If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? I would change my lack of optimism. I have never been very optimistic, and I really dislike that about myself. So why have I not changed it? I finally realized that I’m the only one who can change that about myself! My motto for this year is “wake up.drink coffee.choose joy“. The quote is currently on the letter board in our school room. I am not a morning person, and I never have been. Because of that I can hardly survive my day without my morning coffee. My kids NEVER seem to be tired and ready for bed at night and the evening is usually the only time Shane and I get to spend together kidless so we stay up late watching tv. Then add in a teething, all night long breastfeeding and cosleeping 1 1/2 year old and this momma is chronically tired. I always seem to conquer those first two steps no problem. I wake up and I drink that coffee. I just never seem to get around to that last step. Choosing Joy. Why is that? I am making a conscious effort to not skip that step any more! I’m plowing through those negative thought that may creep in early in the morning and I’m choosing joy! Life is not bad, I would actually say its pretty awesome. On top of being awesome, I’m here, alive and with all the people I love. I have so many things that I’m grateful for and that make me happy. I have started to mentally take notes of the little things that make me happy and that bring me joy. This is going to be a year of joy for me. I’m ready to stop skipping the last step. I’m ready to start dwelling on the things that make me happy and complete that third step and CHOOSE JOY!