Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hello, 2014!

New years is a wonderful time to reevaluate your life after figure out what needs change or improve!  I think we should do it all year long, but this is the time when I really sit down and figure out a good starting point!  This year my goals are going to be hard!  I'm going to challenge myself to be so much better than I have ever been!  If I can pull it off I will be better in every aspect of my life!  I'm excited and a little nervous to see if I'm strong enough to rise to the occasion and to really do this!

So here they are, 

-Ready Scriptures, EVERYDAY!
I don't care if I open up to a random page and read a random Scripture, I want to have this daily wholesome habit down!  I'm going to try to focus on the BOM, but that won't be an actual goal this year!

-No chocolate for 3 months (and then reevaluate!!)
This has become an addiction of mine.  I can't go a day without it.  I think about it all the time, and often I give it.  I don't want ANYTHING to have that type of power over me, I want to eat in moderation and to be able to say no!  So this WILL be hard, it's my "coffee", I can't go a day without it without getting a headache!  So pray for me lol!

Chris will be out of the military in just a few months and although we have plans, I want to have as much saved as we can!  I also want to work as much as I can and really get my business running steady so if we have to live off my income for awhile, we can!  I'm also making a goal list for my business but that won't be posted here. :)

I want to get a better, more regular schedule going.  I want everyday to be more planned out, and I want to be in bed with the TV off and a reasonable time(10-11pm!)

Better mom!
I think I'm a good mom, but I want to be so much better!  I want to be more patient for one!  I also want to take the kids on more mommy-daughter dates.  I'd love to set time apart to really talk to each of them (especially Lily and Gray!)  I would love to start an in-home pre-schoolig for my littles to take the time to teach them new things!

This is the year for me!  I'm going to get into shape, eat better, and take control of my health!  I need this lifestyle change, and I will take it one day at a time! 

yup, trying again lol!  Not blogging it though, just posting on FB!

A few ones from last year:
Better my handwriting and Vocabulary.
Serve more and share the gospel!!!
Be a better friend!
Read more.
And Obviously never let work come first, but I feel like I've found a good balance on this!

Chris will deployed almost all year either as a soldier or as a civilian so while he's away, I really want to conquer these goals, there aren't a ton, but they're going to be LOTS of work and dedication!!  

2013 in review.

Looking back on 2013, I've had lots of progress and an equal amount of degrees.  I started out strong and definitely rocked some of my goals, but some goals I completely failed at.  The main goal I didn't accomplish was reading my scriptures.  After awhile I stopped reading all-together, because I'd rather watch tv, or do completely mindless activities.  Seems small, but this is HUGE!  Not only does reading my scriptures keep me in a good place spiritually, but it leaks out into every aspect of my life... my schedule, values, family life, patience, eating habits, etc.  Without my spiritual stability, everything else failed.  I became lazy, got angry faster, judged quicker... all because I stopped reading my scriptures.  That's a huge testament of why God wants us to read the scriptures and pray every day!!  
So this is my MAIN goal this year, even if I only read one verse, atleast of have something GOOD to ponder on!  
Looking back on 2013 goals...
-Read the entire Standard Works!!!! 
Didn't do this!  I'm not going to aim this big this year, I just want to stay steady on reading the scriptures!  

-Do atleast one act of service a day 
Nope.  I REALLY want this to be a goal again.  I want service to come naturally!

-Keep up with the laundry and dishes 
I think I accomplished this one.  

-Eat out less (twice a month once as a fam and one as a date!) (and special occasions)!) 
Actually I did okay on this especially after Chris deployed!  This one is hard since I work!

-Start a workout routine (atleast twice a week!)
HUGE FAIL!  But this is one of my big 2014 goals, I really want to eat right and get in shape!  I'm so ready!

-Make healthier choices 
I did okay, not great.  

This year we didn't do as well as I wanted, we REALLY need to buckle down before Chris gets out of the military!

-Become a better FRIEND
I think I did okay with this!  I'm mostly trying to choose friends who make me want to be a better person, and I've made some great influence friends.  I just wish we were closer!

-Read more books and watch less TV!
I read a few books, I enjoy reading so maybe next year I'll do even more!

-Share the gospel more
meh, not really

-Keep the Sabbath Day Holy every Sunday!
When I went to church lol.  Better than 2012!

-Project 365 (and Project 52 challenge)

-Never let work come first.
I did SO much better on this this year, I only works certain days and edited during nap times or when the kids weren't around to care!  

-Change wake-up time from 7am to 6am!
Way accomplished!  More like 5:30am!!

-Improve on handwriting and vocabulary
nah, but this is still something I want to do!!

So overall I didn't do awful, but I could have done better!

Something highlights:
-Chris deployed with the army for the last time to Kuwait!
-Lily started first grade!  She reads and writes on a super high level!  They want to put her in advance classes next year!
-Grayson is at such a cute/WILD age, but he's such a sweet heart!  He loves to remind me that he loves me and he loves hugs!
-Claire ended the year a 20 months, it was a busy year for her, lots of learning, running, and growling!  
-My photography business did great!  I raised my prices and I still am booking about 2-3 sessions a week!  I also started doing cinematography, which has been a blast!!  

Overall awesome 2013!