Joanna Gaines Reflects on Past Year With Inspiring Message

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As each new year rolls around, people around the world begin to make resolutions and promises to themselves on the things they will start (or stop) doing, looking at the new year as a clean slate on which to build a fantastic year— including Joanna Gaines.

Joanna Gaines took to her social media following the first day of the new year to not only reflect on the past year, but to encourage others to embrace what the new year has to offer. And, of course, she included a photo of her sweetest part of 2018— her baby boy, Crew.

It’s always been my nature to reflect on the past and linger there a while. I find myself thinking about what I will miss and how life is just moving too fast. I mean Crew is already six months old and saying “mama” (I had to throw that in there, sorry Chip). Drake will be driving in two years and off to college in four. And just like that I have found myself mourning the past but now in future tense. You see what I just did there? This whole time thing can feel like a thief if you let it. 

I’m challenging myself in this new year to live for now. The present. Taking in every breath, every sight, and sound and holding it dearly. Not thinking about how the good ol‘ days have passed us by or how the best is yet to come. But that right now, this very second, this is the gift. These are the days. These are the moments. And I’m gonna breathe them all in. If there’s pain and sorrow, or happiness and hope, let it in and then let it out. 

I want to enjoy the now because it’s the only thing we can actually embrace. I want to hold it carefully. Hold it thoughtfully. I want to rid myself of the little distractions because I have found that these are the thieves that steal our moments and rob our days. But time, time is our most precious gift.

Here’s to seeing and finding the beauty, the hope and joy in the right now in 2019. And for goodness sake, let’s have some fun while we’re at it!

It’s going to be a happy new year indeed. Believing that for all of us.

Joanna Gaines Instagram / @joannagaines
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