I’m joining my friend Elaine over at The Miss Elaine-ous Life today for Old School Blogging! This is a long one but it was crazy to think back over a whole year. My memory isn’t what it used to be!!
1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
HUGE bucket list…I traveled to Italy!! It was even better than I imagined.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I’m sure I had at least one. To lose the pesky pounds that I’ve gained over the past two years. However, I didn’t write it down and I didn’t keep it so it doesn’t count…right? For this year, I have so many. I’m terrible at putting them out there because I don’t like to fail but I need the accountability so I’ll tell you a few.
a) The pounds. They need to be lost. I need less jiggle and more wiggle. Whatever that means. I just need to get serious about getting healthy again because I’ve really let stress take over for the past couple of years.
b) Read more. As in, real books. With chapters and no pictures.
c) Find something for me. I spend so much time doing everything that I think will make everyone else happy and I think 2014 needs to be the year that I find some purpose for myself. What has God called me to do? I have no idea outside of taking care of my husband and kids but I know a few things I love to do and I’m hoping to find ways to incorporate those into my life more. If I could find what I want to be when I grow up in the process, that would be stellar.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My cousin’s wife had a baby boy and that’s the only one I can remember. There must have been more.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
A sweet lady that I was in Bible study with shortly after we moved here. It’s the strangest thing to me because our Bible study was only 7 weeks long but when she suddenly got sick and passed away afterwards, I felt her loss so deeply. I am still just so sad about it. We were a Bible study full of 30 somethings and she was in her 70’s yet she really seemed to love being in there with all of us. She was genuinely the sweetest lady. I can’t explain how she impacted me in the short time I knew her.
5. What countries did you visit?
England, France, Belgium, Italy and the United States. I think that’s it!
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
Focus. In so many areas. I need to be more disciplined and I want to focus less on what others think. I’d like to also focus more on loving those around me. Survival mode needs to be switched off! Also, exercise.
7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
July 4. We had just gotten back to the US days before and were celebrating with friends who moved here from England at the same time as us. We just felt so content and so happy to be home.
December 30. Our family was here and we celebrated my amazing husband’s promotion. That night, we stayed up late playing Rock Band and pretending to be rock stars. It was the most fun EVER.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I made it through in one piece. The huge things that made me feel like my world was upside down look smaller in hindsight.
9. What was your biggest failure?
UGH. Weight gain. Plenty of it.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Hmmmmm. This is a tough one. A new car, maybe? We were down to one for our duration in England and it was our giant SUV so when we moved back, we needed to add a second and more economical (re: not a gas hog) vehicle to our family.
12. Where did most of your money go?
Travel. Moving expenses.
13. What did you get really excited about?
Finding out our next assignment. Going to Italy. Moving. Finding out that J. made his promotion. Getting to see family after two years!
14. What song will always remind you of 2013?
Unfortunately, it will be “What Does the Fox Say?”