Tuesday, December 27, 2011

“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” ~ Bruce Lee

It's nearly that time of year when many start thinking about resolutions & changes they'd like to make in the new year. I always make resolutions. Not necessarily because I accomplish them, but because I love the fresh start feeling of the new year. I love all the hope & potential it holds. It always seems like the perfect time for me to take stock in my life. Say a quiet "Thank You" for my blessings & take a serious look at what I could do to be a better me. 

In the past, I've made many resolutions to make me look better, feel better or be healthier. It's not that those goals are unimportant (they most certainly are!) but this year I want to focus more on making me a better person & on the relationships I have or would like to have. 

So many changes are coming my way in 2012. I will graduate in May & reenter the working world sometime mid-year. I haven't worked outside the home since 2006-2007. Before that year of working outside the home, I'd been a SAHM since the end of 2002. Pretty much all my family knows is my being at home. Reentering the workforce is going to require a HUGE adjustment for me & for Toby & Livi. 

With the end of nursing school, comes the end of the trials & tribulations that comes with nursing school. Someday I'll write more about being an nursing student, but for now suffice to say that it's a challenge unlike anything I'd imagined & it takes its toll on everyone - not just the student. Financially, emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually...nursing school just does it's darndest to ruin you & those you love. Even though I plan on going back in the Fall of 2012 to start on my bachelor's degree, it will be a different kind of schooling & I'm looking forward to letting go of all the strains that the past 2 years have put on me & those I love most. 

So, as I look toward the new year, here are a few things that I'm focusing on (in no particular order):

1. Graduate nursing school, pass the NCLEX, & find a full time job (or 2 =)

2. Make time for me at least 3 days a week (preferably 5) in which I can walk for exercise, stress-relief, & mental wellness.

3. Encourage Livi's running. She's working on something that I hope will become a lifelong love & habit for her. 

4. Make time every day to really listen to Toby. Smile at him. Laugh with him.
5. Have a date night at least once a month. 

6. Vacation at least once this year with Toby & Livi. 

7. Try new recipes & keep my blogs updated regularly.

8. Save for a new home. 
9. Save for a new-to-us vehicle.

10. Be a better mom. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in the day to day stresses of life, I forget to truly *see* my beautiful daughter. May I remember each & every day to genuinely listen to what she is saying & be the best mom I can be to her. LiviGirl has made so many sacrifices where I'm concerned while I've been going to school. May I be the mom she needs me to be to the very best of my abilities. 

11. Help Toby expand his guitar business. Help make it possible for him to attend the seminars & workshops that he'd like to attend.

12. Be a better "bestie". I have the world's greatest gal pal & I hope to be a better friend to her. The journey I've been on the past couple of years wouldn't have been the same without her. I've never had a sister, but if I could have chosen one, I would have wanted her to be just like Steph. May this be the last year of our lives that we have to wish each other "Happy Birthday" from afar because we just can't make it to where the other one lives. 

13. Buy Toby an Orange Amp =) (And, no, not all of these. I'm just not sure which one(s) he wants...which I guess explains why I need #4 above!)

I'm sure there are many other things in my life that I could be "working" on, but these are some of the 1st ones that come to mind. Feel free to leave a comment & let me know what your focuses for the new year are (if any).  I love reading other people's resolutions too because I usually find something else that I should/could add to my list =)

Happy New Year to everyone! 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

We've had a blessed Christmas. It was great to get to spend time with family (some I hadn't seen in literally YEARS!)  
I hope you & yours had a very Merry Christmas! 

Here's a few pictures from our holiday gatherings: 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy 13th Birthday!

Happy Birthday
to the most beautiful & precious gift I've ever received! 
 I am forever grateful that God saw fit to allow me to share my life with my special gal.  
Love you, LiviGirl! 
Goldman Photography

Goldman Photography

Goldman Photography
Goldman Photography
Goldman Photography

Monday, December 12, 2011

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." ~ Robert Frost

It's FINALLY Christmas break for me from school! I made it through MedSurg II which means I'm now I'm 3/4 of a nurse. LOL!!! 

Unfortunately Algebra didn't go as well & it looks like I'll probably be retaking it in the spring to get my grade high enough to meet the nursing school's policies. 

In the meantime, I have the next few weeks to enjoy not being under the stresses of school, spend time with Livi, get ready for Christmas & finish getting our house put back together from the move. 

I'm looking forward to checking out the library here in town (it's new!), sleeping in, watching TV without feeling guilty I'm not studying & working on some projects around here that I've put off...like digging into a new cookbook I got for Christmas :)