It's hard to believe the new year is just a couple days away. It feels as if this year has just flown by so quickly. The last few months have absolutely been the best months of the year for me. I have grown so much as a person, emotionally and mentally, and I just feel like a whole new woman. It is a wonderful feeling to start the new year off with such a optimistic and positive feeling towards life.
That being said, I've decided to make 2011 my year. There are so many things I would love to accomplish and experience. So this is my 2011 list of goals && resolutions. I know that the chances of me accomplishing every thing on this list is a bit absurd, but at the very least I'd like to make an effort to try and work my way towards most of these. Baby steps, right?! :)
*Get Crafty. I would love to really start getting more crafty and get some cute, fun hobbies. Examples? Scrapbooking. I have so many boxes of pictures, not to count that thousands of pictures on my computer that need to be printed off. I'd love to learn to sew and make the girls cute little outfits and blankets and scarves. I'd also love to start making photo journals.
*Travel. I'm pretty excited about this one, since I have so many amazing trips planned in 2011. Phoenix next week, Vegas in may, a possible trip to the East Coast this summer to visit some friends. I'd LOVE to take a cruise as well, and I'm secretly planning on the most amazing mini vacation with Matt and this is one I'm most excited for, aside for next weekend of course! :)
*Buy a new car/truck. Pretty much speaks for itself.
*Get out && socialize! This is a pretty big one for me. I used to be a social butterfly and out and about going to concerts and art shows. Now, I find myself making excuses when friends ask me to hang out and I really want to make an effort to step out of my overly-comfortable zone and start going out and doing things again.
*Make new friends. I love meeting new people and would really love to make some more friends, especially younger moms. I have a close knit circle of friends, but the majority of them aren't parents and as cliche as it is, its really hard to relate to friends when they aren't parents themselves.
*Fall in love. Alright, so I don't necessarily mean run out and start looking for someone to fall in love with. But I think I'm at a point where my heart and mind are alot more open to the idea of meeting people and more optimistic when it comes to relationships, dating and love. I've become extremely selective when it comes to relationships/dating, I know what I want/am looking for and I just won't waste my time. But at the same time, I think I've definitely had a wall up in this area which makes it hard for me allow anyone to even get to a point of taking it to a level beyond friendship. So in 2011, I plan on, slowly and cautiously, opening my heart to the possibility of being in another relationship and if I'm lucky, even fall in love. It's definitely looking good so far and I'm anxious/excited/nervous to see what 2011 will bring for me & this person.
*Make more of an effort to have "me" time. I have absolutely fallen into the typical stay at home mom look. I used to be SO into getting my hair & nails done, and doing my makeup and just being ultra feminine. Now, 90% of the time I'm rocking a ponytail, no makeup and jeans && a tee, or even pjs, all day. I cant remember the last time I was able to take a shower and get dressed and do my hair and makeup. I'm lucky if I can get a shower in before 11pm at night. True story. My days are SO busy taking care of kids that the last thing on my mind is to throw some makeup on or curl my hair and put on a nice dress. I definitely plan on making more of an effort to get out of this phase and get the old me back. I'm tired of looking in the mirror and thinking "wow, what the hell happened to you".
*Be more adventurous/spontaneous. This again pretty much speaks for itself. The past few years I've become alot less spontaneous(being a parent has a way of doing that to a person). I'd love to be more outgoing and adventurous this year and experience new things.
*Work out! This is a huge one for me! I would really love to start taking care of my body more and changing my eating habits, which have become pretty disgusting honestly. I would really love to start getting more into yoga & pilates, being more cautious about the things that I'm eating and cut out the junk food/caffeine that is my usual daily diet. My goal? Bikini body by summer baby!
*Finish my tattoos && maybe even start some new pieces. I absolutely plan on finishing my sleeves up this summer, maybe start tackling this back piece thats been in progress for...ever! I also have some new amazing ideas that I would love to get started, time && money permitting.
*Bake && cook more. Recently, baking and cooking have become 2 things I've really gotten into and actually enjoy doing. So I would love to try at least 2-4 new recipes a month this year.
*Photo Blog. I've attempted to start a 365 the past couple of years and always end up not following through. This year, I am determined to see it through. So, not only will I start a 365 photo blog on this blog, but I plan on doing a self portrait 365 as well. I think it'd be really fun to see how much I change from day 1 to day 365 :)
*Start attending church regularly. I am really looking forward to this one. I've really opened my heart and mind to God this year and it has done some incredibly amazing things for my spirituality and my whole attitude towards life in general. I want to step it up a notch and start attending my church alot more regularly and really get the girls involved in it as well.
*School. I've hit a mini road block on this one, but its only a small detour and I am determined to start nursing school this year and begin the steps towards a career. I am SO excited and ready, you have no idea.
*Focus on my photography. Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVEEEE taking pictures. I always have a camera in hand, whether its my DSLR, a point and shoot or even a camera phone. Photography has always been a huge passion of mine but its mostly been a hobby, a creative outlet for myself. I really want to take it to the next level this year and start portfolio building and stepping into a more business-mindset and seeing where that takes me. I have so many people encouraging me and it is so wonderful to have such supportive friends & family as I venture into this.
*Be the best mother I can be. I would really love to start doing alot more things with the girls, as they get older, I feel like time gets shorter and shorter in the days. So I really want to take more time to do things with each of the girls individually as well as a family, more camping trips && family outings, like sporting events or musicals or whatever their hearts desire. I want to make this year a year full of amazing, loving fun family memories for us and I cannot WAIT to start planning these things!
*Be more patient. This is definitely something I really want/need to work on this year. Despite the fact that I'm a mother and that has a way of forcing you to be a patient person, I know that I am really impatient in almost all aspects of my life. I get overly frustrated/irritated/aggravated with people/things easily and I really want to find healthier outlets, like being able to just take a step back and take a deep breath before flipping out over shit.
*Move out of Sacramento. Enough said. Preferably to So-Cal or the Bay Area.
*Be more open to mending broken relationships/friendships. I want to start the new year off on a clean, positive slate. For this to happen, I really want to reach out and fix some of my less than positive/healthy relationships with certain people in my life and make an effort to work out our issues.
So, thats the list. I really hope come this time next year, I'll be able to check the majority of these off ! I have never been so excited, so anxious and so motivated. I'm changing my life, day by day, and gosh does it feel amazing.
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