Saturday, December 31, 2011

A 2011 Recap {in resolutions}

I love the end of the year, looking back to see where I was this time last year, seeing where I've come, and what I hope this year will bring.

Here were my "Hopes and Dreams" for 2011:

1. Live every day like its my last, and stop my complaining. Remember everyday the amazing blessings that I have been given. I think I complain too much which doesn't convey how happy I am with all the blessings I have. Not done as well as I had hoped. 
2. Go to bed by 11 p.m. every night except for special occasions. Not done nearly as well as I hoped.
3. Read instead of play computer games after the girls go to bed (now that we don't have Direct T.V. this should be easier to do!) so I can actually read 25 novels this year (children's books don't count!). Reading books? I have read much less than 25 this year. And a reading goal of that magnitude will not be on my 'to do' list this year either. Too many other projects.
4. Wake up with Annabelle's 6 a.m. feeding and go for a run/walk 3x a week instead of crawling back into bed when she falls back asleep. I started out very strong with this. All of January and most of February.  Then Annabelle stopped waking up at 6 a.m. . . .
5. Run the Avenue of the Vines 5K in 30 minutes.  Done! Wait - not the Avenue of the Vines. I ran that in 34 minutes, but I did run another 5K a month later in 30 minutes.
6. Lose 10 lbs by the end of June and another 10 by the end of the year - and I know they say not to make weight goals, but whatev' - I need want a number to attain to, thank-you-very-much.  Done and then some. I lost over 30 pounds this year and have never felt better in my life. Thank you Dr. Furhman and your book, Eat to Live.
7. Volunteer at the church more. I want to begin visiting shut-in's with the girls like my Grandmother did and still does. I want to have people over for Sabbath lunches at least once a month, if not more. I want to reach out to the community. After moving in with Grandma this one did not get done, but I have kept up with my previous volunteering in our girls Sabbath School classroom.
8. The bus stop is only about 50 yards from our front door, I want to utilize this city service this year instead of driving our own car when we have errands to run in town. Didn't get this done before our move.
9. Read the bible daily, ideally in the morning with the girls while we eat breakfast, or otherwise in the morning after my jog/run. Done. And then not. And then done. I need to keep up with this better still, but I call it a win.
10. Create a vegetable/herb garden and maintain it through the year. I worked hard on my garden getting it ready to plant before we realized we would be moving.  Our new location did not allow us a garden.  I cannot wait to live in a place where we can garden again.
11. Start project 365 and stick with it (working on making a new blog for this project that I will link to on this blog in my sidebar, or top page button). Done! I may be behind posting the pictures to the blog - but i have taken a picture a day this year AND kept up a blog.  I plan to keep this up for 2012

Overall, how did I do? 4 out of 11? Sounds terrible. However, some of these goals became obsolete after our move. So, when we moved I created a new resolution: write a book.   After writing 63,000 words towards my first draft of my novel,  I say that trumps everything else that I did not accomplish on this list. 

2011, despite all the many hardships, has been monumental. Life changing. Mind-blowing.  Awesome.  I have never felt the power of God and the Holy Spirit as I have this year.  God is real, alive, and moving in our lives in a way I never expected.    My theme song for the year is Hillsong United's, "Hosanna."

I hope 2011 was just as amazing a year for you as it has been for us.

{Stay tuned for a 2011 year in recap in pictures later today . . . }