This time every year, as most people do, I usually sit down and write out my plans, hopes, and dreams for the coming year. Setting well-thought-out goals and resolutions usually gives me the confidence and drive necessary to make positive changes in my life.

I’ve been thinking a lot about my hopes for 2016 over the last few weeks. For the first time in a very long time, I haven’t been driven to make detailed plans for myself. Instead, I’ve been motivated to let go of as many expectations as possible and to approach the coming months with an open mind and an open heart. Prioritizing the things that make me happy and keep me sane and cutting out the things that don’t add significant meaning to my life is what 2016 holds for me.

Approaching 2016 with an open mind and an open heart • twokidsintow.com

Do I have dreams for this year? Of course! I dream of sitting on my back porch on warm summer evenings, a babe in my lap and an ice cold beer in my hand, watching my big boy run around and play in the grass with his daddy. I dream of long walks around my neighborhood, chasing my toddler around on his balance bike while my baby snuggles deeply into my chest. I dream of our family hikes on the weekends and I dream of our first camping trip as a family of four.

2016 is destined to be a big year for me. By simplifying my life and pursuing the things that bring me joy, I truly hope to make it one of the best years yet, one day at a time.

Approaching 2016 with an open mind and an open heart • twokidsintow.com

Happy New Year!