Saturday, October 27, 2012

31 Days: What An Example I'm Setting By Missing An Entire Week

I have been a sorry excuse for a 'real' blogger this week. I had been loving the journaling aspect of my 31 Days series, and then all of this week got away from me. In my defense, my week was stacked with meetings, business travel, more meetings, a wedding, and an appointment that I was 50 shades of nervous about.

I was feeling a little down on myself about not meeting my goal, and then I remembered something. An important something. I have been using The Nesters 31 Days' prompt to write about the happenings in my life, and what goals I want to set for myself in the last year of my twenties.  But, isn't it true that a part of life is sometimes dropping the ball? Sometimes I won't have enough hours in the week to complete every project on my list, and I've written about this before. Sometimes I need to admit to myself that I don't have it all together, and I can't finish every last thing I set out to do. Sometimes, I may even need to ask for some help. 

So, I may not have reached my goal of writing every day for the entire 31 day period, but I am still proud of the accomplishments I did make this month. I wrote about memories, about finances and about being a homeowner. I have learned more about myself, and have allowed myself to stop and enjoy the moment, even though I'm still not 100% comfortable with the number twenty-nine. 

In the spirit of all of these little accomplishments, I thought I would rattle off a few of the items that I was planning to write about this week. A few simple and fun things that I want to have on my list of goals for the coming year.

Learn more new recipes. I started writing about this here already, but I do plan to continue my love of cooking this year. I'd like to try new recipes, bake some new things, and continue to keep my kitchen thriving. There is a joy that I find in cooking that is different than the joy I get from anything else at this point in my life.

Take more pictures. I used to be the absolute queen of taking photos and barely ever let a weekend of my life go by without documenting it with film or digital images. Since we bought our house I have been slacking in the area in a major way, and I need to put a stop to this. Thank God for Instagram, because without it, even my iPhone camera would be boring.

Complete a devotional. There I said it. I have a history of ordering the latest and greatest women's devotional, opening it once or twice and then allowing it to collect dust in the drawer of my living room coffee table. This year, I'd like to change that. I recently purchased the book Jesus Calling and would love to read through the entire thing before the big 3-0. That quiet time of reflection and prayer is an absolute must.

Finish Breaking Dawn and the 50 Shades Series. Well, I guess if I'm airing my dirty laundry bad habits, I may as well admit that I still have yet to finish the last 100 pages of Breaking Dawn. I almost had a panic attack when I saw the preview for the fifth and final movie, and realized it will be in theaters in just three short weeks. And that shiny new 50 Shades book that I bought close to five months ago? I still have yet to crack that puppy open. And, let's not even talk about how my husband finished the Hunger Games trilogy before me. I really need to get serious about my reading this year.

Schedule individual coffee/lunch dates with friends. This is probably the one I am the most excited about because I love spending one-on-one time with my closest friends. And, while this is something that I am already pretty good at, I want to continue to be intentional about making the time for the women in my life that matter the most. I mean, we all need some girl talk in our lives, am I right?

Dressing up for my husband. This is a big one for me. I always want to look my best for my man, but this whole working from home every day business has made me a bit lazier in the hair and wardrobe department. I will admit that some days I will rush up the stairs and throw on jeans and a top right before he walks in the door. I am sure that this will only intensify once we have little ones around here, so I want to be better about it this year. And, I guess that gives me an excuse to shop every once in a while too? Let's just go with that one.
Phew, it feels good to have written all of that out, and I can't wait to look back on this list six months from now and check on my progress. If you missed any of my 31 Days series, you can catch up on the rest of it here

1 comment:

whitney said...

So happy to have found your blog. Love it!