Now that my 26th birthday has come and gone, and I’ve been heartily spoiled by one and all, and I ate an entire gigantic waffle cone full of peppermint ice cream in no time flat, it’s time to revisit my List from last year of goals for my 25th year.
1. Become a better hostess.
I’m getting there! Better has definitely happened–my next occasion to hostess is coming on Thursday, so we’ll see. This is a continuing goal for me, and for my 26th year, I’m being inspired by this quote from one of my favorite blogs: “People should leave your presence feeling better about themselves, not better about you.”
2. Learn how to do makeup properly.
Getting there!! I’ve expanded my makeup arsenal and I’m learning, slowly but surely.
3. Get a job that I like!
I feel proud and blessed to say that I’ve accomplished this goal :)
4. Get fit, and keep some sort of regular workout plan.
Unfortunately, I’ve fallen off the wagon where workouts are concerned since I’ve started my second trimester. But, I’m still going on walks, lifting weights a few times a week, and eating healthily, so I’m cutting myself a break. This goal wasn’t made with being pregnant in mind! And, Bert’s starting P90X-ing, so while he does that crazy stuff, I do my own workouts and it helps keep me motivated!
5. Make new curtains for the living room
I didn’t make them, but I bought them! So that counts. Number five, check!
6. Providing that I get a job that requires me to look presentable, fix up my wardrobe with things I actually like to wear, and get rid of what I don’t.
This is another continuous goal, but I have a lot more clothes I feel comfortable in, and I think I officially have a “style.” Again, this wasn’t made with being pregnant in mind.
7. Get the house a little more “finished.”
I accomplished almost all of my sub-goals (???) for this one, so I’m counting number 7 as accomplished! I’m officially onto the decoration part of decor. Yeah!!
8. Find a charity to work with.
Ouch. This one didn’t happen. That’s pretty disappointing, I’m not going to lie. I won’t make excuses, either. This will stay on the goal list for next year.
Again, ongoing, but since working for the ranch, the library and I have rekindled our relationship because the feed store is next door. I’m currently working my way through my latest bag of books. Right now, I’m reading one of the Wars of the Roses series by Conn Iggulden, and it’s pretty good!
10. Relax. Enjoy life, acquire some patience, and every day be grateful for what I have.
I think I’ve made some big leaps where this goal is concerned! Again, obviously ongoing, but I think I’ve come out of my 25th year with a more grateful and patient heart.
11. Perfect my homemade ravioli.
Another one that didn’t happen. No excuses for this one, either. I just need to hunker down and try out some recipes!!
So, all in all, not bad. 25 was a good year, and although there were some curve balls in there, I’d say it was the best one yet!
My goals for 26 are fewer, but more important. My number goal, obviously, is to:
1. Have a baby.
I would add something like “I want to have an all-natural birth and be in labor for an hour and bring cupcakes for the staff with homemade buttercream and chocolate buttons,” but let’s not get too big for our britches. I’ll just take happy and healthy :) I’m pretty sure that’s self-explanatory. As is #2:
2. Keep him alive and happy.
3. Somewhere along the way, work “Mom” into my identity, right along “Wife” and “Daughter” and all the other things that make me myself. Because they’re all important.
I have no plan for to do this, because there isn’t one. I’m just hoping, by the grace of God, that I can do all of these things. Not “do it all,” in that sense. But become a mom without losing the rest of what makes me me–that would be awfully boring for all the parties involved :) Does that make sense? It does in my head, which, since this is my list, is really all that matters, I guess.
4. Bake some bread.
5. Continue on my ongoing/unfinished goals from last year.
Reading, charity work, eyeshadow, ravioli, hostessing, patience–I’m comin’ for ya!
And, obviously, the common goal shared by all new moms who have succeeded in keeping their child alive and all of the other important things:
6. Lose the baby weight.
Not overnight, not all at once, and maybe not in all the same places, but I miss my old jeans and having a waist!
7. Keep working on my budgeting skills.
For groceries, house stuff, etc.
8. More time with the family.
Buuuut I bet they’ll want to come see Junior, so I don’t think that will be a problem. Judging by his latest 3D ultrasound pictures, he’s a pretty cute little guy :)
I have other goals–some that are a little more personal (not like that, but not everything is for the internets, after all!) and some that are a little less important: work on my gardening, landscape the front yard, become a master photographer, publish a coffee table book with cows in it, market my own line of hair-care potions, make all my granola from scratch–but those aren’t official because I have no idea what this year is going to bring an I am not doing that to myself.
So, here it is! 26. Taylor Swift doesn’t have a song about that yet, so I don’t have anything catchy to say about it. Maybe that should be a goal? Write catchy things about being 26? That rhyme with bricks, and kicks, and sticks, and licks?
I don’t know. Maybe not. I’ll just stick with successfully birthing a child and stuff.
Happy Monday from Jay and Gaucho, aka Sir of the Weird Ear, and Master I-Lay-Down-For-Everything :)