Moments of Yes | Living Well in 2017

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Every year, I pick one little word to focus on. This word helps me to shape my monthly goals and gives me a lens to view the year through. I’ve done this the last three years or so and it’s helped me tremendously with goal-setting and just trying to be a better human being in general. It’s not intimidating. There’s room for grace. And I love that.

This year I chose the word “well.”

For me, it means that I don’t just want to live, I want to live well. I want to steward my time and resources well. I want to love my husband well. I want to eat well. I want to plan well. The biggest reason I chose this word is because I don’t just want to survive, I want to thrive.

I’ve been doing really well with focusing on an overall monthly goal so that I don’t get too overwhelmed with the little stuff, but ever since I found out that I am pregnant, that’s kind of been on the back burner (understandably). I’ve pretty much just been taking everything day by day and not worrying about the details.

And that’s when it dawned on me – taking everything day by day and not worrying about the details has probably helped me the most when it comes to living well in 2017.

A lot of my life is spent on social media. I love it and sometimes I hate it. I love that I can see what my family and friends are up to even though I don’t get to see everyone as often as I’d like. I love that I can keep everyone updated on what’s going on in my life. I love the gorgeous pictures and inspiring captions that come up on my Instagram feed. I love keeping up with news and current events on my Twitter timeline.

But social media can be yucky too.

You probably know this already, but bear with me. Even though I don’t even have a little one at home yet (he’s still cookin’!), it’s hard to see moms that make delicious meals (no matter how infrequently) and seem to keep their homes spotless (even though I know that’s not reality) while raising awesome kids.

I know that I know that I know that everyone has struggles. Everyone is out there trying their best (for the most part). What I see on social media squares isn’t real life – it’s just what people want others to see.

It’s still hard not to feel “less than.”

I’ve felt convicted about this lately and want to make some changes. I’m going to say “yes” to taking better care of myself. Not only physically (because that makes a huge difference too), but emotionally and mentally.

I’m ready to say “yes.”

I’m saying “yes” to quiet nights in instead of always feeling like I have to do everything.
I’m saying “yes” to treating myself to a little something once in awhile because it’s okay.
I’m saying “yes” to not worrying about what other people are doing.
I’m saying “yes” to focusing on my family and what’s best for us.

What does that look like in practice?

It looks like putting on my pajamas a little earlier than normal and picking up a good book.
It looks like buying myself some ice cream or a new candle “just because.”
It looks like going on a walk to get my step goals in for the day.
It looks like spending less time worrying about meal planning and getting some Campbell’s Well Yes!® soups to make my mornings less hectic.

I’m your typical “snooze the alarm until the last possible second even though you know you have a million things to do before work” type of person. And that’s one of the biggest routines in my life that makes me feel less than. And I’m ready to say “yes” to not being rushed and not worrying about what I’m packing for my lunch so that I can focus on the more important things in life.

Campbell’s crafts their soups with delicious, real ingredients without compromising flavor so that I don’t have to worry about GMOs or artificial flavors and color and can worry about choosing my best “yes.” Plus, they usually have great coupon deals going on, which is an added bonus.

I’m doing my best to say “yes” to what’s best for me and it feels great.

What about you? How are you saying “yes” this year? Even though it’s already fall and it feels like 2017 is in a tailspin and 2018 is right around the corner, there’s still time. January 1 isn’t what’s life-changing… it’s your decisions that are.

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About Leah Van Ert

Leah is newly wed to her high school sweetheart and is a church secretary by day and blogger by night. She firmly believes in spending a little extra on high-quality cuisine, sleeping in, and the healing power of a good cup of tea. She currently lives in central Wisconsin where she was born and raised (and, yes, the stereotype is true - we really do love cheese).