An Inspired Year: Beyond the Mundane in 2017

As I look towards 2017, I’m hoping to move beyond the mundane and live an inspired year. I’m not setting lofty goals nor making grand resolutions; I just wish to have 2017 be an enjoyable, interesting year for myself and my family.

The Year of Bethany

Late in 2015, I proclaimed 2016 the “Year of Bethany,” and I think I did a pretty good job. This past year I lost 40 pounds, attended a homeschool retreat, and started this blog. Not too shabby for a homeschooling mom of six.

I also spent some time thinking about what I enjoy. This is still a work in progress, and I hope this coming year will help me to narrow my focus. It is so easy as a mom to focus on everyone else’s desires and completely lose touch with yours.

I’m a Hummingbird

I’ll admit it; I never read Eat, Pray, Love and I’m good with that, but I do love so much of what Elizabeth Gilbert says about passion, curiosity, and life.

I’m a hummingbird, and I’m just beginning to find satisfaction in that. For years I’ve lamented that I didn’t have a “passion.” What was wrong with me? Why did everyone else seem to have this singular focus while I was frantically searching?

I felt like a failure. Defective.

How many people feel like I did, like something is wrong with them? The belief that I should have a passion kept me in a mindset of lack rather than abundance. I do think it will appear when you’re not looking for it, kind of like love.

Now, I think of myself as well-rounded. I am a hummingbird that floats from idea to idea and likes to keep things interesting. This serves me well as a homeschool mom since I find almost everything fascinating.

Inspired Year

So what is my focus for 2017? It’s to do things that I find interesting and pleasurable, to embrace being a hummingbird. Maybe it will lead to a passion; maybe it won’t. Either way, I’m pursuing a year filled with curiosity and inspiration.

What does an Inspired Year look like? For me, it’s reading more classics, starting with Great Expectations. It’s enjoying movies and music, pursuing some creative outlets and growing this blog. Also, making some time for self-care and solitude, which my introverted nature desperately craves.

It’s being intentional and not letting dishes, laundry and homeschooling expand to fill every minute of the day. It’s living an interesting life right alongside my family. It’s saying no to the things that deplete me and yes to those things that fulfill me.

Join Me

I’d love for you to join me in living an Inspired Year and rediscover what you enjoy. I’ve created printable worksheets that link to the books I’m reading, have sections for you to note your creative and self-care endeavors, and other little treats.

My goal is to make curiosity and inspiration a natural part of my day and to live those things in the presence of my family so that they can spill into all areas of our life together.

This is not another to-do list. It is a to-live list………..a to-be list.


Here’s a great podcast with Elizabeth Gilbert where she talks more about passion versus curiosity. This kept me company on my drive both to and from the Bravewriter Retreat this past July and is the beginning of my hummingbird acceptance.

Every day, I hope to read from Simple Abundance. It’s been quite some time since I’ve read this, so I’m sure it will be enjoyable.

My “classic” for this month. The only Dickens I’ve read is A Christmas Carol, so this will be a welcome addition.

So what are you, a hummingbird or a jackhammer?

Here’s to a fantastic 2017 full of days to enjoy and things to learn.

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About Bethany Ishee

Bethany is the mom of six, always-homeschooled children, who one day realized she'd lost herself in the process, probably under a pile of laundry. Her eclectic style of homeschooling draws upon Classical to Unschooling and everything in between.  While homeschooling her children and writing about learning outside of school, she tries to find time to read a book, drink coffee, and pay the bills.

One thought on “An Inspired Year: Beyond the Mundane in 2017

  1. Hi Bethany it seems like we have a few things in common. I can relate to not having one passion, I have so many and the older I get the more I am ok that I not so focused on one thing. I love learning and I am creative, and so exploring new ideas and projects is part of that. And I have a good friend that loves Elizabeth Gilbert’s writing and thinking. Will link to the podcast you recommend for her. Hopefully I can follow your journey this year, it sounds exciting!! So if you have an email list, sign me up! 🙂 And wow, the things you achieved for yourself this last year, amazing and inspiring!!

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