Monday, December 31, 2012

Resolutions

It's New Year's Eve - and that means everyone will start coming up with New Year's resolutions.

Every year they're usually the same for many people - lose weight, quit smoking, read more, be a better person.

I'm really no different...except for the smoking thing. How gross to even begin with.

Anyway...I've been doing a lot of thinking lately - and here are a few things I'd like to work on for 2013 (and beyond) in no particular order.

1. Lose weight. Yes...I'm with everyone else here. I'd love to lose 15 to 20 pounds (though my husband thinks I'm crazy). Mainly I just want to become a healthier person. I want to eat better and go to the gym more (maybe start swimming again). And I'm hoping to be better about following Weight Watchers. It really does work!

2. Play piano. I've played piano for most of my life. I started playing around on it when I was between 5 and 7 I think. I taught myself until I took formal lessons for a year when I was 13. Since entering into adulthood (having to hold a steady job, being married, etc.), I have made less and less time for this beautiful instrument...which usually sits neglected in our bedroom covered in clothes. It's sad. So in 2013, I am going to start playing more. I've ordered music flash cards to help me read treble clef a little easier. I'm going to get my old piano lesson books from my parents and go through those again. It's been so long and I'm a little rusty on music composition.

3. Write more. One of my biggest ambitions in life is to write a book. I can't very well do that if I don't make time to sit down and write. So in 2013, I want to take time - even if it's just one night a week - to sit down for a couple hours and write. It shouldn't be that hard! But it is.

4. Become more organized. I don't know if it's just the holidays...or the fact that it's winter and we're stuck inside all the time...but I feel so unorganized! I feel like we have stuff overflowing everywhere in our apartment. I know we have stuff we can give to a thrift store for those who are in need. We are definitely blessed with having too much stuff.

5. Stay on top of saving money. Everyone wishes they had more money. We want to create a nice savings account so we feel safe. And so we can start a family and make sure our kids are well cared for someday - and have the money to send them to a good Catholic school!

6. Become more devoted to my faith. Sometimes life happens and you fall away from God. I feel that's happened to me at times. Things go wrong in life and we always seem to blame the big guy upstairs. So yeah, I want to work on having more interest in my faith. I go to church every Sunday...but sometimes I don't pay attention or think of all the things I need to get done or could be doing instead of being at Mass. I want to not do that.

7. Read more. I watch Netflix, movies and play way too many games on my phone. In 2013, I want to take time to turn the TV off, leave my phone on silent and enjoy a good book. I think I read less than five books in 2012. I want to turn that around this coming year.

8. Give my time, talent and treasure to those in need. I've never donated my time to a homeless shelter. And I've never had enough money to give what I want to those in need. Now that I'm married and have a combined income with my husband, I think it's time to figure out, in our budget, a good way to give to those in need. Or to find time in our schedules to donate a couple hours to helping at a homeless shelter.

9. Get my Etsy store started. This means making pendants and creating paintings to sell. But it's something I've always wanted to do - sell my artwork!

10. Spend more time with family. Especially skyping with my sister in California. I hate missing precious moments with her, her husband and their beautiful little baby, Vera. But I'm so busy and selfish with my free time lately that I have been bad at calling them. So this year, I'd like to make more time to call them regularly...even if it's just for 10 minutes!

This should be fun. And I think if I can do even half of them I'll be a much happier, healthier and thankful person.

XOXO,
MJ

2012

Well...another year gone by! It seems just like yesterday I was saying farewell to 2011 and looking forward to being engaged and getting married in 2012.

But really, what an amazing year. My family welcomed the birth of my sister's first baby...Vera Rose. What an absolute blessing she is for our family! It is heartbreaking that they live in California and we're not able to see them whenever we want. It's weird seeing her grow through Skype but at least we have that! She's turning into a very smart, strong and curious baby - and we're looking forward to watching her grow even more. Now if only they'd move a little bit closer!



2012 also brought me a year of wedding planning...well, almost! Kevin and I got engaged last December and were married just this past August. It was a fun winter/spring/summer full of wedding planning. My favorite part of the entire experience was trying on wedding dresses. A girl only gets to do that once in her life and what an experience it was! Especially the feeling you get when you've found the right dress!

And then the wedding itself...I don't really even have words. It is....as of this point in my life...the best day of my life. It couldn't have gone any better...and we were blessed with having so many family and friends present to share in our special day. I cannot believe I am able to spend the rest of my life with Kevin. I am the luckiest girl ever. Just looking back on that day still leaves me speechless.



Our families have been very blessed with good health this past year, as well. Everyone's doing really great - very healthy and happy. You just can't ask for more than that. God has been good to us - and for that I am most thankful. I pray He continues to bless us in the coming year(s).

So as 2012 takes its leave, I can't help but think it's been the best year yet. I think 2013 has a lot to live up to! And I think it just might! I cannot wait to see all the wonderful things 2013 has to offer for all of us - especially Kevin and I.

Much health, happines, peace and love to you and yours this New Year.

XOXO,
MJ