Its 2013. There are many of you out there who have made resolutions, that will most likely be
broken personal challenges to yourself. After a couple of weeks they will become more of a nuisance, and a way of adding more stress into your life. After thinking about 2012, I decided that instead of resolving to change something I don’t like about myself, it might be more beneficial to focus on the things that I do like and see if I can change my life/schedule to accommodate the investment in where I find enjoyment. Between working full time, running the ins/outs of our living quarters (cooking, cleaning, ironing-which I do not enjoy, etc.), trying to spend more time with family/friends, & starting my own business, I am starting off this year feeling completely exhausted.
Sitting back, I tried to come up with 12 things (one for each month) that could be fun, relaxing, beneficial to personal growth, or just a new experience. I think it is essential in recognizing whatever it is that infuses each of us so we feel revived, rested, and progressive in our day to day life.
Here is what I came up with (in no particular order):
1. Enroll in a photography class. I’ve always enjoyed taking photos, and starting January 19 I will be taking a basic digital photography dSLR class at a local community college.
2. Take more baths. I love how I feel in and after these long soaks and yet they never happen. In 2012 I probably took 2. Being a busy bee, I try never to be idle and yet I don’t stop…ever. This would be a nice time to just reflect and relax. Here is a picture of just a few bath products that have been in my “bath drawer” & will be used THIS year.
3. Enter a recipe into the State Fair of Texas cooking contest. I love to cook and try new things. This would be fun even if I win
first or second place. I will definitely update you readers when the time comes and share my recipe regardless of a big win or loss!
4. Get more organized. I am one of those women that has containers or cupboards for “items” to “hide”, but that is as good as its been. Its time to crack down and make an inventory of what is really needed and what can be thrown or donated!
5. Read at least 6 NEW books.
6. Use the local library as a resource to check out books and movies. Library cards are FREE. Most public libraries carry new movies, as well as movies on travel, excercise and films for the kids. They have fun exciting programs during the summer for your little ones (at no cost), and there are book clubs that you can enroll in.
7. Take a vacation to a different country. This year I am hoping for Italy- fingers crossed!
8. Buy a Groupon for a “stay”/mini vacation somewhere in my own state. Must be somewhere I’ve never visited/stayed!
9. Go to a concert for one of my favorite bands. (I would love to see Mumford & Sons) I’ve never been to a concert before (besides symphonies), EVER.
10. Get on facebook less. This is a hard one, because I get on for work, and also to promote this blog. However, facebook is such a huge time waster for me, & I am never happy with the wasted time when I finally “sign out”
11. Try to run a half marathon. Again. I was unable to do so this past December, due to a knee injury. The Dr. said if I try again, I should double the amount of training time, so as to give my body more time to get adjusted.
12. Lastly, I would like to do something nice for someone else, anonymously. I think I found it here, with Sew a Smile. What it is: You sew, knit, crochet etc. a blanket or a doll for a child in the hospital and it is then distributed by the hospital staff. My husband and I sponsor a child in a third world country, however, the child knows who we are (as we write letters back and forth). This Sew a Smile, would be perfect for around Christmas time and a great way to bless someone else:) with something that comes naturally to me (sewing)!
I am interested in what challenges or goals you have for this new year. Let me know!