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New Years Eve: BYOB (Bring Your Own Breastmilk)

Okay, so I have several reasons I am not going out for New Years this year. The top one is that nothing sounds fun about packing up my breast pump and cooler bag to at some point sneak away during a gathering to pump. That second B in BYOB was not intended, and for good reason, to mean breastmilk.

So, here I sit (and type this blog). Now, if I am honest, I am enjoying being home cuddled up on the couch and all its glory. I have always been made for the nights in versus out; sweat pants and oversized t-shirts are a part of my nature.

So, before I completely indulge in my New Years night watching some Real Housewives, I do want to consider my vision for 2019. First, because picking a word seems on trend, I will start there.


My word for 2019 is intention. I want to be intentional about everything this year. I want to be intentional about each and every action as a mother, wife, daughter, friend, blogger, employee — I want to be a human being with intention for good, kindness, love, grace, forgiveness and service. In 2019, I want to be intentional in my walk with God. I want to be intentional in time spent with my husband. I want to be intentional with each hug, snuggle and kiss I give my son. The words that I write for each blog, I want them to have a clear, thoughtful intention.

More than just a word, because I am type-A, I must also make a list. So here is a list of my vision for 2019. My intention is that by putting this list to blog, it will help hold me accountable.


I am jumping into blogging full force. I have so much to learn. I am learning my voice. I am figuring out my groove. I am equal parts scared and excited, but for 2019 I am committed.


This mom has to figure out how to stay up past 8 p.m. in 2019 so that I can squeeze in some adult time. I want to read a book. I want to talk with my husband. I want to do a load of laundry. Okay, I do not want to do a load of laundry, but I need to.


I need to open up my Bible. I need to pour myself into prayer. I need to read more devotionals. These are all ways that I can spend time with Him — allowing Him to work in me so that I may be a good reflection of His glory each day.

BabyMy sweet baby boy is my soul, so he is certainly part of my vision for 2019. I want to love him well so that he may know and feel he is loved and so that he can continue to develop into a wonderful person. I already know that he is sweet, kind and strong. I see it in his eyes, and it is already evident in his temperament.

So, I close this blog with a prayer for whomever may be reading this. I pray that your heart is full in looking ahead towards 2019. I pray that you will let God guide you in the year ahead. My prayer for you is that you may use your time wisely and know that each action you make matters. I pray that you know you are loved. Amen.

I am out dear readers. In approximately 1 hour my little man will wake up, he will nurse, go back to bed, and this momma will curl up with a good book (Girl, Wash Your Face) with Bravo on in the background. Yes — I can read and watch Bravo at the same time. That is the multitasking superpower of a mom. Truth: this is the New Years I have been waiting for.

Happy New Year!


by: Michelle Ryan

Courtesy of nap time and an early bedtime

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