Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's Eve & 2012 Resolutions

2011 was a year of ups and downs.  Ryan was technically home, but his ship happened to be out to sea the majority of the year.  School was extremely challenging, but I graduated!  Moving without Ryan wasn't fun, but thanks to friends and family, the move was successful! A few close and very admirable lives were lost and will be remembered with smiles on our faces, tears in our eyes, pride in knowing them, and love in our hearts.  J-man came to live with us!   Emotions ran high. Challenges were plenty, but conquered with determination.  Overall, it was a year of growing and learning.  Here's to hoping 2012 is rocking with less tears and more smiles, new adventures and lots of love!  Happy New Year!

My Night Through Photos:
Me and my honey!
I love these two!
It's nice to start the new year with goals and a sense of extreme ambition, but when those goals aren't accomplished, it's quite the downer.  This year, instead of setting the annual lose 10 pounds and workout more, I have decided to improve my health and general state of well being in other ways.

Number One: Have a More Positive Attitude
Over the past few years I feel as if I've become much more negative or less optimistic and I don't like it, so I am going to change it starting now.  Yes, this transformation has officially begun.  To achieve my positive attitude goal, I have strongly encourage Ryan, with a little guilt, to join me in my mission.  It's easier to have a partner in crime!

Number Two: Write More Letters
I love, and I mean LOVE, receiving and writing letters, so I am going to write a bit more this year and hopefully make others smile!  This is in addition to birthdays and holidays.  It's the receiving a handwritten letter in the mail on a rainy Tuesday excitement that I want people to feel. 

Number Three: Be More Creative
In my personal style and home decor, I plan on being a bit edgy and embracing what I think works well together as opposed to what catalogs tell me work well together.  In achieving this goal, I will become more confident and expressive in my style...hopefully!  Cooking is another aspect of life that I want to be more creative in...try new recipes, making more from scratch, maybe even starting a cookbook...that's really ambitious though.

Number Four: Health & Happiness
Eating healthier, getting outside, drinking more water, flossing more often, using lotion, smiling, praying, reading, more dates...doing things that are better for my body.  I am not putting a weight loss goal on myself.  I am putting a be healthier in all aspects of life goal on myself.  Let's see how this works. 

And in brief, I would like to incorporate the following into my life a little more in this 2012 year:
Dancing...I love to dance, but haven't done much of it lately, so I'm breaking out my dancing shoes this year!
Photography...with my sweet camera and new editing program, I am determined to improve my photography skills.  This isn't quite a new year resolution; it's more of a I have time, so I'm finally going to do it!
GMATs...Yes, they are being taken before March.  I am determined to study and do well on them.  Don't ask me my score.  Standardized tests are NOT my specialty, but if I want to go for my Phd, I must do well on them. 
Couponing...Over the past few months, I have fallen off the bandwagon and it is time to hop back on.  Time to bring on the savings!

Oh and being employed would be nice, but that isn't something I can achieve solely on my own.  The applying process, oh I've got that down, it's the being hired process that is a little shaky these days. 

I wish all of my friends, family, and readers a blessed 2012! 

Much love.


  1. Love the curls! You look great! Good goals. Seems like you accomplished big milestones this year. Best of luck for a healthy and happy new year :)

  2. Thank you, Marjorie! I love having hair long enough that I can curl and not look like Shirley Temple :)

  3. I love the picture of you and Ryan...great shot of both of you! You look so cute in all of the pictures, Sarah! You have terrific resolutions; I'm taking a slower approach and still working on mine. It was wonderful having you for Christmas! Happy New Year, Sweetie! Love, Mom

  4. Love your hair it looks pretty! Great resolutions, happy new year!


  5. Your night looked so fun!! I love your plans for 2012. I hope it all works out for you!!!

    Classic & Bubbly

  6. You can roll you dancing goal and health goal together and dance everyday! Sounds like a blast to me! And your curls are adorable!

  7. Found your blog through Stesha and I totally agree with her, your goals for 2012 are perfect. They are very accomplishable but very productive and positive things. Happy New Year!


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