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
slackerhuman 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.
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!