to find balance in the rest of my life. For the first 4-5 months of my new job I came home from work, made dinner, and did absolutely nothing else. My body is now acclimated to working so I need to do better about our dinners, blogging, swimming, running our house, and still staying on top of my senior. That's my goal for today-make a plan in order to get this balance.

What are your goals for this year? Also, besides soup, how do you use your Instant Pot?


  1. I haven't joined the instant pot club as of yet, but I am considering it...maybe I'll wait to see how you like yours :).

    The weeks leading up to Christmas were so hectic around here that my short term goal was to chill. So far, so good!


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