Thursday, February 1, 2018
Ryan and I went away last weekend - FAR away - to Carlsbad. We were away for forever, too - gone for 20 whole hours! ๐Ÿ™Œ Really, though, our "sneakaway," really did feel like a small world away and the time really was sufficient. It doesn't take much, you know - when you're go-go enough with your babies, and work, etc. - any time with just you and your +1 is enough.

We committed to getting away together every January a couple years ago (we snuck away while in St. George in 2016; we escaped to Spain in 2017), and it has been a game changer for us. We 1) celebrate our anniversary (weird timing, but time has proven that a late-July anniversary tends to get trumped by summer stuff) and 2) goal-set and plan out the new year. We love it. The planning, the playing, all of it. This year we had a Saturday away, so played hard while we could, and we squeezed in our priceless planning sesh. We saw some progress from our planning session last year, which made us so happy. IE, we didn't have a habit of doing Family Home Evening every week last year, so we made that one of our shared goals for 2017, and we didn't have to make it one of our 2018! Wish we could say the same for our goal to go to bed early, but ahh well, better late than never. Turning in by 11:00 is on our goal list again, and by golly, we're going to GRAB that one this year or else!

Silly tennis pics ๐Ÿ‘‡ -- we hit up some clay courts in between a yoga class and our planning session, and then we dashed to lunch and the temple. Ryan is obviously dying. "Whyyyyy are we taking a picture and whyyyy are you jumping?!" BABE. You love me and you know it. And yes, I censored out my exposed tummy tum down there, because I know y'all don't wanna peek a' that!
I talked about our goal planning sesh tradition in this podcast interview from last summer, and after running the race again with Ryan this last weekend, I stand by all that I said there -- that there is something magically effective about goal setting with somebody and in writing goals down. Ryan knows my goals, I know his, we have a couple goals together. We have a vision for the year, and while we know SO well that your vision can go haywire due to life going haywire (2017 was proof a'that!), just making the vision is enough.

So CHEERS to you, 2018 -- a year of much more blogging and sharing (for me), much more reading (for Ryan), and much more sleep (for us). ๐Ÿ™Œ


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