Well, here we are.
It's officially New Year's Eve.
Time to say goodbye to 2012.
Maybe it's because I'm getting older, but lately time feels like sand slipping through my fingers - tiny particles, each one a moment that can't be replaced, then falling into a million other moments that will soon be forgotten. And all the while I notice my body is working differently, gray hairs are growing like grass, little kids I once babysat are now graduating high school, and my nephew's starting to pronounce his S's like a pro. Sometimes I wish time could just stop forever...
Then again, I'm only 25 years old. Even though I forgot how old I was for 5 whole minutes, I'm going to go ahead and say I've got some amazing moments waiting for me in 2013 and beyond. Life only gets more precious as time goes by, and that means finding more reasons to make the most out of it. I wonder who I'll meet, what I'll learn, and how life will change me... we can only wait and see, I suppose :)
I remembered this time last year I blogged about some goals I would like to accomplish in 2012. I figured I would review those and grade how we did...
To work hard, save our money, and buy a house.
D+. We've definitely worked hard, but saving money hasn't happened yet, nor the home buying adventure, but I suppose I was wishful thinking at that time... we've got a long road to go still!
To finish school and start working in careers that make us happy.
A. I've finished school, Josh loves his job, and I'm pretty darn happy working part time while being able to blog and freelance. That's huge for us!
To unleash fear and go after my dreams full force.
C. I started offering blog design services this past year, which was a big deal for me, but haven't launched a shop or really focused on going after self employment "full force." I'm definitely taking my time on the business side of things/dragging my feet - whatever you want to call it. Some people dive in quick and easy... I guess I'm one of those people that needs more time dipping my toes in the water, getting used to it, and waiting for the right moment to submerge myself completely.
To enjoy the moments and not let them pass us by.
A. I'm not sure why I wrote it that way, because moments are bound to pass us by eventually... obviously. But, I have paid much more attention to little moments in life - whether it be a lunch, a conversation, or simply staring into a night sky - I've been much more aware of the abundance of beauty and fortune in my life, and try my hardest not to take any moment for granted.
To take good care of our health and home.
F. Yikes. We didn't even try on this one... like, at all. Oops.
To show love towards each other every single day.
A+. We've gotten along more than ever this past year despite overcoming some serious challenges. With each hurdle we pass our love seems to grow deeper and deeper. We laugh a little more and fight a little less. I understand when people say they love their spouse more than yesterday... tis true when you have a great man by your side and you're both willing to fight for one another.
I think that averages out to be a solid B. Not bad, not bad... but then again, I didn't put many expectations on myself.
I have to say overall, I'm planning on being a much more goal oriented person in the new year - taking my dreams seriously and organizing my pathway step by step. On the blog I plan on introducing a new design layout, launching an online shop (even if it only has one product!), offering more design freebies/inspiration, practicing my photography, and getting back to my blogging roots by eliminating the majority of my sponsor spots and blogging more from the heart.
There are so many ideas floating through my head - how I can improve this blog, what needs to change, and where I want it to evolve, but I guess I want to know what YOU think. I'd love it if you took a moment to comment what you love most about my blog and what you'd like to see more of in the new year - it would make my day! But if you don't want to answer that, just read and know this...
I genuinely appreciate you - your views, your likes, your shares, your comments, your support. Having this outlet has brought more meaning to my life in 2012, more confidence in myself, and more belief that dreams can come true. I feel so grateful to be connecting with each and every one of you and being a part of this community. Thanks for the amazing year-round love and daydream believing - I hope you have a beautiful New Year!
P.S. Now grab some tissues and watch these with me (sorry for any spoilers!):