Christian - I love you so much and I cannot wait to see what this next year of life brings for us. I hope you have the most wonderful day and I cannot wait to spend 100 more years of birthdays together :)
Now onward to my goals for 2014. I'm not one for resolutions. I've attempted them before and I've never gotten past a few weeks of January so that's not really what I want to do this year. I DO have some resolution-type goals but I don't want to overwhelm myself with a million resolutions that I feel have to start on January 1.
And while browsing Pinterest, I found this graphic and I love the idea behind it.
And here we go!
A bad habit I'm going to break: Biting my nails. I'm a serious nail biter. Anytime you've seen my nails in pictures, they're quite fake. I did try to stop biting my nails last spring because I couldn't afford to get them done, but I still failed and they always looked like crap. BUT this year, I'm going to be a wife and I've decided wives don't bite their nails (okay, I know tons do but I'm convincing myself they don't)!
A new skill I'd like to learn: HTML. I would love to be able to make tweaks to my design if I ever decide it needs it (I'm still WAY obsessed with my design from Erin, ps) but mainly, I want to gain this skill for my resume.What I want to do in life apparently requires HTML, CSS, Adobe and more that I just never learned in college when most people do. (I definitely picked the wrong major for what I want to do)
A person I hope to be more like: Me. I want to be more secure in myself. I want to do what I want to do. And not in a selfish way where I'm being whiny and demanding, but in a way where being me, helps everyone else. I've always wanted to be some kind of volunteer, so this year I'll do it. I've always wanted to cook a lot, so this year I'll do it. I've always wanted to be more organized, so this year I'll do it. You get the point. I want to go after my goals and grow and learn and become the best version of myself I've ever been.
A good deed I'm going to do: I want to volunteer to help with some sort of cancer events, hopefully lung cancer. I also would let to lend a hand at a women's shelter and next Christmas, Christian and I would like to donate a lot of toys to children who don't have a lot.
A place I'd like to visit: Washington, DC! Our travel budget for this year is quite slim since we'll be going on a phenomenal honeymoon in October, but since his sister lives in DC we have a place to stay! She even told us over Christmas to just give her a call when we're on the way and she'll be ready. Obviously, we'll give her a better heads up but I'm already super excited!
A book I'd like to read: Anything and everything. My goal here is actually going to be to read one book a month this year, at least. I LOVE to read and in high school, this would have been a silly goal because I read way more than that. But with college and then real life, reading was pushed aside much to my displeasure. So this year, I'm taking it back!
A letter I'm going to write: One I'll never send. There have been some people in my family who really hurt me, my parents and my little brother and I'm not sure any of us will ever be able to forgive them. But, this year, I'd like to write that letter that will never be seen by them to get all my feelings out on paper and hopefully help me start moving on and stop holding a grudge because grudges only hurt me.
A new food I'd like to try: I'd actually just like to start eating healthier. I'm not going to get too crazy with this one or it would turn into a typical resolution, but Christian and I have been talking about our terrible diet and we really need to fix it. I'm going to start with limiting our eating out (which I can do easily when we make time to grocery shop) and then buying fresher ingredients to cook with!
I'm going to do better at: Staying positive. I've been struggling at work (with no liking my job... at. all.) and it's been really hard not to let it get me down. I spend a lot of time being angry, annoyed, frustrated and any other negative emotion you can think off. On top of this, I've had trouble with the job hunt and it's made me feel really down about myself. This year, I'm going to remember that everything happens for a reason and I will get the job I'm supposed to get!
And I have one more goal to add here that's not on this list: Start a new job. It was mentioned above and I've mentioned it a few times before but this year I will find a job that fits me and is something I love to do. And I won't dump on myself in the meantime.