Hello, Friends. Happy New Year! Can you believe it’s 2019? How are you doing? Are you loving the year-in-review posts? Are you being bombarded with articles about goals and resolutions? Are you feeling like the new year has brought you a fresh start? Or do you find January is full of unnecessary pressure?

I tend to really enjoy looking at the year ahead and thinking about what I want to accomplish. I like making goals and resolutions, and it’s a practice I think my kids enjoy too. But I admit that so far, I haven’t made any goals at all for 2019. It’s nothing dramatic — I just haven’t made time yet. We got home from a big trip to Lake Tahoe and Utah last night (I snapped the photo at top in Wellsville, Utah), and I’m feeling like I need to tackle some practical things — like unpacking and putting Christmas away and laundry — before I’ll get the urge to sit down and do some good planning.

Plus, the kids aren’t back in school until next Monday, so our schedule still feels like semi-vacation, you know?

But I have been thinking about gratitude over the last few days, and I like the idea of beginning this year full of thanks. So I’m going to list five things I’m thankful for as I start 2019. And I hope you’ll tell me something you’re grateful for too.

– I’m grateful I got to have my kids altogether for the holidays. Our family is at a stage where kids are leaving the nest, and moving forward, we won’t always have them around. So I’m trying to be mindful of how beautiful and wonderful it is to be together; how complete it feels when we’re all hanging out together.

– I’m grateful for this house. It’s a satisfying place to come home to and I truly enjoy being here. Not everyone gets to live in a house they love. I’m very lucky.

– I’m grateful I get to interact with people who value education. With people who are curious, who want to learn more, who accompany their opinions with knowledge and experience. (People like Design Mom Readers!)

– I’m grateful to have Ben Blair as my partner in life. It is an awesome thing to have ready access to someone who takes my ideas seriously and helps me refine my thoughts. I hope everyone on earth has someone in their life like that.

– I’m grateful for the opportunities I get to reset — a good sleep, a weekend or holiday, a new month, a new season, a new year. I really value that feeling of starting fresh.

Your turn. What are you grateful for as you start 2019?

P.S. — If you want to make resolutions with your kids and don’t know where to start, here is a simple format that has worked well for us.