I can honestly say that this wasn’t my favorite year. A lot of things could have been better. As I reflect on the year I find that there are moments of exhilaration and other moments that caused me to slow down and appreciate what’s happening.
First off, last year’s resolutions:
De-frumpify on a budget:
- Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” was my theme song this year. I found some good pieces at the thrift store (I still don’t like department stores).
- I got rid of my “frumpy” clothes and the clothes that were ill-fitting
- I started to wear a little more make up. I’m still slightly resistant. I like being natural.
- I grew my own veggies and ate them.
- I started to move towards eating “whole” foods or foods that are closer to their original form. Yes, butter is back in my diet.
- I’ve reduced the amount of processed foods that I consume.
- I was appointed California Youth Chairman for the Catholic Daughters of the Americas (and accepted the position).
- I’ve picked up the guitar again after a 10+ year hiatus.
- I continue to run and have trained harder this year. My goal is to Triple Crown (3 half marathons) in 2014!
Continue my journey in faith:
- I’ve read 8 spiritual books over the past year and have started reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
- I started to attend daily Mass and confession every other week. I also attend adoration when I can.
- Singing = Praying twice! I was part of the music team for a 3-day spiritual retreat. I volunteered to play the piano and cantor at daily Mass once a week and on 5th Sundays at my old parish.
- I consecrated myself to the Blessed Mother after a personal 33-day spiritual retreat.
- My husband and I became friends with our awesome new pastor who is doing wonders for our parish and our own family’s faith journey. (Seriously, what priest do you know would do push-ups on video for the sake of the kids and teens? Mine does!)
My 2014 resolutions:
- I need to plan my meals better.
- I have to find a place for all this “stuff” laying around.
- I need to figure out how to distinctly separate my home, family, and work time. (It’s tough to do when you work from home.)
- I need to de-clutter and rid of stuff.
- I need to focus on a few things, rather than juggle too many things at once. “Do little things with great love.” (a la Blessed Mother Teresa)
- I could spare a few more hugs and kisses for my kids and husband.
- I need to be more compassionate and charitable towards others.
- I need to love myself more and not have a constant guilty conscience (confession helps with that!).
Do something awesome:
I’m not sure what this could be but 2014 would be a great year to do something that makes a big impact!
So that’s my list! What’s on your’s? Share in the comments!