Out with ’14 and In with ’15.

I find myself every year around this time thinking about the year in review and the new one in front of us and what I want from the next 365 days and myself.  I know the critics say that resolutions are dumb and no one follows through and this is not the time to change things up or refocus. I call bull shit to that.

Last year, I made this list of 14 things I wanted to accomplish before the year was over and I came up short- like really short.  And for a couple of months, specifically this fall, I was really upset that I wasn’t going to accomplish everything on that list.  I spent evenings beating myself up about it and whining to Glenn that I hadn’t done a lot of things.  Then, I looked again at the list and realized the trivial things that didn’t get done like learning Photoshop or reading the classics don’t really matter. I  thought about what we did accomplish and I felt pretty good. And added to that when I thought about the things we’ve done that I haven’t written about or things that have been accomplished as a family or by myself that I haven’t documented, I feel really pretty great.

We survived the Polar Vortex, got Cate some much needed glasses, made a trip to Florida that was so awesome, survived a kitchen renovation, taught Brady to ride a bike, spent a summer swimming at the beach, ate lots of ice cream, conquered the monkey bars, celebrated birthdays, cooked our first Thanksgiving and had a magical Christmas.  All in all, 2014 was pretty great.

As I think about 2015, I know this much.  I want to embrace the moments.  I want to be intentional with my time and my decisions.  I want to walk away from the things that force me to second guess myself and my choices.  I want to put my energy where it matters and in the people I love the most.  I want to document our life in a way that forces me to embrace the imperfections and take daily or weekly pictures. I want to nurture myself, my marriage and my kids. And, I hope that this space comes to be a place to remember it all.

Happy New Year friends! Make it the best one of them all!

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14 in 2014 Update January

The first month of 2014 is up so it’s time for an update on those 14 things I said I would do in 14.  This should keep me accountable especially for the short term things I am working on right?

1. Participate in either a sprint triathlon or a race that is 10K or longer.

Hmm…with a torn tendon running is on the back burner for now. So, I am working on strength and some light cardio.  I am really hoping if I do some strength exercises and physical therapy on my own, I will be back running soon!

2. Research, try and make a new recipe once a month.  So frequently we end up in a food rut in our house and I think with a little bit of effort we could try some new things.  And maybe, I could even share them here on this little blog.

Yes, we tried a new one early on in the month and it was terrible.  And I know some of you will disagree with me because it is one of the most pinned recipes on pinterest.  It wasn’t good.  I thought the chicken, bacon, broccoli and rice combo sounded good but it was heavy and took a lot of time to prep and we just didn’t think it was great.  To be honest, we hated it.    But, hey at least we made a new one!   So, then at the end of the month (Polar Vortex Round 2) we tried another Pinterest recipe for philly chesse sandwiches and it was a fail.  It tasted nothing like a philly cheese streak.  So, I am starting to lose faith in the reliability of the recipes on there. 

3. Teach Brady (with Glenn’s help) to ride a bike. Our strider bike attempt was a bust so with some new Big Wheels for Christmas we are hoping that a bike is in his future.

4. Begin a scrapbook project for our family that forces me to pick up my camera weekly.

Update (1/15) I have joined this 12 month photography group and I can tell you that I am already picking up my camera more.  Working on little things that I can learn and accepting I won’t be good anytime soon.  I am going to start organizing all my pictures from January and I have been writing little notes about the month so I can remember what we have done.

Update (1/27) I ordered a scrapbook from Artifact Uprising of our Life via Instagram 2013 and can’t wait for it to be delivered. I will be sure to share once I get it.  But at least we are printing pictures. 

5. Read at least one classic. I am a voracious reader but I have never read a classic.

6. Find a spiritual place that works for our family. My faith has been on the back burner since we had kids and it is time to explore and nurture that part of me.

7. Learn Adobe Photoshop once and for all.

8. Set a goal when it comes to weight loss and hit it.  No, I will not be sharing this one.  This has been a recent struggle for me privately and now you know so maybe it will hold me accountable.

I wrote about this here and I am pleased to tell you I am committed but my foot injury is not helping.  I have some time but I need to get moving. I hit my first goal so I am the proud new owner of a FitBit Force.  It’s amazing how much seeing the scale moves motivates me.  I am so close to my second goal and can test a trip to Athleta and Lululemon. 

9. For the rest of the school year, pack my lunch at least three times a week. No excuses.

So far, so good. I am on a tear with this one.  Not because I want to but because I am busy at work right now, so taking time for lunch is just not an option. This has been an easy one with a little pre-planning and I am learning that since I love to pick or graze small snacks/meals are the best option for me.   This first week of February will be a HUGE test for me with some work commitments. 

10. Watch the entire Breaking Bad series. Glenn and I keep talking about it and we need to start watching now. (This will require me not to go to bed at 8:30 every night).

11. Get Cate involved or signed up for something. Poor second child has been neglected and it’s her turn to do something… anything.

12. Call or send snail mail to my grandma once a month.

I did send her a birthday card in January for her February 1st birthday. That might be cheating but I got something in the mail. 

13. Finish decorating our main floor with the little things and big things. Shelves need to be filled and there are some walls that need love and at least one TV that needs to be mounted.

14. Have a quarterly meeting with my two best friends. I miss them.  Too often I find excuses about why I can’t so this year, I will organize and I say I can.  We text and talk but every single time I see them I miss them more and find myself wanting to do more, see them more and connect more often.

Well, we tried.  And the stomach flu hit two of our houses the week before we were supposed to meet a newborn. So, no it has not happened yet.  But we are trying. And have another date set just before Q1 of 2014 ends. 

 

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2014 {14 Things}

Well, hello there 2104! Glad to see you are here. I am ready for you.  I am list maker. Always have been and always will be. I make list of lists.  I like being able to cross things off these lists.  Glenn hates my lists. He hates the anxiety and stress they bring me.  But as my kids get older there is just so much I want to do.  For them. For me. For my husband.  So, here it is.  The new year.  An opportunity to set goals, refocus and reframe this little thing I call my life.  Here is my list of 14 things I want to do in 2104.

  1. Participate in either a sprint triathlon or a race that is 10K or longer.brooksI just got these new pretties so I am thinking that is a good motivator to hit the treadmill.
  2. Research, try and make a new recipe once a month.  So frequently we end up in a food rut in our house and I think with a little bit of effort we could try some new things.  And maybe, I could even share them here on this little blog.
  3. Teach Brady (with Glenn’s help) to ride a bike. Our strider bike attempt was a bust so with some new Big Wheels for Christmas we are hoping that a bike is in his future.
  4. Begin a scrapbook project for our family that forces me to pick up my camera weekly.
  5. Read at least one classic. I am a voracious reader but I have never read a classic.
  6. Find a spiritual place that works for our family. My faith has been on the back burner since we had kids and it is time to explore and nurture that part of me.
  7. Learn Adobe Photoshop once and for all.
  8. Set a goal when it comes to weight loss and hit it.  No, I will not be sharing this one.  This has been a recent struggle for me privately and now you know so maybe it will hold me accountable.
  9. For the rest of the school year, pack my lunch at least three times a week. No excuses.
  10. Watch the entire Breaking Bad series. Glenn and I keep talking about it and we need to start watching now. (This will require me not to go to bed at 8:30 every night).
  11. Get Cate involved or signed up for something. Poor second child has been neglected and it’s her turn to do something… anything.
  12. Call or send snail mail to my grandma once a month.
  13. Finish decorating our main floor with the little things and big things. Shelves need to be filled and there are some walls that need love and at least one TV that needs to be mounted.
  14. Have a quarterly meeting with my two best friends. I miss them. Too often I find excuses about why I can’t so this year, I will organize and I say I can.
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