Sorry I have been MIA for the past week or so. Projects, work, Christmas preparation, etc. has prevented me from having a lot of free time recently. Boo. I'd much rather be blogging, don't worry. Anyway, because last week was so busy and this week is going to be so busy, WEverb has and will take a back seat. However, I will be responding to a few of the prompts that I really like. So we are going to jump from day two to day eleven.
What 12 new things do you want to do/accomplish in 2012?
1.Start my own business.
This is one of the biggest things I hope to accomplish this next year. I want to start with selling my handmade items on Etsy and hopefully do some local craft shows, etc. I will be sharing more posts on this in the future as I narrow my goals and put them into action!
After graduating in May, my husband and I are hoping that he will already have a youth ministry job lined up for us to jump into. He has sent out a few resumes and will send out some more next semester, so we have our fingers crossed. Even if he gets a job in the Boise area, we are still hoping to move, hopefully rent a small house wherever we end up. :)
3.Read for fun.
School has a tendency to take the fun out of reading. All of my reading time has been spent reading textbooks and I have a pile of about 30 books that I have bought this last year that I really want to read. I'm hoping to knock out a few over Christmas break, but I'm looking forward to a time when I can just read for fun.
I have a motivation problem when it comes to exercise. And that is fueled by the fact that I have limited time to do anything I actually want to. And exercise is not on the top of that list. What I really want to do is join a Zumba class with a friend, but that involves finding a time that would work for both myself and one of my friends, and that is difficult right now. So hopefully I can do that soon!
5.Write the first draft of a novel.
I love to write fiction. I love it more than most things. Even crafting. I have so many ideas swimming around in my head, but no time to write them. Once we graduate, I would love to have a set hour or so each day where I just sit down and write.
With busy schedules, we find ourselves going out to eat or eating quick convenience foods more often than we should. I'm hoping that next year I will find more fast recipes that don't involve tons of sodium and processed foods so that we can eat a little healthier.
7.Improve my sewing skills.
I am basically a completely self-taught sewer. When I first got my machine, my mother-in-law showed me some of the basics. But beyond that, I don't really know a whole lot. I found this e-course that I think would be really helpful for me. I'm hoping I can use some Christmas money to get that for myself.
8.Upgrade my camera.
The summer before my senior year of high school, right before I went on my trip to Peru, my dad gave me a nice point-and-shoot camera. That is what I'm still using. :/ I've noticed that, in the blogging and crafting world, nice pictures are a necessity. So I am hoping that before I graduate, I can save up enough money to by a nice DSLR camera.
9.Decorate our grown-up space.
Even though Justin and I have been living in an apartment since June, it has always felt temporary. We knew we would be moving out in just a year, so I haven't had much motivation to really make this place feel like home. We spent a lot of time picking out furniture and such, so we like that a lot. But we haven't hung any frames or really invested time into making the space unique. Wherever we move next will hopefully be more permanent and I hope to really make it somewhere I am proud to show off.
10.Get a dog.
I really want a dog. And my husband knows it. I spend hours on craigslist looking at the pets for sale. But, as poor college students, we can't afford a dog and we don't have time to care for one. Plus, we would like something with a yard so we can play with the dog and it doesn't have to be cooped up inside the house. So hopefully this next year. :)
11.Be a mentor.
As soon as Justin gets a job, I will officially be a youth minister's wife. When I was in middle school, my youth minister's wife was one of my biggest role models. She treated me like an equal and an adult and her influence was a huge turning point in my Christian life. I really really want to be that to someone else. I'm far from perfect, but I hope that my love for Christ will make Him shine through.
12.Go to Disneyland.
If you followed my last blog, you know that I love Disneyland. Justin and I went there on our honeymoon and it was so much fun! I have been there a few times before that, but sharing one of my favorite places with my favorite man was so special, I couldn't wait to do it again! So in early June, we are going with Justin's parents for a few days. Once we buy the tickets in January, I will be posting about our trip planning. So excited!
Us on Main Street.