2012 was the year of change. I announced on the blog that we were expecting a baby, Larry and I accepted new job positions, said goodbye to Chicago and moved back to Wisconsin (very bittersweet), and I gave birth to the most beautiful, sweetest baby girl I’ve ever known.
A year of BIG changes indeed. 2012 will be a tough year to beat, but I’m excited to see what’s in store for us. Last year, instead of doing “resolutions” per se, I decided to post a list of goals that I had hoped to accomplish. There were some goals that were successful staying healthy & more fun runs-I did what I could with my preggo belly & postpartum. And then there were those goals that could still use a little work-church on a more regular basis and quality date nights with hubs.
My main goal for 2013 is to just try to live in the moment and be happy with what’s going on in my life RIGHT NOW as opposed to planning & thinking, ‘what’s next?’ Where I am in my life right now, was not my initial plan 5 years ago-but it’s where I’m meant to be. Am I happy with the way things turned out? Ecstatic! I enjoy every minute of being a mother and wife. But about 4 1/2 years ago I was entering my last semester in college and my dream was to move to Chicago (which I did), land a fancy PR firm job in downtown Chicago (which I did NOT), live in a high-rise apartment with my boyfriend, and have a life filled with after work happy hours, workout classes and shopping. Call it what you want, but that’s what I thought my life would be like in my twenties. Not to sound cliche, but this year really did live this quote: “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”
Now that we’re settled and have decided that Wisconsin is where we will call home for a long while, we hope to purchase a home in 2013. We’ve already started looking 🙂 It is both exciting & scary all rolled into one. I’m hoping that we’re in our own home by the time Madelyn turns 1.
Another goal that I hope to tackle this year is to complete the Chicago Marathon. This will be my second attempt at it. Back in 2011, I signed up for it and started preparing for it, but a bad ankle sprain mixed in with planning a wedding kept me from doing it. I’m really excited & focused this time around and I even have a buddy that says she wants to do it too!
Something that Larry & I hope to accomplish is more visits to the Windy City. I consider Chicago my second home. Because I lived there for almost 4 years, I feel like when I go back, finding my way around is just like second nature-I don’t feel like a tourist. I want Madelyn to grow up feeling the same way. It’s a great city with so much to offer!
The last big goal that I have is to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I’m in the Air Force National Guard. I joined when I was 18 so that it would help me pay for college. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’m coming up on 10 years as a guardsman which means that I only have 10 more years left until I can retire. It’s my full-time job as of right now. For the the most part I enjoy what I do, I LOVE my schedule but I do not love the fact that I can be gone for a month or two at a time, especially now that I have a child. My first deployment won’t be so horrible-it’s to a fun location and my sister will actually be coming with me, so that should help keep my mind off of things!
At the start of a new year, do you have any resolutions or do you set goals? Share! I’d love to hear about them.