Hey everyone! I hope you’re all doing swell and rocking along with the new year. Before I get started I’d like to give a quick shout out to everyone who continued to support me last year whether it was just by sticking with me or leaving a comment. For the latter I’m especially grateful to my good friend Heather and the fantastic Army Amy. Seriously though, you all are amazing and Thank You so much for your patient following.
If I had to choose a theme for my 27th year I would probably go with: self-critical. Although, lonely and stressed also come to mind as well. I really just think the biggest lows of last year can be summed up with four things.
- Aaron and I lost our dear Mocha to lymphoma.
I made this shadow box with Mocha’s things but I’ll talk more about it in a later post
I was selected for a new job that requires me to be away at school for a full year. This is not something that helps a somewhat struggling marriage that at the time of leaving was barely getting back on track.
I’m my biggest critic and my worst enemy (even when I’m the only one that sees anything to criticize). I’m mostly referring to my incessant need to overfill my plate or set my goals TOO high and then beat myself up when I (surprisingly) don’t meet expectations. It’s such a ridiculous and mentally draining cycle.
Of course last year wasn’t all bad though!
- I was selected for a new job that has amazing growth opportunities
And I get my very own stethoscope
The hubs and I continued to work on things and are doing so so well now. Even with the distance. I feel like we leave all conversations smiling again. We were able to see each other a bit more than I had anticipated for the past year. I left him in Tucson on Jan 2 and I won’t be able to see him until after I graduate but I’m so excited to start up our life again in March.
I’m starting to joke that it’s short for Lucifer though. She’s a full blown 9 month old puppy and is proving it everyday. The casualty list so far contains: 2 dog beds, a few shoes, countless toys, a uniform top (<-not cheap) and I’m sure some other items I’ve decided to forget about.
She sure is lucky she’s cute
I’m sure there are some other highlights to bring up but those are my favorites from the year. Anywho, instead of a single resolution for my new year I’m just trying to reinvent myself. Because you know I can’t do anything small. Seriously though, I’m starting with my attitude. It’s so easy for me to be hard on myself when things aren’t going right but I plan on changing that and building some better habits this year. My newest habit?
I’m really trying to do this better. I want to start approaching my day with the attitude, “How can I make today a great day?” And when something goes wrong or I don’t do something well, I’m trying to remember to, “Breathe, it’s not the end of the world. How can I do better next time?” So far this new attitude is going 12 days strong. I’ve been in a much better mood and I can tell it’s working so far.
If you’d like to see what else I’m doing to make 2013 an amazing year, click on the link or the picture below to check out my 2013 Inspiration Board on Pinterest.
Was 2012 amazing for you? What do you have planned for 2013?