my hopes for 2013

I'm not one to make new year's resolutions. I don't make specific goals or anything like that at the beginning of the year. I just have never thought about it much and any goals I did have were simple enough that I felt I didn't need to make a list. This year is no different, but I do have some hopes for 2013! And I figure making a list will help keep these fresh in my mind. 

• I hope to learn to balance being a mom to two young children and a wife to one wonderful man. 

• I hope to be more intentional in my relationships with others. I'm not going to be the type of person hanging out with everyone all the time, sorry I'm not sorry...but I do have some key people in my life that I would really like to invest in. It's easy for me to get caught up in "mom life" and my children will always be my first priority but there are definitely some other people, not related to me by blood, that deserve my time and attention as well. 

• I hope to learn to really trust God more. 2012 wasn't an easy year for me and I'm ashamed to admit that I often felt bitter and angry towards God. I did not respond in faith. Instead I let all my "problems" turn my attention away from God. Hopefully as 2013 unfolds I will be able to remember God is on my side and only wants what is best for me and my family. 

• I hope to discover what inspires me. What do I want to do with my life? Yes, I love being a stay-at-home mom and I'm passionate about being the main caregiver to my children, but I'm discovering that I'd like to do more. But what? I love writing. I have a master's degree in counseling. I enjoy working with children. I love helping my husband in creative projects. But I'm not sure what really drives me and what will keep my interest. This may take a few years to really discover but I'm hoping in 2013 I can give more thought to this and see what God has in store for me. 

Are you hoping for anything in the new year?