We Should Probably Add Joanna Gaines’s New Year’s Resolution to Our List

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, simplicity is key. But we don’t have to tell Joanna Gaines that. 

The 40-year-old Hearth & Hand designer shared an Instagram photo of herself drinking in a quiet moment with 6-month-old baby Crew and reflected on her single 2019 goal in a lengthy caption. 

She opened up about hoping to be more present, writing, “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).”

But Crew isn’t the only one growing up, Gaines went on to muse that her eldest son, Drake (13), “Will be driving in two years and off to college in four.”   

With all this change, the Fixer Upper star says she’s been “mourning the past but now in future senses,” and thinking of time as a thief.

Her solution? “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,” she wrote. 

Gaines finished by toasting the new year: “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!”

We can totally get behind that, Jo.

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