New Year Reflections


Resolutions have never been my thing. I’ve always felt if I resolved to do something, then it was the surefire way to make sure I was not going to do it. Of course I want to lose weight, I want to eat better and I want to spend more time on myself. I want a great many things this new year, but if I am being truthful (and it is my intention to bring my truths to you all), I sincerely want to stop focusing on what I want and be more grateful for what I have already accomplished. 2013 was a phenomenal year for me and my family, and I need to start reflecting more on the good stuff, such as…

Home Life: My husband took on a leadership role at his company and in doing so, ensured Columbia will remain our home for the foreseeable future. With my husband’s career decision came a commitment on my part to make our house more of a home. I wanted less takeout and more home cooked meals, so I “mastered” the art of Crock pot cooking. Y’all, I love my Crockpot!. It is without a doubt the best thing that has happened to my kitchen in 2013. Major thanks to my Mother in Law for that one ;).

crock love

Mommy and Daughter: I became more active in my daughter’s playgroup and in turn met some wonderful women who have become great friends of mine. My daughter started a preschool program and has flourished under the guidance of her fabulous teachers. Traveling has always been a passion of mine and last year I overcame my fear of flying with a toddler when we visited my Dad in Houston (definitely a future blog post).

Family: One of the things I cannot believe I pulled off in 2013 was planning and hosting my July wedding. Planning a wedding is stressful regardless, but add a one year old to the mix and you have controlled chaos. Were there moments when I wanted to scream and rip my hair out and cry out to the sky, “why am I doing this? We are already married?!” Maybe once or twice, but the day went off without too many hitches and it was one of the best days of my life. Not to mention that having our daughter there made the day so much more meaningful.

So happy

Many things contributed to 2013 being one of the greatest years of my life, but looking back the one thing that keeps recurring to me is how much love I felt in the last year. From the outpouring of support at our wedding to the constant flow of love for my daughter and husband; 2013 was simply fantastic. I know 2014 is shaping up to be even better.

What were you most thankful for in 2013?


  1. Great read Ashleigh! I think it’s great to be appreciative of the wonderful blessings that we have already seen in our lives!


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