Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A formula for a new year.

We had a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year. Christmas was spent here at home, which was magical and cozy. After Christmas we headed south to escape the winter wonderland that our little town had become in just a matter of days. Our sweet boys somehow contracted croup and spent most of the time lethargic with fevers and awful coughs. We are still fighting that bug but my boys sure are troopers and never complain. I could learn a lot from them!

As a result, I haven't had much time to think about resolutions. I did, however, read Meg's blog today and love what she has to say. I agree that sometimes we just need a break. In this day of Pinterest, blogs and social media I think we have even more reason to compare ourselves to others. To want to be that perfect somebody that doesn't exist but we think they do because we think we see them on the internet.  Instead, what we see is a little piece of perfect from hundreds of different people. We rarely see the flaws, the mistakes, the normalcy. We need to just be comfortable with ourselves. Who cares if we make super crappy projects that aren't photo quality. Or who cares if we just don't make projects at all (eh hem. like me!). Who cares if we can't braid our hair into a flower or make really nutritious whole food meals for our family every meal. We shouldn't do things with the sole purpose to take pictures of them and post them ASAP to the internet looking for others approval. Instead, we should live in the moment. If that moment happens to present something worth posting, then go for it! But be present. Search for those things in life that are good and raise us up. Find joy in our every day lives. Strive to be a better person than we were the day before, but nothing more (in an attempt to not feel overwhelmed).

I learned something from my dad this weekend. What I learned was, we don't have to be perfect in this life. That is not the goal, if it were it would be an unobtainable one. No one is perfect. We should, however, strive to progress. I love the formula above that came from this quote by President Thomas S. Monson, "May I share with you a formula that in my judgment will help you and help me to journey well through mortality... First, fill your mind with truth; second, fill your life with service; and third, fill your heart with love." With this formula, I am bound to progress! That is my plan for this year and hopefully it will stick with me for the rest of my life.

Happy New Year!


  1. Such a great quote! I could use more service and love in my life, that's for sure! I hate the comparison game, such a waste of time.

  2. What a great quote to live by. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hil I love it!! I have been thinking this more and more. I love being able to sort of roll with the day more often and enjoy more, stress less! Such a great quote and great reminder.


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