The new year is fast approaching, and it’s got us thinking about what we want when we return to the US in 3 months or less.  First and foremost, with the new year we want to improve ourselves, each other, and increase as parents to Carter.  Here are a few things we’re going to be doing to improve these relationships:

Self:

  • Personal scripture study/prayer/meditation
  • Talking about personal needs with spouse (time alone, extra time for personal study/journal writing/exercise) and fulfilling them
  • Seeking out positive and uplifting quotes, videos, or stories

Husband and Wife:

  • Companionship scripture study/prayer/reflection
  • Making time for at home date nights
  • Serving each other in small ways every day (making the bed, fixing meals, etc)
  • Complimenting each other

Parents:

  • Be patient and willing to put Carter’s needs above our own
  • Remember that being parents is a divine role to be grateful for
  • Each separately spend quality time with Carter every day
  • Constantly and consistently tell and show Carter how loved he is

Now that we have the boring stuff out of the way, we have some REALLY BIG goals for 2015, and you’re gonna want to hear them!  We have loved this current chapter in our lives as we’ve been traveling around the world and it has planted a seed deep within us to make travel a primary part of our lives.  We’ve experienced so many wonderful things while traveling, as it provides unique situations for us to grow and develop spiritually, emotionally, and physically that we can’t experience at home.  We want to continue to share our passion with our children as we grow our family, so we knew something had to be done. Here’s what we came up with:

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Starting now, every year we will be living in another country for 1-3 months.

This means that we are now tasked with the need to create a lifestyle that allows us to budget, plan, prepare, and then completely “unplug” from the United States and live in a different country annually.  Which leads us right into our next BIG news…

There are several things that we’re doing now and will continue doing when we conclude our trip that contributes to this lifestyle (working from home, minimalist living, etc.), but there’s one thing that will go a long way, and it’s our top goal for 2015:

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We’re building our own (tiny) house!

Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s clarify: by the end of 2015 we’re going to have our very own tiny home that is able to be transported, is complete (meaning it’s got its own bathroom, kitchen, living space, etc.), and securable for the period of time that we will be traveling every year.  We still don’t know where we’ll be putting it for the longer-term, but we’re not too concerned about that just yet.

There have been so many things racing through our minds the last few weeks as we’ve realized that this is what we want, and it’s still very unorganized.  We’ve stayed up way too late into the night and completely pushed off Scott’s work days (hey, it’s Christmas) as we’ve talked and talked and talked about this and it’s even been consuming my dreams the last few nights!  We have a lot to do before we can even start this project, but we’re very excited for this next chapter of our lives.

In the coming years we’ll be able to travel as a family with essentially no financial commitments back home—and the next time we go out, we’ll actually have a home to come back to :).  We’re excited for the last 3 months of our trip and the experiences we’ll have; we’re excited that we’ll soon be reunited with family and friends, we’re excited to overeat at restaurants we’ve missed from back home (mhmm… Cubby’s, we’re talking about you), and we’re excited for everything else that 2015 has in store for us!

So now it’s your turn: what are some of your epic resolutions for this coming year?