Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years Resolutions

I'm notoriously bad at keeping resolutions.  Yet every year I find myself making a new list and when I don't accomplish it, I beat myself up.  What can I say?  I'm a glutton for punishment.  ;)  

So this year maybe I should attempt to set smaller, more realistic goals.  Things that I have a chance of actually completing.  




1.  Be gentle with myself.  
My Mother gave me a framed copy of Desiderata one year.  I've always liked the last two paragraphs the most:

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore, be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams; it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

I have this sitting on my personal alter where I can see it daily and be reminded.




2.  Craft more.  
Tuning into my inner crafty chica really helps me to relax.  I tend to get all caught up in the day to day struggles that sometimes I don't make the time to do the things I love.  I plan to remedy this!




3.  Become more organized.  
It's in my nature to be messy.  I've accepted this about myself and perhaps have gotten a bit too comfortable with it.  This really hit home this week when I spent 8 hours cleaning my bedroom.  That is just crazy!  So in order to accomplish this, I think I need to concentrate on putting things back in their proper place as soon as I'm done with it.  I always toss things down with the intention of putting it away later.  Yeah....that never happens!  


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4.  Dedicate more time to my spirituality.  
Again, this is something that gets pushed aside because I'm so busy with my daily routine.  I used to be so in tune with my spirituality and I felt better, more connected because of it.  So my resolution here is to spend a small amount of time daily either reading books that pertain, meditating, etc.  

There are many other things I could add to this list but I don't want to overwhelm myself!  

What is your most important resolution for the upcoming year? 

Saying Goodbye To The Old

I know every other blogger out there is doing a year in review post, so I figured I'd jump on the bandwagon too!  
This year has been fairly uneventful for me...other than all my car drama...and pet drama...lol.  I lost my precious Outback in a car wreck (this still stings) and gained a newer Subaru (not as awesome as Suki but no car ever will be).  

Drove all the way Illinois to go camping with my friend Ashley.  I was super excited because I had a brand new HUGE tent among other camping goodies.  :)


While we were there I got a beautiful henna tattoo...



I spent much time with good friends like Channon!  We grew up across the street from each other and have been close since we were kids.  


I also spent a lot of time with family...especially my sister!  


I enjoyed a Labor Day picnic with my parents....




Went wading in the creek...


My sweet sister gave me a bicycle...which was later stolen.


I took the boys to the zoo many, many times over the summer!




Bought my very first Violet Bella dress!  



Scored a free sewing machine on freecycle.com.

Participated in yarn bombing...


Crafted many things...



Spent lots of time whipping up new recipes!


Started a garden...







Enjoyed the "wildlife" on my porch!


Spent way too much time (and money) at my home away from home...


Purchased a new kitchen floor!  Thanks again P for all your help with that!


Said goodbye to some precious pets...


Enjoyed my skunk's antics!


Said hello to a new friend...Ingrid.


Took the plunge and FINALLY cut my bangs short!



Cleaned and organized...


Watched my little sister get married...


Joined Weight Watchers and actually lost weight...until I became too poor to continue the program!



How was your year?  

Friday, December 30, 2011

My Week

I'm simply amazed how quickly this week has gone by.  I don't want it to end!  If only I could set this week on repeat.  I've spent time with family and friends (both new and old).  It's been lovely.

  I ordered glasses a few weeks ago and they finally arrived yesterday!  I was a little nervous purchasing glasses online (without being able to try them on) but it worked out well.  Despite being on the large side, I love these glasses!  I have my eye on several more but that will have to wait a bit!  I want to share this website with you all because you can't beat glasses for as low as $6.95!  
Zennioptical.com





I freely admit I have a problem.  It's called kittenitis!  I can't seem to stop taking pictures of cute little Ruby!  :)  


Yarn:  the ultimate kitten toy!  

All tuckered out!



Oh yes...the little pink kitten tongue!  So cute!



Tibet has always been a "mother hen".  He takes care of every creature that comes into my life.  Be it a pet rat, bird, or another kitty...he will groom it and love it and sometimes even NURSE it.  I've tried telling him that he's a boy but that doesn't seem to phase him!  So here he is nursing Bast!


It's been a busy week and I have kept myself well fortified with coffee!


I made some festive  sugar cookies just for fun!





I finally tackled a project that has been weighing on my mind since June.  My BEDROOM!  Yes, it was bad enough to earn that capitalized bold font.  I briefly considered posting pictures of the mess but then decided it would be far too embarrassing!  It took a total of eight hours but it is at long last, done!  Here are just a few snapshots...I will try to post more another time.  






I also worked on my living room.  I took the tree down this week so I was able to rearrange the furniture again.  Whew!  Went a whole month without doing that.  It was tough on me.  ;)  




I hope you all have had an awesome week!  New Year's is fast approaching...which means that I will be another year older this Sunday!  :)