The momentum and energy of this new year has been good and I've done a lot of new things that have scared me in the past or seemed too hard. Here are just some of those new things.
1) Purchased a new Prius. I was driving a Honda Odyssey and wondered time and again why I needed such a big, gas-guzzling car for just Audrey and myself. Letting go of the car (now I just need to sell it!) is symbolic of letting go my past life and hopes. Now this car feels like it's more for me and appropriate for this season in life. Audrey even named him (yes, she said our car is a boy) Rocco, which is a pet rock on Sesame Street. I find this to be the perfect name bc of this special verse God has given me on important dates: Psalm 62:2 "He alone is my rock and my salvation, he is my fortress, I will never be shaken." So now Audrey and I drive the Rock!
2) Not really a fear, but being okay and actually excited about Valentine's day, pink hearts and all. My sister and I hosted a clothing swap a couple wknds ago and I decided to use what I had on hand to make it a V-day theme. Washi tape flags on striped paper straws and heart punch-outs taped on toothpicks for cheese cubes and saucy meatballs.
3) I'm including the following bc I felt like it shows I let go of my need for perfectionism. I would normally stress about coming up with a unique, completely homemade craft but I instead made something super easy for Audrey's Vday party. I found a free printable here and already had washi tape and clear cello bags at home. I bought some microwaveable popcorn, heart sprinkles, filled up the bags and called it a day.
4) Valentine's day this year was more fun than when I was married! I shot a gun for the first time and hung out with some amazing ladies who are truly God-sent. Why does the 14th have to exclusively be about romantic love? It can be love for friends and family too! These little critters below are filled with homemade granola for special friends.
Yay, out of 20 shots I managed to get 1 in the shaded area. Look at how accurate the other girls were! All in all, I'm happy I went and experienced a new challenge with fun, encouraging friends.