Remember Brooklyn? And the bracelets that I committed to making, selling and then donating the money to Brooklyn and her family? Well, those bracelets have consumed my waking moments over the last few weeks. Orders, payments, getting addresses, volunteers to make the bracelets, stressing over when the charms would arrive....and finally, MAKING them today. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining in the least. I've enjoyed every minute of this bracelet making whirlwind. I've loved watching the order count climb higher and higher, knowing that more money is being sent Brooklyn's way. After multiple bracelets, knots, beads, hand cramps and FIVE HOURS LATER, all 109 Minnie Mouse bracelets are complete. Whew.
So. For this moment, I'm caught up on bracelets. We have no more orders coming in and the believe charms aren't here yet, so I can semi-relax other than taking payments. Which means...I'm BACK! With that, I'm going to do what every other blogger out there is doing today, on January 1st: making resolutions. A lot of people are super negative when it comes to making New Year's Resolutions. "Who keeps them?" "You'll make them and be back to your old ways by January 5th." "Resolutions are a waste." I, for one, completely disagree. I know it's just a symbol, but the New Year is a chance to start things fresh. I saw this completely appropriate and motivating quote on Twitter yesterday:
"Tomorrow (New Year's Day) is the 1st blank page in a 365 page book. Write a good one!"
New Year's is just that--a brand new year. It's no secret....2012 wasn't the best to my family or the best year of my life. A lot of things happened that made 2012 a year that I won't be sad to leave behind. So, here's to starting new things and hoping that 2013 is better than 2012 even thought about being!
My 2013 Resolutions:
1. Be a better daughter of God.
I LOVE my Jesus. I love listening to WJIE and being uplifted in my faith and feeling like I can take on the world. I love going to church and listening to the wonderful things that God has at work for my little church and little corner. But I'm terrible about praying. I pray when things seem helpless or when I need something. I need to start praying whenever things are great. Just to thank Him for another morning or another day with Marty and Avery. I want to "pray without ceasing" (1 thessalonians 5:17). I want to stop worrying about things and start turning them immediately over to my Father.
2. Be a better wife.
I will be the first to admit---I'm really hard on Marty. He does more than I could ever imagine as a husband and father. He helps me around the house, is extremely considerate, always puts me first, is an absolutely incredible father to Avery...and I still find things to nitpick. I don't even notice I'm doing it. I complain about things that aren't done instead of thanking him for everything that has been done. That's why I'm going to restart my "Proverbs 31 Woman" journey again. I want to be the kind of wife that makes Marty happy to come home to every day.
3. Start 2013 with only things I LOVE.
I'm a terrible hoarder. I buy things I don't need in the clearance bin, I buy furniture when it's super cheap, I buy clothes because they've been marked 75% off--but I don't LOVE any of it. Those clothes will come home and sit in my closet, never to be worn. That piece of furniture will come home with me and hide in our storage shed because I can't find a place that it looks exactly right. I want to start fresh and with things that I'm proud to show off and clothes that I feel great in.
4. Finish my "Hot Mama" journey.
This holiday season has wreaked some MAJOR havoc on my diet. I haven't stepped on a scale in weeks because I'm terrified of what it will read. My pants are fitting a little tighter and I'm only wearing the shirts that fall loosely around my midsection. Not anymore. More packing my lunch, less eating out and more feeling like a Hot Mama again.
5. Save money.
Here's where I've always struggled. I don't blow money, by any stretch of the imagination. But I do buy things here and there for $20 or under that adds up to a lot of unnecessary spending. No more quick trips through the drive through--an extra $5 in my pocket. STRICTLY sticking to our family budget--feeling more comfortable when it comes to paying bills and living everyday life. It's time Marty and I start living the way Dave Ramsey taught us when we took his class.
6. Learn to sew.
Plain and simple. I want to learn how to sew. And sew well.
7. Start crafting more.
It makes me happy. It's my equivalent of a girl's night out. It's a hobby that I love doing and is MY thing. I stopped crafting and painting right before Avery was born. I was exhausted and busy and stressed and overwhelmed and painting was the last thing on my mind. Avery's older now and is actually sleeping well (please, can't talk about it or I'll jinx myself) and it's time I start crafting for myself again. Make some extra money too.
That's it. Sure, there's a million other things I'd love to do this year, but I know that making a ton of resolutions becomes completely unreasonable. I feel these are things that I can do. With encouragement and a lot of prayer, I can complete these 2013 goals. Happy 2013 all.....can't wait to see the book you're writing this year!