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Well, I can’t believe another year has come and gone. It has been a rough year for so many of us, and I am thankful to have last year behind me. Lots of good things happened too, but I am always ready for the fresh start that a new year brings. Looking back at my last year resolutions, I only did so so, but that is okay. I did what I could, and while it could have been more, that is what life is about, learning and growing.

One goal that I did meet was being able to take the kids on a surprise vacation when we took them to California and Disneyland in April. That was an incredible trip, and we had a blast! My parents came with us and were able to experience the fun of watching our kids discover the magic there. 🙂

The best part of last year though for me was something that didn’t even happen to me directly.  My sister and her husband were chosen by a birth mom, and were able to adopt a sweet little girl.  It has been an incredible  journey for them and I couldn’t be happier for our entire family as we welcome Katie into our lives.

For this year? I have many of the same goals. This is the year that I find a better way to balance all aspects of my life. Simple right?

So my goals…

  • Fitness – thanks to my friend Annette, all of you can join me as I use her fantastic site, My Fitness Trainer (now Free!)  to continue my quest to get into shape. I will also be going to the gym 3 – 5 times a week, eating healthier, and just trying to “move” more. As I do this, I know I will feel better and have more energy that will help me meet my other goals.
  • Business – a simple yet hard goal. List more, work more consistently throughout the year so I don’t need to put in 12 – 15 hour days the last 3 months of the year, and try to get more wholesale accounts.
  • Family – spend more quality time with them. Sounds simple right? It isn’t. Working from home means there are no set hours, you are always “at work”, and have you met my boss? She can be slightly demanding at times, okay, most of the time! LOL! It is hard to have set hours to work on the torch or in the office taking pictures, working on listings, etc. I need to find a way to set  hours to work, and try to work only when the kids are at school or asleep. It won’t quite work that way, but I need to get closer to that this year.
  • Kids – I want this new year to  provide new experiences and opportunities for growth for them. The girls are taking piano lessons, Daylyn is taking violin, and I want to find something that the boys would like to do. Now don’t get me wrong, the boys are loving school, involved with clubs there,and of course Young Mens, but if there is something else they would like to do, I want to find a way for them to do it.
  • Church – I love my new calling as Secretary for the Young Women in my ward. I want to work harder this year with the girls as they work on their Personal Progress. I want to find fun ways to motivate them, and provide assistance to them as they work towards their goals. It is a wonderful program, and I know I learned so much as I earned my Medallion, and I want the girls to have that experience as well.

So there it is, in black and white for all to see. The kids have their resolutions too, and with hard work, I am hoping we can all achieve our resolutions and goals this year. Good luck to all of you as you greet the New Year too, and may it be a wonderful year for all of us.

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New Year Resolutions

I thought I better actually write out all my resolutions/dreams for this year. You have a better chance of succeeding if you do. I also figure by posting them here, I will be more accountable for them.

My New Year Resolutions

  • Spend more quality time with my family
  • A Family Vacation full of surprises for the kids.
  • Have dates with Chris at least 2 times a month, this does not include going to Fred Meyers together!
  • Have Mom/Dad “dates” with the kids again. I really miss this.
  • Hit the gym 5 times a week, not 3, I am determined to lose the last of this weight!
  • Declutter the house more – we have too much stuff!
  • Organize my office and studio so I can be more efficient with my time.
  • List something new on etsy at least 4 times a week.
  • Post to my blog at least once a week.

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