1. Eat healthier & cook more often. We eat out way too often, & we eat a lot of frozen pizza. They’re just so good…
2. Read at least two books per month. I have a list of 24 books I’m hoping to read/re-read… Let me know if you guys would like to see that list!
3. Be more open, meet new people, & get to know my friends better. This is probably one of the biggest resolutions. If 2012 taught me one thing, it is that I have very few true friends. & that’s okay. The ones I do have are wonderful, & they will be there for me through anything. But I realized that a lot of friends stopped hanging out when I moved 30 minutes away, & even more stopped hanging out once I got married (even though I’d been in a relationship for a year & a half, so really, our friendship wouldn’t have changed). Some of the ones that stuck around tend to be a bit flaky. Anyway… I’d like to have more female friends. Rachel & I both need them. I have some really great ones, but they’re out of state. I’d also just like to connect with more people, because that’s one of the things life is all about.
4. Encourage & give more often. Everyone needs a pick-me-up sometimes, & a little encouragement can never hurt, regardless of how someone’s day is going. I’d love it if you all would join me on this one! You never know when someone might need a little uplifting.
5. Try new things at least once a week. This could be trying a new restaurant (or trying a new food at a favorite restaurant), exploring a new location, trying a new hobby, etc.
6. Be a more giving, serving wife. For those of you who aren’t married, one of the first things you’ll learn when you do get married is that you are selfish. This is a goal I will continue to build on throughout my life.
7. Find a church home that really feels like home.
8. Get into a Bible-reading schedule. I let this fall to the side the past few months, & my Scripture studying has become really sporadic. I need to get into a daily routine that is easy to stick with.
9. Start doing yoga. My doctor has been telling me to do this for about 2 & a half years (since I first got sick). Flexibility will help with my circulation, which will help with my heart condition. So I should probably start that. He said it’s either yoga or ballet, & yoga is cheaper, so as much as I’d love to become a Black Swan… Yoga, it is.
10. Create something at least once a week, whether that be crochet, painting, or doing something fun with my nails. & create for others more often.
11. Do a 52 week (or a 26 week) photo project. I think 26 is more realistic at this point, with my current schedule. So probably that one. That’s every other week, for those of you who aren’t good at math.
12. Take pride in my appearance. I think this started with the stress of the wedding, or maybe all of my 5 am shifts at work, but I’ve been rocking a lot of ponytails, sweats, & t-shirts lately, even when I go out. Which is totally fine. But (& I do not say this out of vanity) God made us beautiful creatures, & I feel like I need to take pride in the way I look more often. & maybe put on real pants occasionally.
13. Find & start a blog that actually works. I love Tumblr, but I want a blog that is strictly for personal posts & craft projects. I’ve started two this past year, & both have crashed, so I might have to break down & pay for a website. This is actually my second time using Weebly, so hopefully it won't crash on me this time!
14. Find the courage to sing in front of people - even just a few. Laker has been trying to get me to sing at an open mic night with him since we first started dating, & my sisters have been trying to get me to sing with them for years before that. Eventually, it needs to happen. I guess. Maybe. It’s a huge fear of mine.
15. Make & keep up with a cleaning schedule. Our apartment will be spotless for about 2 days, & then it gradually gets messy again.
16. Make & keep up with a budget that allows us to save money.
17. Find job consistency - jobs with normal hours & steady pay, where we actually get to see each other for more than an hour or two a day, & have more than a day & a half off to spend together.
18. Go out of state at least 3 times. I think this is necessary for our sanity, & also, traveling is something I really want to do before we get several (& I mean SEVERAL) years down the road & start thinking about having kids. I want us to experience new places together as a couple.
19. More date nights with Laker. As I said, we have a day & a half off together each week, which is great, but we’re usually too exhausted to do anything. But whether that be a fancy dinner or a trip to Bricktown or even just a movie & board games at home, we need to have more date nights.
20. Get all A’s & B’s my last two semesters. Things have been crazy the past two years with my health problems, my engagement, the wedding, & new jobs/promotions. My GPA has dropped a little. Not badly, but it’s not where I’d like it to be. I think I had a 3.4 before I got sick, & I’d like to try to get it back up to that point.