New Year, New Goals

So it's a new year, what does that mean to you? Setting new goals, new resolutions? A chance for a blank slate?

2012 was not a stellar year for me or my husband, and we are both looking forward to 2013 with passion. I don't want to sound annoying-facebook-vague, but it was a rough year for us, and without going into much detail, we're READY for a blank slate! That being said, we are both thankful for each other, our health, our families, and the blessings we are bestowed daily.  I don't want to sound unappreciative, I'm just ready for change.

I've never been much for resolutions, I am guessing it's a fear of failing that keeps me from doing so.  The most successful resolution to date has been 2011's goal to eat cleaner, cutting back on processed foods, and making homemade versions of our favorite fast food and restaurant dishes.  This has become a daily/weekly occurrence in our lives since January of 2011.

I made a few goals for myself in 2013, and figured sharing them publicly would keep me on path!

I have resolved to be better with my devotionals, striving to do them daily. Now that I work from home, I have an additional 7-8 hours a week that I am not commuting that I can use proactively! Some of my favorites:
  • YouVersion Bible App- if you don't already have this on your smartphone or tablet, you need it.  There's something about thousands of translations, hundreds of "plans," highlighting, reminders, and social media integration that wipes away all excuses.
  • #SheReadsTruth- I found out about this program through a friend on instagram, and have been using them for a few months now. What I love most about #SheReadsTruth is they are short (2-3 week) plans that contain devotional content and scripture, plus social media integration.  I am on Day2 of A Fresh Start, the perfect plan for the New Year. I try to take a picture of my journal or doodle related to the study and post on instagram and twitter, can you pick mine out on their instagram feed here? I have "met" many new instagram friends and found new blogs through using their hashtag (#shereadstruth) and cannot wait to meet more.
  • Looking Up Beth Moore Devotional App- This app is a little pricey at $9.99, but I felt at the time I needed it. Based on Beth Moore's book Get Out of That Pit, these are daily snit-bits of devotional content and pertinent verses.  Once you read the content and verses, you are prompted with 'Reflections', a chance to enter your own thoughts and answers to questions, and a prayer as a guide for you. If you're a slacker human like me, you'll love that the app stays on the unread day until you come back, unlike the YouVersion app.  What I mean is that if you are on day 17, and you missed a few days, the app will stay on the unread day 17 rather than forwarding to day 20.  Does that make sense? There are 104 daily journal/devotional entries available.
This is a multi-faceted goal, but I categorized them all under Photography.  I've had my DSLR for a year now, and it rarely leaves the Automatic or Program setting.  I'm not saying this is a bad thing or that I am taking bad pictures, I just want to take better pictures.  My goal to do this is to start reading through all the material I have saved on Pinterest, including course material for college classes.

How I plan on implementing what I learn will be through Photo-A-Day challenges.  You've all probably heard of FatMumSlim's photo-a-day on instagram, but I plan on doing this with my DSLR camera. I think it will be both interesting to look back at and help me to work on my photo-taking skills.  My major goal is to start the 365 Project again, I just want to make sure I will keep up with a 31 day project before diving into a 365 one.  I want the photos to actually mean something too, not just a quick shot to accomplish the day's assignment.  That being said, I know there will be days I might cop out a little bit.  *Wink*

The second aspect of my Photography goal is to take more pictures when I am together with friends and family.  I always plan on taking them, I bring my DSLR, and I end up not using it.  Anyone else do this? I spent Christmas Day with my nieces and nephew and brother and sister in law and didn't take ONE picture.  And I had my DSLR sitting in front of me.  I don't want to become the person hiding behind the camera, but I would like to start capturing these precious moments.

Finding Me
I am still ironing out the kinks in this resolution, but the common theme is to find me again, to find what makes me happy, to find what makes Amy Amy. Over the last few years getting married, moving to Virginia, leaving behind my family, unemployment, underemployment, sickness, etc. have all taken their toll on me and my state of mind.  I am not saying these have affected me negatively, especially getting married. I think you married ladies know what I'm talking about though, right?  I want to find Amy again. So far this includes: reading (I haven't read a book in almost a year,) listening to music, playing piano again (maybe...still debating this one,) and cooking and baking more.

2013 has such good things in store for me and my family, I am truly excited for it to be here.  I am excited to be starting out on my new career, and want to take the time to make a few changes with me as well.

What goals and/or resolutions have you set? I keep thinking about a post a friend on facebook put up about not setting any resolutions, that's she's happy being the kwirky-awesome self she already is.  She has a point though, don't you think?

Happy New Year!


  1. I know it's been a rough year for you guys, and I really hope 2013 is much better on you both! I never set resolutions for the same reason. Plus, they're so cliche... everyone's doing them! In that same manner, I quit smoking on Saturday, Dec. 29. I didn't want to do it on the 1st. I try to make lists pretty much seasonally it seems, of things I'd like to do. I don't think of them as resolutions per se, but more of personal improvements or "bucket lists". I find that I've been able to actually accomplish these things. I know first hand the loss/question of identity after getting married. It's good for you to realize it now, as I didn't until I got divorced. I wanted to find myself again, but more than that, I wanted to improve myself. I wrote a list of adjectives that described myself, and the more negative ones (stubborn, quick tempered, lazy, etc) I felt I could do something with. Now I communicate more and think before speaking. I also try to understand others better rather than jump the gun. I admit my faults and when I'm wrong (but I'm never wrong!) Don't overwhelm yourself all at once. I set a goal to read 1 book a month. I used to love reading and haven't since I finished 50 Shades trilogy. I think that's doable. If I want to read more, great! If not, that's fine too.
    Just set some mini goals like that for yourself, I think they're more achievable that way, rather than 'resolutions'. And what makes you you? To me, it's your spunk, your brilliant personality, your sparkling creativity, and your unique voice. Don't ever let those go!

  2. You have set wonderful goals! Ones that will better YOU! Good job. I know you can accomplish them. I'm rooting for you! :) Cheers to 2013!

  3. Great goals! I very much agree with not using my camera enough. We didn't take a single pic on NYE and that makes me sad. My husband bought me a crazy amount of accessories for my camera & I'm overwhelmed. I really want to take a class so I don't waste its potential. I want to do better with clean eating - that's my biggest goal. Here's to 2013!

  4. It sounds like you have some great goals for the new year. I do hope it is a better year for you and your husband! I'm so glad you shared SheReadsTruth with us today. I'd heard of it but never really looked into it any further until now. I've been wanting to return to church and strengthen my relationship with the Lord and still hope to do that in the new year but this is a wonderful find as well! I've signed up and can't wait to get started with SheReadsTruth!

  5. I hope 2013 brings you guys some good things!! <3

  6. My goals for 2013: lose a few unwanted pounds within 4 months, change jobs within 6 months, learn to sew and start a home based business by the Summer. I hope that you reach your goals. Here's to a successful year!


  7. Sounds like a great way to start of the new year! So glad you'll be reading with us!

  8. Good luck with your goals! I want to improve my picture taking skills as well this year (although I have a much more basic camera).

    I hope you and your husband have a wonderful 2013.

  9. Just popping in as a new follower to thank you for hosting the I Love My Online Friends GFC Hop... hope your New Year is off to a great start!

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    (¸.·´ (¸.·`¤... Jennifer

  10. Hi, Amy! New GFC follower from the I Love My Online Friends GFC Blog Hop! Great blog you have! Look forward to reading more and would love it if you could swing by if you get a sec and follow back!

    Have a great day!
    Kristy @ Shona Skye Creations

  11. You have a wonderful blog!! I'm your newest follower from the "I love my online friends" blog hop - this is my blog if you wanted to follow back:

  12. Hi Lovely, I'm your new follower from Blog Hop.
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  13. I've had that she reads truth bookmarked for awhile now but still haven't sat down and looked at it - the more I hear about it, the more I realise I need to get into it! Found your blog from the 'I love my online friends' hop - looking forward to reading more :)

  14. Thanks so much for hosting! I am a new follower from the 'I love my online friends' hop! Such a pretty blog you have here. :)

  15. I love your Blog! Splashes of Pink are all around my house too:) New follower on Bloglovin. Glad to have found you via the blog hop.

  16. Following from the blog hop. I would love it if you would swing by the Nifty Thrifty Family sometime.

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  18. In 2013, I am going to continue with my "BE Strong" in my 50th year challenge. I just finished a great book Gloria Steinem's Revolution From Within. She provides a guide for finding yourself. You might want to start with this book. Also It isn't too self-helpish.

  19. Thanks for co-hosting the blog hop! Im glad I get to participate. I love starting new years its such a nice clean slate!

  20. Thanks for co-hosting the I Love My Online Friends blog hop with me! Starting to follow you now :)

  21. Thanks for co-hosting the blog hop! New follower:)

  22. Here's hoping 2013 is a better year for you! You have some great goals to keep you motivated!

    Stopping in from the hop. Happy to be your newest follower!
    Theresa’s Mixed Nuts

  23. Following from the blog hop. Great info about the devotional apps. Isn't it great when technology helps put you in touch with your faith.