A February To-Do List

1.25.2013

In an effort to not let 2013 pass me by at warp speed and to still get things accomplished, I'm going to create a list of things I want to do each month.  Since we only have a handful of days left in this month, I will be implementing this list in February.

To hold myself accountable, I will be post what I hope to do each month on here.  So without further adieu, I present to you my February list!

ONE: Finally redoing our kitchen cabinets using this seemingly straightforward tutorial.
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 I have been saying since we moved into our house, oh three years ago, that I wanted to redo our awful original cabinets.  I know this won't be a difficult task; just a time consuming one, which for me can prove to be quite difficult.

TWO: I would love to get back into the habit of running on a regular basis, and my hope for February is to run at least 20 miles.

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This may actually prove to be more difficult than it should, but it's a goal and I at least have to work toward it.  I also realize that 20 miles in one month isn't a whole lot, but for the amount I have been running lately, it could still be tough :)

THREE. Figuring out what to do with the big scary wall behind our t.v. in our living room.


This wall puzzles me and stresses me out because not only is it big, but it's the focal point of our living room.  Thankfully Pinerest has provided a couple of ideas...

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These are the three main things I'm going to focus on in February, but there is also a very good possibility I'll think of other things I need to do in the 28 days of the month! I'll try my absolute hardest to keep y'all posted on the progress.

On that note, I should probably also add blogging more to the the list :)

Wish me luck!


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Today is Never Too Late

1.18.2013

Most people make their resolutions/goals/whatevers by January 1.  I, however, need a bit more time to fully grasp that we have indeed began a fresh start and this is my chance to be set my eyes on what this year will bring and offer.

As I said here, 2012 was not my favorite, but that doesn't change the fact that it was necessary.  Sometimes to appreciate being fully "awake," you have to be "asleep" for a little bit.  That's what I felt like throughout too much of 2012; I lost sight on the things I enjoy and the things that make me happy.

I started writing for the Examiner last October, but somewhere along the way, I stopped driving my passion and allowed cruise control get me to the end of the year (I know you're loving all of my analogies in this post). I kept blaming my lack of writing on writers block, which is not a lie, but the other part of it is I just stopped putting in the effort it needed and deserved. If I want my dream of being a sports writer to come into fruition, I have to actually work for it.

Another thing I started last fall were guitar lessons. Now, keep in mind, I never have had aspirations to be a music star, but I would like to be able to play well. In order for this to happen, practice has to be constant and it has to happen. I skimped in both of these areas, and I'm making a vow to myself to not let that happen this year.

These are two things I enjoy and want to be better at and therefore, should have no problem committing free time to.  But one thing I learned about myself last year is that when things aren't easy, I implement a defense mechanism called "laziness" OR I am just too busy with other things to focus on the things that I'm learning aren't easy.

With that said, one goal I have for this bright, shiny new year is to kick laziness to the curb. I'm not talking about just embracing having nothing to do because I believe there are times we all need to do that; I'm talking about letting life and it's blessings pass me by. No more!

Too often, I believe we set goals without actually taking the time to prayerfully preparing ourselves for what that entails. Words are easy, but in order for goals to be reached, action is a must.  It's easy to get in a habit of doing "just enough" or only what is required; but my resolution for this year is to go beyond that.  To be better than I was yesterday and still strive for improvement tomorrow.

I know we're in the latter half of January, but as a wise girl once said, "today is never too late to be brad new..."  I have to remember that in whatever I do, I should do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).  God uses trials to teach us; I just have to be willing to learn.  2012 was a learning year and I will work to take those lessons into 2013.  



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Wordless Wednesday (for the most part)

1.09.2013

(Shock of all shocks, I plan on having a real, true post tomorrow...but until then, this is what y'all get!)

Normally, I would just share one picture for this type of post, but I couldn't choose between these two and I hope you love them as much as I do!


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So much of the time we're focused on going, going and then going a little bit more. This is just to remind each of us (myself included) that a calm life is more than enough to be happy about!

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One thing I want to attempt to like this year, is tea. Another thing I HAVE to attempt is to remember to savor the moments before jumping into the unknown or any "adventures" 2013 has in store for me/us.

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Happy middle of the week everyone!
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Nashville and Christmas Recap!

1.04.2013

Here it is, the fourth day of the new year, and it just dawned on me that I hadn't blogged about our awesome trip to Music City or Christmas! Seriously. I promise one of my goals of 2013 is to blog more regularly.

The Wednesday before Christmas, we hit the road and arrived in Nashville mid-afternoon.  And since it's in the Central timezone, we gained a hour which was a gift. We had enough time to relax before heading out to one of the most historical places in Nashville; the Bluebird Cafe. I was like a little kid before getting there just thinking about the artists that have been discovered or preformed there; Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Bonnie Raitt...Taylor Swift :)



Thursday was pretty low-key and consisted of venturing through downtown and the Country Music Hall of Fame.  It was freezing and extremely windy, but it didn't matter to me; I was just so happy to be there.





Friday night we went to Opry Night at the Ryman, also known as the Mother Church of Country Music. I actually hadn't heard of most of the acts, but the last performance was from the Band Perry, which was pretty exciting.




Overall, I'd say we did our first trip to Nashville the right way.  I hope to go back several more times because I kinda fell in love with the Music City.  And who knows...maybe one of these days I'll get to grace the Bluebird Cafe stage. (I can dream, can't I?)

Fast forward a few days and we're back in Charlotte and it's Christmas eve.  Before heading over to Andrew's parents, we took some time to pray and do our Christmas devotional. It was the perfect way to kick off what's always a magical night.




Per usual, the kids were kids and were so excited about what awaited beneath the tree.  It's a special thing to spend Christmas with kids and see the magic through their eyes.  After the festivities, we went home and watched a true Christmas classic...Charlie Brown Christmas.  I love that movie so much and no December is complete without watching it at least once.

Christmas day was extremely relaxing since we just stayed home and ate, watched the Santa Clause, some basketball and then ate some more.

he can't play at all, but he looks cute faking it :)
hooray for a coffee maker!
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 From start to finish, I'd say it was a pretty spectacular Christmas. 


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Peace Out 2012...Welcome 2013

1.01.2013

No offense, 2012, but I'm glad you're done.  You had your fun moments, but there were a few too many trials for my taste.  I will always embrace the ways God is stretching me and pushing me, but struggles are what they are, and that is hard.  Don't get me wrong; I was blessed beyond belief, but that doesn't change the fact that at times it was just straight up hard.
2012 could be best be described as a roller coaster; one minute you were sweet and the next, bitter.  You were a year of trials and triumphs; celebrations and goodbyes.

Last year was an absolute whirlwind of emotions, which is not something I handle very well and too much of the time, I felt as though I was on autopilot.  I took on too much this year and it showed up in so many ways.  The least of which was this blog. I missed it, but didn't have enough energy or desire left over to do anything about missing it.

My pledge to myself, my husband, and above all, my God, is to be still.  Not physically, but mentally and emotionally. I pledge to embrace peace and quiet, but also be open to what God has in store for 2013. I pledge to be present in everything I do and to be thoughtful.

I pledge to live 2013 to the fullest.

As far as resolutions go, I suppose the above could be considered resolutions, but I plan on working on some true "resolutions" or goals that I'll post in the next few days.

So with this, I wave goodbye to a year of growth and say hello to a new year of God's mercies and teachings.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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