Rabbitquilter made a good point in her comments that I seem to have posted a long list of things to do or change in 2014, and yet a little while ago, I was talking about slowing down. She's absolutely right.
The difference is that I have changed the focus. A lot of the things in the list are about me for a change, things for me, personally. There's nothing in there about knitting madly as I did in 2013 to send woolly hats to Romania, or busting a gut teaching after school gym clubs three times a week in local schools.
I have slowed down a lot, and recognised that day to day, I have sometimes enough of a challenge just to get through the day with the FH and his pain and problems, dealing with the taxi-service that is my dedication to the girls, and just keeping going with the things I want to do in the village, like the cookbook for the chapel. I think I have hinted yesterday that I might want to stop doing some things, and some people may not like that, as I have made myself a reliable part of the organisations, but whilst I have been reliable, that does not make me irreplaceable.
Our financial goals are also about the family. Every penny we manage to save and squirrel away now is a buffer for the future, when we don't quite know what will happen. I am buying my family time in the future to think, to pray and to make measured decisions.
Pushing myself too hard is not on the agenda this year at all. I want to make my life a little smaller, a little less stretched, and a lot more focused on God and family. This blog is an extension of that, in that I have found a huge network of supportive folk out there on whom I can rely for advice and wisdom, courage and support, and you all deserve to be cherished. Thank you.