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:
Curls!!
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.

7 comments:

  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 :)

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

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  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

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

    xoxo
    Petchie
    http://itsallofthelittlethings.blogspot.com/

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

    xo
    Classic & Bubbly

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  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!

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  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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