Wednesday, January 2, 2013

a new year, new goals {the year to simplify}

A few days ago I looked back at the goals I set for 2012. While I didn’t accomplish each goal as I had planned I know I made great efforts to achieve each of them and am proud of what I did in 2012.
The word I chose for 2012 was Faith; I couldn’t have picked a better word for 2012. My faith in the Lord grew, it was also tested but through it all I kept firm in my Faith and the Lord carried me through the struggles and walked beside me through the victories.
The word I am choosing for 2013 is Simplify.  There is so much extra clutter in my life, both in my home, work, personal life and just the way I think and process my thoughts.  I want to look at every decision I make this year and make sure it is necessary and will lead me in the direction Scott and I want to go. Often times I take on extra projects just because. I want to be thoughtful in everything I do. That might mean doing less, which is something I need to be ok with. 
 earrings: made by me // necklace: soleil selene // sweater: Forever21 from a friend // flannel: thrifted {JCP brand} // skinnies: Paige denim, thrifted // boots: nine west
In 2012 I set a goal to loose weight. I nailed that goal, I lost over 20 pounds and for the first time in a long time I am happy with my body. This year I want to make my body stronger and toned. I am hoping to start Turbo Fire after the New Year to get my butt in shape. In 2012 I focused on better eating habits and smaller portions. In 2013 I want to keep those habits and add more exercise to my routine.
I want to spend more time in the word in 2013. I was really good during the spring and summer about doing my She Reads Truth study daily. After we moved to VA I was not as diligent. I want to get back into the habit of starting my day out praying and reading scripture I know my days are better when they start with Him first. I also want to find a womens bible study to attend here in Norfolk.
As part of simplifying things in 2013 I want to be more mindful of what I buy and where I buy it from. After moving to Virginia we needed things for our house and I was thrilled to get the chance to do some thrifting to find new items for our home. It kind of became a game. Spending time trying to find the perfect diningroom table, dressers etc at a thrift store saved us well over $700. I accidently stopped clothes shopping at retail stores this past Fall. I bought a few sweaters when it got cold in October and then an outfit for my husbands Christmas party and after that all items were thrifted. Most brand name items and some amazing vintage pieces. I want to continue this into 2013.
This year I want to make sure I keep blogging for me. I get so caught up in what others blog about, the linky parties they have or participate in. I need to remember my blog is a way for me to share my heart and my every day life.  I need to stick with what makes me happy. I want to grow my blog and followers but I want to make sure that it doesn’t become just about the numbers.
Another goal for this year is to get the last of our debt paid off. We sat down a few nights ago and made a financial plan for 2013. Scott will deployed a lot this year, the silver lining to him being gone is the extra money we make. I know if we are smart about our spending we are going to be in a very good spot come December. I also want to get our adoption fund started. I have shared my heart before about adoption and our fertility struggles. I feel like the Lord is pushing me to start putting money aside to cover the costs to adopt a sweet baby. 
I am a true believer in writing down your goals, it helps you to visualize what you want. You need to put it out in the universe to make it happen. 
What are your goals for 2013?
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Kathleen said...

I'm so with you on the blogging for you bit. I really only did WIWW posts this year and I'm not proud of that. Need to balance it all out.

Crazy how thrifting changes your shopping habits, right? I find that I rarely buy retail and if I do it's necessities that you can't buy used (socks) and it is painful paying full price.

I am sure you will reach many of your goals. They are all worthy and you are so dedicated. It will be fun watching you along the way.

Happy new year to you and Scott! Hope 2013 is wonderful!

Karri said...

That was my same word last year. Its a great word to reflect on.

Best of luck reaching your goals. You can do it :)

Chioma said...

love this outfit on you! you have some great goals for this year :)

C's Evolution of Style

Janna Renee said...

Well, it sounds like you kicked butt in 2012, so I have no doubt that you will do well in 2013! I particularly love shopping for deals. The search is half the fun and you get to save money :) Thanks for linking up! xoxo

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