Few people know I’ve kept a journal since I was eight years old, writing about my day’s events and pouring my heart out to an imagined reader who listened in sympathetic silence to all of my adolescent trials and travails. To date, I’ve filled five of those leather backed journals cover to cover with hopes, movie ticket stubs, tears from breakups gone by– and my New Year’s resolutions. I’ve written them every year since I was eight. Over the years they’ve gone from “not hit my sister” and “not miss the bus once” to “graduate with a B average from Rose” and “find a job in Dallas.”
This year, Kevin and I made resolutions together. 2011 was was filled with tons of changes for us; we want 2012 to be a year of growth– as individuals, as a couple, and even as a blog. So without further ado, here are our 2012 New Year’s Resolutions:
- Get Healthy. This resolution started simply as get in shape, but the more we talked about it, the more we realized we wanted an entire lifestyle change. We want to eat healthier, locally, and seasonally. We want to eat in more than we eat out, drink less alcohol and more water, and waste less food. It also includes working out. With my recent shoulder surgery, strength training is a must. We both love running and want to complete our first 5K race. We want to cycle more, take Indy for more walks, and to take up something new (maybe kayaking?).
- Disconnect and Reconnect. Working for a major technology company, Kevin and I are always tethered. Whether on our phones or laptops, work and the internet are never far away. We email and text our parents and connect with friends via Gchat and Facebook. This year, we want to disconnect. Turn off the cell phones, leave the laptops in our bags, and spend more quality time together. Work email can wait. LHBH can wait. We’re only newlyweds for so long. We also want to reconnect this year. Our goal is to single-handedly save the US Postal Service. We want to send cards, notes, and thank yous to our friends and family for every event (birthdays, anniversaries, etc) via good, old fashioned snail mail. We also want to entertain more, spend more time with our friends, and visit our families as often as we can.
- Be Better Neighbors. We’re not just talking about next door. Jesus said we should love our neighbor as ourselves and this year we want to put that into practice. Kevin and I are very blessed and intend to share our blessings with others through volunteering, donations, and any kind of support we can offer. I’d love to start mentoring again and we both would love to get involved with Habitat for Humanity. We’re even considering donating my car when we get a new one!
- Help Little House get a Little Bigger. Starting this blog has been one of the best things we’ve ever done. We love sharing our lives with others and connecting with people across the country (and even across the world). This year, we want to make LHBH bigger and better. We don’t necessarily mean more readers (although the more the merrier). Instead, we want to have better, more well written posts, and updated design, and more reader interaction. We love hearing what you have to say! We also want to have our first LHBH giveaway!
- Be Twenty-Something. Kevin and I are young. Yes, we have a mortgage. Jobs. Loans. Eventually we’ll start a family and have to settle down. But for now, we want to embrace being twenty-something. We want to travel– Mardi Gras, Vegas, Europe. We want to hike and bike and go camping. To stay out late with our friends and sleep in the next morning. To scuba dive and do all the thing our parents always told us to do while we’re young. We’re not afraid of getting older, nor do we think life ends at thirty. We just want to sew our wild oats while we can.
We plan on revisiting these once a month just to keep ourselves honest. We don’t think any of these are too lofty and hope that with a little effort, we can look back on 2012 and call it an even better year than 2011.
What are your resolutions? Is there anything you’d like to see from LHBH in the coming year?
*** Oh, and we bought the rug! I got an email saying it was no longer available, so we’ll see. Keeping our fingers crossed!***