Thursday, January 2, 2014

Welcome 2014, It's nice to see a fresh face

It's a new year and I feel compelled to reflect on the old one and explore my expectations of the one to come.

For me, 2013 was a pretty average year. It had it's ups and downs. I wouldn't call it a great year or a horrible year.

Some highlights of 2013 include:

-Spending the week of 4th of July in Alaska, celebrating to holiday as well as family friends' wedding...and plenty of salmon fishing!

Our first day's catch! Twenty-three salmon!
 It's so beautiful up there. Even when the sun decides to spend the day hiding behind the clouds.
 Our ride from Craig back to Ketchikan.
I was walking back to the house and those two eagles just landed right there on the railing in front of me. So cool!

-The 3rd annual Rome Valley Vineyards winemaker's dinner at Club 33 in Disneyland. 

Jim, me, BJ and Ashley in our finest formal wear. 
 BJ wanted to make sure I took photos of everything, including that bathrooms, which, by the way, are fabulous. I decided to get a little silly with it.
 Pretending...only pretending...like I'm going to stop into the men's room.
They sure had some delicious food at this dinner! 

- Our hike at Grover Hot Springs. Despite the fact that I was pretty much terrified the entire time that a mountain lion was going to pummel us. 

-Celebrating Jim's dad's wedding, both at the wedding and at Nancy's "ladies night!"

 The girls! And my very first jello shot. And before you ask, yes, I did go to college.
The hotel we stayed at was called The Tollhouse, and not only did they have chocolate chip cookies, but they also had a fire pit and S'MORES!

The big day!

-Celebrating our second year as husband and wife!

(P.S. This photo was not taken on our anniversary. It's just a cute photo.)

Those are only some of the highlights. Other than that, I celebrated my 30th birthday, as well as that of some of my friends and family. We hosted our first Thanksgiving at our house. We took the little boat out fishing on the river a number of times. We had trick-or-treaters at our house for the first time. And plenty more that I'm just not thinking of at the moment. 

As for 2014....

I don't believe in resolutions. I've spent enough years at a gym to know that they never work out. It's a stupid idea to think that just because you changed the calendar that you can change your life as easily. Resolutions are for people who want to change, but don't expect to have to work at it. 

That being said, I have a few expectations for 2014, things I want to do or get done. 

-I want to create a lovely back yard by summer.

When we bought our house, there was some awfully laid sod that resulted in patchy, nasty grass. We killed it. We want to put in some nice stones and some raised garden beds. I'd love to accomplish this by summer so we can enjoy spending time out there in the warmer months. 

-I need to make some lasting changes for my health. 

Since the night I spent in the hospital with blood clots in my lungs, I've done a lot of research and talked to my doctors and my brother about how to avoid clots in the future. I need to make sure to stay hydrated, keep my body moving so my blood keeps moving and make sure I don't sit for more than two hours at a time without a break. 

In order to accomplish these things, I have purchased two 24 oz water bottles, one of which lives in my car and the other on my desk so I have constant reminders to keep downing the H2O. Also, for Christmas I got a Fitbit One, which is like a glorified pedometer and tells me how many steps I've taken, how many calories I've burned and also tracks sleep. It's a pretty neat little gizmo.
It allows me to set goals and keeps track of them as I go along, so in order to "keeping moving," I have a little friend who hangs out on my bra and keeps me in check.

-I want to continue to practice gratitude. 

For the past few years, I've been trying very hard to change my outlook on life. In a nutshell, I spent most of my younger life feeling like I wasn't good enough, like I needed to pretend to be someone else in order to survive the world. I've since learned that that's just not the case, but it's hard to keep that at the forefront of my daily life. It's a conscious thing I have to remember to practice every day. And a big part of that practice is gratitude. Last year I read a quote, on a necklace of all things "The Gratitude of Lacking Nothing," it said. And it really touched me. I lack nothing in life and I must remember to be thankful for that. So this year I'd like to continue to remember that, to remind myself of it because life could be a lot worse. 

-Juice.

We made a deal, Husband and I. We'd buy the expensive Cadillac of juicers if we promised to keep using it, even though it requires more work. We haven't. I need my juice. It's good for me. It makes me feel fabulous.

-A Stamp.

I want a stamp with our name and address on it. I keep thinking about buying one. In 2014, I will buy my address stamp.

-I will write. 

I love to write, but I let fear keep me from it. I'm kind of a wimp when it comes to my fear of writing. But I'm not going to let fear take this joy from me any more.

-I will practice yoga. 

I already bought a 20-class punch card. Go me. 

Happy 2014, friends. I hope it delivers all you hope for. But don't depend on the year itself to bring you joy. You're responsible for that one all by yourself. 

And if anyone cares to share their expectations of 2014 or highlights from 2013, feel free.

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