In a little over two hours, we will be bidding farewell to 2012. My initial reaction when thinking back on this past year was to dwell on everything I didn't accomplish. The book will be closing on another year, and there is still so much left incomplete and undone.
And yet, when I truly think about it, 2012 turned out to be a fabulous year. It was a year of positive change and excitement. A few highlights:
~ Alexandra Elise made her grand entrance into the world.
~ Bianca instantly turned into a loving Big Sister.
~ Harry became one of the area's most popular basketball coaches. He led his team to a State Championship, and was chosen to coach one of the teams participating in the Capital Classic.
~ I was promoted at work, and simultaneously received a huge peace, instant stress relief, and a pay increase. God is so good!
~ I was able to upgrade to an SUV.
~ I saw my muse Alanis Morissette in concert.
~ I experienced the excitement of being a Dance Mom for a few precious weeks.
~ After two years, I finally made a commitment to CCC and to MOPS. As a result, I made so many new friends.
~ I also reunited with friends from my past.
~ We had our girls dedicated in front of our church family. The day was even more special because Aria and Lilly were dedicated at the same time.
~ 212 helped to turn up the heat in my life.
~ I reconnected with family I hadn't seen in quite a while.
~ I was exposed to the world of green juices and smoothies and whole foods.
~ Stephanie and I started a wellness journey.
~ An old friend died and harsh reality set in regarding my greener grass.
~ But I fell even more in love with Harry because of it.
Looking forward to 2013, there is so much I want to accomplish.
~ I want to draw closer to God. I hope to be exposed to the Word daily. I hope to spend more quiet time with Him. I hope to fully engage with MOPS and my small group.
~ I want to be a better wife. I hope to give Harry the support he needs to be the best version of himself. I hope to take better care of him and our house.
~ I want to be a better mother. I hope to be more present when I'm home. I hope to give more hugs and kisses. I hope to laugh and play more. I want to give my girls the love and attention they need to be happy and healthy.
~ I want to take care of myself physically. I hope to exercise daily. I hope to drink more green juice and smoothies. I hope to eat a vegetable at every meal. I hope to eat more locally grown and organic foods. I want to cut back (or stop) my coffee consumption. I hope to drink more water. I want to get a massage monthly. I want to stretch more and sleep better. I want my natural beauty to shine from the inside out.
~ I want to help get our family out of debt. I hope to think before making unnecessary purchases. I hope to cut out large expenses, like my daily $5 mocha lattes.
A lot of these goals look similar to the ones I made last year. But this year, I am confident that I will be victorious. I have a wonderful support system in my husband, my friends, and my family. I have been exposed to so many new educational and inspirational resources. And most importantly, I am raising a banner over this year. Jehovah Nissi will be my ultimate source of strength and victory.
2013 will be my Proverbs 31 year. I will use the Proverbs 31 Woman as a role-model and an inspiration to emulate. In the end, I hope to be my husband's crown. I hope my children will call me blessed. And ultimately, I hope all of my actions are pleasing to the Lord. By growing into a better version of myself, I hope to be able to serve Him better.