Monday, December 31, 2012

12 resolutions in 2013

2012 has not been kind.  I'm just gonna say it.  2012  has been the worst year of my life.  I'm not trying to be dramatic here.  It's just honest.  No hardship, trial, or trouble that I have ever faced compares with the grief and heartbreak of losing my Dad.  Nothing holds a candle.

We made it through the holidays.  It sucked.  Christmas morning was filled with tears.  Every gift was a "cry gift".  My Mom gave our 9 year old the iPad that she had bought for my Dad on their 39th wedding anniversary.  He died not even 4 weeks after that anniversary.  Reid opened the iPad and I could have crawled into the corner and sobbed.

But, we made it through Christmas.  It's one of those things that I felt like we had to overcome.  One of the many ugly "firsts"...

And, now, finally, 2012 is over.  Thank God, because I'm over it.

We need a fresh start, a new beginning, like never before.  New opportunities and new experiences and coming together as a family.  What is important to me has never been more clear.

It was easy to make resolutions this year. 

I am following the same path I took last year.  12 resolutions for the year - a new goal or habit each month.

Until our life completely imploded last July, I was actually doing a really good job with my resolutions.  When I look back at that list, I feel kind of proud at how much went RIGHT those first 6 months.  A monthly resolution was a good way to go.

You can do ANYTHING for 30 days, because you know that there is a definite end.  It's a lot harder to stick to something for a whole year.  And it's actually amazing what can be accomplished in 30 days. 

You can check out last year's list {here}.

Some of my resolutions from last year were copied over to this years list, because they are good ones for every year, and lots of them are new.

If you are stuck thinking about how to come up with 12 resolutions, here are some tips:

*think about what changes or habits would make the biggest difference in your life and the way you feel...just like that quote above, "what would make you the most proud in a year?"

*think about what gets you fired up {being creative, organizing, writing, painting, etc.} and make goals or new habits around those things.  If you are EXCITED about your 12, you are way more likely to actually follow through with doing them.  You don't have to be excited about the process, but make sure you are excited about where you'll be on day 30.

*think about the roles in your life {business owner, mom, wife, daughter} and see if there are habits you'd like to form or things you want to do {or do better} in those roles.

*think about unfinished projects you've never gotten around to.

*think about that ONE THING you always said wanted to do, but never found the time is THE time!

Get out your journal, find some quiet and make 12 resolutions to make 2013 the best year of your life!!
Happy New Year!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

tuesday randomness: catching up

Wow, it's been a little bit of a whirlwind the last few weeks.
Here is what I've been up to....via instagram, of course.

Finally broke down and got a Erin Condren planner.  I'd heard they were pretty awesome.  I've been using it less than a week and I am already completely addicted.

Prepped all these boxes and I am almost out again...tis the season!

Trying to steal kisses from this boy...
"Grant, please give mommy a kiss?  Pleeeease??"

Print from The Love Shop.  I got one for my mom too.  It was a little Thanksgiving Day gift.  Thanksgiving was pretty tough.  We needed the humor.

My Thanksgiving centerpiece: stalks of cabbage and brussels sprouts.  Love the colors.

Date night to see The Guardians with Reid.
{Fair warning: the Sandman dies about 20 minutes in.  Did not know that was gonna was kinda brutal.  We are not ready to see death, animated or not.} 
A walk on the pier to get out of the house and blow off some steam on a lazy Sunday.

The one time of year I get to shop in the girls section!!  Hats and scarves for my two favorites.
And pretty wrap too.  I could go crazy if I had a girl.

I was so excited when I got home and saw that Mark put the lights up! 
Monkey see, monkey do under the tree.  Lol.

Last years Advent was just way too much work for me and I was completely burnt out by the time Christmas arrived.  This year, I took the lazy route and picked up the Lego Advent Sets.  The boys are loving it.

My cute packages lasted about 10 seconds, maybe less.

Boots that I have been pining after that finally went on sale!  Yay me!!

The new Valerie necklace.  I am in love with it.

Working on the lights.  They always look so magical. 
{Shortly after this photo was taken, I had to make a 9pm Target run because we ran out and I had PROMISED Reid I'd get them done, even if I had to stay up all night!  I made good on that promise...and I also stayed up all night!!}
I hope you are enjoying the season!!

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