Just Life

Ten on Tuesday | Well-intended.

…just six days into the new year and I’m already documenting intentions. Thank you, Carole – I think this is a record! I wasn’t sure I was even going to do anything (more than that One Thing) this year until Christmas. But things came together and I have a word – it’s Present. as in Be Present. Inspired almost entirely by these two images.

Katie took that first photo back on December 2 and Kal Barteski posted the second one on Instagram three weeks ago. When I saw Kal’s post, I remembered a quotation I’d read on Ali Edwards’ blog years ago (it took me a few hours to track it down!)

…but the biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while doing this. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs. There is one picture of the three on them sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4, and 1. And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in a hurry to get on to the next things: dinner, bath, book, bed. I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less. ~ Anna Quindlen

I am not at all one for regrets, but these words spoke loudly to me when I first read them … and even louder now. I want to turn those wishes into reality. Marc & I have been married over 30 years and the girls are grown; but with Charlie…well, it’s all possible!And with that short introduction, here’s my list.1. Be still. Practice breathing. and waiting.
2. Make good choices. Say Yes. and No.
3. Pay attention.
4. Listen closely.
5. Nurture relationships.
6. Count my blessings.
7. Take pictures. Make notes. Write stories. (treasure the doing)
8. Laugh out loud.
9. Say I Love You.
10. Pray continuously.Honestly, I haven’t been this excited about a year (or a word) … maybe ever. Here’s to 2015!