So, it’s 2014. Doesn’t that sound like science fiction? I guess if you were born at the tail end of the millennium, then it ain’t no thang, but the rest of us were supposed to have shiny jumpsuits and flying cars by now. It’s pretty funny to think about where we thought we’d be. I’ve never been a fan of science fiction, but I still find it kind of amazing that we haven’t managed to blow up the planet or go extinct by now. Yay us!
My last post in this blog was back in April, so I should probably update you on how the last 8-9 months have gone. Things were not great at the beginning of 2013. I was still grieving over the loss of my grandmother, had some health problems to deal with, and Tim (the hubs) was having a hell of a time at work. Add in some financial stress and the first half of 2013 pretty much sucked. Things really turned around in the latter half of June. We were able to consolidate our credit card debt into an easy loan with really low interest, which was a huge load off our minds. We even took out a little extra for our first big vacation since we got married. We opted to go to Disney World to celebrate our anniversary, so much of July through October was spent planning for the trip. Tim’s work life started to improve in late summer and that helped out a lot. He was so stressed and depressed about work, that it had really been taking a toll on our time together. In August we decided to train for our first 5K, which we ran in September and met each of our personal goals for the race. I’ve been wanting to do a 5K for years, so this was a really big thing for me. Between the training, vacation planning, and relief about our debt, we both managed to climb out of the depressive funks we were in. Our trip to Disney was amazing and exactly what we needed. We both loved it and want to go back when we get a chance. November and December, the holiday season, is my favorite time of year. We had an uneventful, but still the fun holiday season. We didn’t end up performing this year, which was kind of a bummer (we are usually in choirs or music groups of some sort, but aren’t involved with any at the moment), but we had a good holiday season anyway. And that pretty much catches you up, which brings us to 2014.
I am not really a New Year’s Resolution kind of girl, but I do have some very clear goals for this year. The first of which is to keep this blog going. I have been doing a good job on my beauty blog, but obviously neglected this one last year. I want to change that. As much as I enjoy my beauty blog, I’d like to have a space to talk about non-beauty stuff. That’s why I started this blog in the first place; to talk about my real life and what I’m thinking about. I want to post regularly, at last once or twice a week. It’s really tough to keep two blogs going at once, but I am determined to make a go at it.
My second goal is to re-commit to my diet and really lose weight. I was doing pretty well and lost about 25 pounds until my grandma got sick and then things kind of went to hell. I tried to eat healthily, but I ended up giving in to depression and grief. 2013 was especially bad as far as food was concerned, and Tim and I both ate like crap. Over the last two years, I have gained back almost all of the weight that I lost, which is unacceptable. I am determined to lose and keep going until I reach my goal weight. I’ve been fat my entire life, even when I was playing sports in junior high and high school, and I’m sick of it. When I lose a bit, I want to go for another 5K and try to beat my previous time. I want to make sure that I’m eating clean foods, not processed, and try to get healthy. I don’t want to get skinny, I want to be fit and strong. This is going to happen.
The final goal that I have for this year is to move. I will have more details about this by the end of the month (hopefully) because things are still very much up in the air. A lot depends on other people’s decisions at the moment (which is driving me crazy) so I will know more once those decisions have been made. But I can say for certain that by the end of 2014 I will be living somewhere else. Although I will regret leaving my apartment’s giant built-in bookshelf and vaulted ceilings, I am super stoked about this movie. I am also trying to convince my sister that, when I move, she needs to be my new next-door neighbor. That would be the coolest thing ever. Just sayin’.
So, that’s what I have in store for 2014. It’s going to be a big, big year. I also have the nebulous goal of “simplifying” but I’m not sure what that means for me yet, so I have to do more thinking about it. I just feel like the last couple of years have been ones of excess and I need to pare down a bit. There will be more on that later when I have a better grasp of what I want. At any rate, I am excited about what this year has to offer and am in a really good place. I am prepared for this year to rock.