Monday, January 7, 2013

12/30/12: Alex brought me flowers after a hard day in marriage-land.

I realize I'm a little late to the party on this, but it has come to be a tradition of sorts. I throw myself into Christmas, it's over and I walk around in a haze for a week, then I finally sit down and put some goals together and am usually finished writing by mid-January. I never really get into the traditional resolution spirit (lose 10 pounds, exercise more, get a promotion, etc). I really don't want to re-do anything. Mine are always more like prosolutions: Get proactive and intentional about life. I'm pretty much a Christmas freak, but New Years holds a place in my heart too.

Maybe it's because I'm a list maker, which Alex makes fun of me for at least once a week. I make grocery lists, to do lists, goal lists, book lists, project lists - the paper trails in my house are unimaginable. Or maybe it's because I love a fresh start - who doesn't? (That's kind of why I love grocery shopping. Blasphemy, I know, but it's like therapy for me. I used to beg my mom to let me go grocery shopping for her when I was younger, and she did. She would drop me off with cash and a list and I would do it all for her.) It just feels good to look back on a hard year, breathe, and tell yourself you can make it through another. It feels good to assess where you are now in relation to last January. It feels good to get motivated. So here are some things I would like to accomplish in the coming year. I know I don't know a lot of you, but I like to think of my readers as friends that I just haven't met yet, so introduce yourselves and tell me what you're trying to accomplish in 2013.

  • Read 20 books: five classics, two parenting, three spiritual, five memoirs/biographies, two of Alex's favorites, and three others. (If you're interested in seeing the specific ones I choose, check out the 2013 shelf on my goodreads.)
  • Organize three areas of our life that need it the most: the filing cabinet, the recipe box, and the family pictures.
  • Do three new things to help us save money. We're getting chickens in the next few months, which will help curb the cost of our love of eggs. We're planting a garden in the Spring, which may or may not help with our cost of groceries (depending on how green our thumbs are). I'm also going to try two new recipes for homemade household items (toothpaste and deodorant) and be more diligent about using cloth baby wipes, cloth napkins, and reusable grocery bags.
  • Be more intentional and diligent about budgeting: Pay off one credit card and put at least $1,000 in savings by the end of the year.
  • Learn three new things: how to can, use my camera on manual, and knit.
  • Open an Etsy shop. I have had plans to do this for a few months now, but it's going to take quite awhile to build up my inventory enough, so my goal is to have it up and running by August/September.
  • Get outside every day, as soon as Spring is here. This is going to be a year full of family walks, hikes, bike rides, picnics and tons of trips to the farmer's market, zoo, and local parks.
  • Blog at least once a week, not out of a feeling of obligation or for blog growth, but because it makes me feel good to write. It's rewarding to look through the archives and see the growth of our family.
  • Do an activity or craft with Evie each week. I think we will both like breaking up our week of chores and naps and trips to the grocery store with something different and fun.
  • Take more pictures. Last year I started a 365 project, which was (obviously) unsuccessful. A month and half into it my camera fell out of my backseat and into a parking lot. I tried my best to keep up with it from my phone, but it just wasn't manageable. We were finally able to get my Nikon fixed in December, so I am making an effort to try the project again. As I figured out last year, posting a picture a day is pretty much impossible for me, so I'm going to try posting them all once a week. I want to remember some of the little things like what the sky looked like on the first snow day of the winter, the flowers Alex brought me when we had both been a little tense that day, or Evie's first battle with aluminum foil. Life is fleeting and having a camera in hand helps me remember that each day.
  • Bake something new each month. James over at Bleubird, is going to bake a cake each Sunday this year and while I love cake and baking and Sundays, I just don't think I could commit to doing it every week. So I'm going to try a new dessert recipe each month, which I also hope to share with you guys.
  • Make more time for my husband. At the end of the day, I usually just want to take my victory lap and go to bed, but Alex and I have been missing out on a lot of time with each other because of this attitude. So I'm going to put aside my desires at times and make time for him - to cook together, read together, talk, and just enjoy each other's company. We don't do that enough.
"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who think you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art - write or draw or build or sing. Live as only you can and I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself."
- Neil Gaiman


  1. Organizing the pictures sounds easy - but especially if you have them digital and you did not organized into folders as you go, it can get pretty hairy! I really like your pro-solutions. I wish you the best of luck and I look forward to spending the year with you!

    1. My daughter was a pretty needy newborn, so I didn't get the chance to sit down and organize the pictures very often. They're just a mess! But I'm staying on top of it this year! Lol. Thank you for the comments - looking forward to seeing what you document too. :)

  2. That's a great list, and you have such a lovely blog. You've motivated me to start my own list, I am aiming to live more in the moment and not worry so much about the future, write more songs, socialise more (I'm socially awkward, ha!) and have new experiences.

    1. Thank you! Oh, I've always wished that I could write songs! I'm just musically retarded, I think. Lol. . . and socially awkward too. Don't worry. ;)

  3. Love your list! Sounds like they're all great things to get done. :-)



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