Year of Change 2020: A Year of Maintenance

A year of nothing new. A maintenance year. A year of taking it easy. Whatever I call it throughout the year, it all means the same thing: This year, we're taking a little break from all the busyness, trips, and big life changes. For the past 6 or 7 years my wife and I have gone through a lot of changes and done a lot of things. We're in our late twenties and have been married for just over 5 years and those 5 short years have been a whirlwind of activity and movement and changes and holy crap we're pretty tired. We haven't taken time to slow down, take a few steps back, and take a good hard look at the direction we're headed.

To give you an idea of what we've done since ~2013, here's a short list of some of the pretty major changes and events in our lives: I moved back to Utah and started at a new college, bought a car, got a job, we both graduated from that college, we got married, we moved into our first apartment, Sarah got a new job, we bought a second car, we moved into our second apartment, we bought a house, we renovated most of the basement in our new house, we had a baby, I got a new job, we rented the basement to some family, we traded in a car for a new one, we tore down a shed and built a deck, and during that time I was trying to do monthly or quarterly habit experiments, some of which succeeded and some of which failed. We've also taken trips to California, Moab, Hawaii, Florida, NYC, several national parks, and Philadelphia. And those are just the major events. We've welcomed new nieces and nephews, had family weddings, taken shorter trips, and on and on.

What I'm trying to get at here is that our short married life has been amazing, wonderful, and very busy. We've been through a lot, planned and unplanned, over the past 7ish years. And we felt it was time to take a break from these major planned changes.

So we're taking a maintenance year instead of seeking out major changes, projects, trips, or life events. Of course, things are always changing and some things we just can't control. But we've decided that what we can control should be put on hold as much as possible until next year.

We've done so much and it's all been so amazing! I wouldn't go back and change anything that we've done or do anything differently. This year of maintenance is not about feeling guilty for being so busy or having such a full life. Rather, it's a recognition that sometimes instead of always rushing from one thing to the next and being in a constant state of change, it's healthy to sit down and rest for a season.

So, here are a few things we won't be doing this year:

And as part of our maintenance year, here are a few things that we're trying to do more often:

And that's my year of change this year. The real change is that we're not planning on much change at all. So I'll be calling this our Year of Maintenance. I'll provide updates as I remember during the year to let you know how it's going (probably not as smoothly as I think). I'm also planning to write an in-depth reflection at the end of the year to see how a year of maintenance compares to previous years.

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