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Hello 2016! It’s sometimes hard to believe that another year has come and gone. I swear time speeds up when you have a kid! This past year has been one of the best years of my life – Ada is the greatest thing to ever happen! And I really look forward to what this new year will bring to our little family!

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Every year, for my new year’s resolution, I like to pick one word to focus on for the year. This year my word is JOY.

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Often times I feel like I lose focus on the things that truly matter. In this world, we see everyone around us striving for perfection – having the perfect body, the perfect look, the perfect job, the perfect house, the perfect family, etc, etc. Social media is a wonderful way to watch everyone around you live out these perfect lives. I feel that sometimes I do nothing but compare. Especially now that I am a mother.

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Being a mother is fantastic, but it is also the most stressful thing I have ever taken on. I am constantly worrying about Ada. I am reading books, articles, and blogs on how to do this whole motherhood thing because I really don’t want to mess this up. And I sometimes can’t help but compare my way of parenting to others.

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“Comparison is a thief of joy.” Isn’t this quote so true? I get so caught up comparing my way of life to others that I become so unhappy; I spend more time worrying than living. In reality, my life is perfect, just the way it is. I love my life and my family. I don’t have everything, I make mistakes, I don’t travel as often as I like, I definitely don’t have the perfect body or the perfect marriage. But what I have is so much better – I have something real.

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It is time for me to stop comparing and enjoy my life. To be happy with who I am and what God has blessed me with. I also want to be a good example for my daughter. I don’t want Ada to see me obsessing about my weight or looks or constantly worrying about how everyone perceives me. I want Ada to learn to be happy with herself and to find her true happiness, regardless what others say or do.

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So here’s to a new year filled with JOY. 🙂 Happy New Years!

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