Well, it's 2015. Is it weird for me to say I'm glad 2014 is over? I just reviewed my New Year's post from last year.... 2013 was VERY AWESOME! 2014 has not been quite as awesome. I mean, it hasn't been bad, I just don't know how I could have done better than 2013. I didn't even set new goals because I was so happy with how the year went. ha ha. I just reread the post to see how I did on my goals (because that is what I always do) and I saw that I didn't write any. Maybe that is why my year wasn't as great. I'm a very goal oriented person and I didn't give myself anything to accomplish or work towards. Well.... maybe this is an every other year type thing. 2013 was awesome, so 2014 had to not be as awesome so that 2015 can be super awesome? Let's hope so.
I haven't been doing much this past week except for getting fat. Well, I did go on a bad date with a guy that owns one of the food trucks that I have eaten at. That was interesting. I gave my opinion and pretty much got yelled at over dinner. I just sat there and listened to him talk about himself the entire time. He didn't ask me one question about myself. Those dates are always fun. Anyway... it wasn't fun at all.
Besides that I went out to lunch with my visiting teacher today, Stacey. She is becoming a good friend. I love that. She is getting married in a few months though, so I can't get too attached. I'm just sad we weren't friends earlier because she has been in the ward a while, we just never got to know each other. I also saw two movies this last week. "Into the Woods" and "Wild". I enjoyed both of them. I have always been so excited for "Into the Woods" to be made into a movie musical because it has always been one of my favorite musicals. I thought they did a great job with it.
Since I haven't had that eventful of a week, I guess I should review just a few highlights from the year since I do my year in review on my blogaversary.
Concerts this year:
Only 1 - Amos Lee, but I love him and have been wanting to see him for a long time, and he did NOT disappoint.
I started my reef (salt water fish tank)
Tried some new things:
Crafts from Pinterest
Camping in a Yurt
Gave my patio a make over
Got a big calling - Activities co-chair
Went on some new hikes:
Went scuba diving somewhere new
Saw two wonders of the world:
Colosseum (I think they took the pyramids out and put this one on the list)
Sold my car - 2003 Ford Focus
Bought a new car - 2014 CX-5
Visited 2 new states
Visited 3 new Countries
So maybe I did more than I thought I did... but it still doesn't beat the year before. That's ok because this next year is going to be AMAZING! Right? Lets see, what do I want to accomplish this next year?
Of course like every year I want to visit at least one new state and one new country. This shouldn't be hard. I am already planning my trip with friends to visit at least 2 new countries. I also want to scuba dive somewhere new like always and that should also be no problem because we are planning on doing that on our trip.
I would like to have better health. I feel like this is a goal I'm always giving myself. I have gained some weight back since losing the 55. Not all of it, but some. So I want to lose what I gained plus more to get to my original goal weight. I feel like that shouldn't be too hard since I don't have as much to lose this time, but we shall see. I also need to be better about exercise. Maybe I need to sign up for a couple of races to help me with this?
I know this one is out of my control, but I want this to be the year that I find love. The love that is going to take me to marriage.
I really need to work on my spirituality. That has been lacking big time over the last year. I need to make going to the temple a priority and go at least once a month and be better about reading the scriptures and saying daily prayer. So basic, but it's so hard for me... and then I feel bad that I struggle with it so much because it doesn't seem like anyone else does.
I feel like I am constantly doing this, but I want to organize and de-clutter my life. I'm constantly trying to find ways to create more space and get rid of stuff I don't use or need. Some things that I want to keep because I am sentimental about it but it takes up more space, I want to find a way to keep it in a more space efficient way. For example. I have always been VERY good about writing in a journal, pretty much since I was in 3rd grade. I have tons of journals that take up a lot of space. I'm thinking about going through each one (I know this will take a lot of time) and taking a picture of each page. Then just storing the pictures in folders according to the years of the journal. I can then either just keep it on my external hard drive or I could even have it printed into a smaller more compact book. I also need to transfer my tapes to digital on my computer and my mom helped me make another T-Shirt quilt that we need to finish. Stuff like this. I love freeing up space and I am going to continue to think of more ways to do that so I don't have as much "stuff"
I would like to go to a new National Park. I would like to take more weekend adventures and road trips (especially now that I have an awesome new car).
I want to socialize and network more than I do now. Reach out and be a better friend, and better daughter/ granddaughter, sister, a better niece and a better aunt. In fact I got this idea from my friends Liz & Ben. For their nieces and nephews birthday's, they take them out and do something cheap, like buy a soda or whatever... but it is about spending time and doing something special just with them. I want to start doing that with my nieces and nephews for their birthday's. Wish they all lived here so I could do it with all of them.
Is that enough to work on for a year? Too much? I don't know.... but here's hoping that 2015 is a great year. I do love the feeling of starting over and new possibilities.
Oh, and last night I didn't do much, but more than I thought I would. I brought in the new year with ward friends... chatting and saying goodbye to my friend Mary who is moving. She has been my friend for a few years... so it is sad to say goodbye, but always excited for my friends and their new adventures.