Am I the only one who resists jumping on the “New Year, New You” bandwagon simply because it’s a bandwagon?
I kick and scream just for the sake of kicking and screaming, because I don’t waaaaanna do what everybody else is doing.
Plus, it usually takes me a couple (or three) weeks to get into the swing of a whole new year, assess my current state and decide whether I want to make any notable changes in my life. (That's my excuse for this uber late New Year-related post.)
Last year, I made five big promises to myself:
1. Give more.
- What I said I would do: Admittedly, I can be a bit selfish. This year, I plan to take less and give more. To people we know. To people we don't. It's so easy to want, want, want. Time to show a little love to someone other than myself.
- What I did: Gave more! Granted, I probably didn’t give as much as I intended when I declared the goal, but I gave more nonetheless. Some recipients were people I know. Some were strangers. Good mix of giving, I suppose.
- What I said I would do: I must de-clutter, purge and simplify my life. For real this time. I'm getting rid of clothes, furniture, household décor. The excess must go. (This goal goes hand in hand with the "give more" goal, huh?)
- What I did: I kind of, sort of tackled this goal. If you ask my husband, he’ll tell you “once a hoarder, always a hoarder” (of clothes, photo frames and vases, mostly). Now that we’re moving into a brand new casa, this goal is a big priority for 2013. I’m getting rid of all kinds of stuff, and I LOVE it. Feels good to purge. Problem is: now I want all new stuff to go with the all new house!
- What I said I would do: This needs to be a priority for us. Jonathan and I love to sleep in on Sunday mornings (whatever "sleeping in" means when you have a baby), but we need to get our butts out of bed and introduce Elena to God. Yea, kind of important.
- What I did: Nothing (embarrassingly). My daughter knows Santa (who she refers to as “Tanta”), but if you ask her about Jesus, she looks at you like you have three heads. MAJOR fail. I'm working on it. Sort of. Not gonna list my excuses here. That's another post for another day.
- What I said I would do: This is probably numero uno for me. We're already so close to accomplishing this goal. I can taste it. By early spring, we'll be debt-free and one step closer to buying a house we love. Ohhh, I cannot wait!
- What I did: Mission accomplished! We paid off debt in 2012, and I started a new job in July. We’ve saved money like mad, and now we’re in the process of building a new home. We’ll be moving in a matter of weeks. I couldn’t be happier about it!
|The new house (as of January 13). Still lots to do, but move-in day is getting closer and closer!|
- What I said I would do: Cliché, I know. But I can't use the "I just had a baby" excuse anymore since the babe is almost eight months old. I'm still trying to figure out an action plan for this goal. Not sure how I'm going to fit exercise into my daily routine since I am tethered to a baby 24/7. (It's a common misconception that stay-at-home moms have plenty of time to work out. If you believe that, then you are so wrong.)
- What I did: In the spring of 2012, I started attending Barre3 classes, which I loved. But, the membership fee was quite expensive (especially when I was a stay-at-home mom trying to get out of debt and save money). In May (right before Elena's birthday), I discovered What’s Beautiful: Team Knoxville, which since changed its name to Knoxville Beauty Hunters. I worked out almost every day all summer, and transformed my mind. My body changed, too, by the way. But, honestly, I was (and am) prouder of the fact that I have no idea whether I lost 15 pounds in 2012, because I got rid of my scale. Letting go of the three-digit number that often dictated my self-worth was one of the best decisions I've ever made. All I know now is that I'm mentally stronger than ever before, and I can wear clothes I haven't worn in years. (Proof that sometimes being a clothes hoarder pays off. Hello, jeans from 2005!)
|Elena's first beach trip, and the first time in very a long time this momma bear felt comfortable in her own skin.|
As far as 2013 goes, I don't have any big goals to declare. Just gonna keep on living and loving (and blogging when I can find the time!).