Blessed

Girls’ Day

It had been quite some time (months, maybe?) since my mom, sister, and I had hung out together. We were blessed to be able to spend most of Thursday with each other because our schedules aligned!

Girls Day

I had the day off of my regular job and only had to pet sit two dogs, Hannah finished her classes in the morning, and my mom and sister were at my house by the early afternoon!

We were able to visit Hannah’s jeweler to get her engagement ring resized, browse around some decoration stores, enjoy a lovely dinner together, and I even got to do a little photoshoot of Hannah. It was such a great day, and just what I needed. I miss living with my family, but the time we spend together now is extra special, and something I cherish so very much.

We filmed a vlog to remember our day, and I think it adequately shows the silliness that ensues when we hang out.

I went to sleep that night feeling incredibly blessed. It was a good day 🙂

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How my 2015 goals panned out

Just like that, 2015 is almost over. It boggles my mind. This year has been absolutely amazing. It was mine and Jimmy’s first full calendar year of marriage, and we have made it out alive so far! I love him more each and every day. Looking back on 2015, I feel incredibly blessed–the things that happened (or didn’t happen!), the blessing of having a roof over my head, loving the work that I get to do each day, the people in my life, and on and on. I am thankful for everything. It has been a year of growth and learning for me.

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Aaaaad cue random photo of our dogwood tree blooming in April 😉

I’m here to post about how I did on my goals for 2015, so I’ll try and stay on track with that instead of reminisce on how fast the year went. Below (in italics) are my goals from this post and how I think I did.

2015 goals
“Get organized. I want to get back into meal planning and organize our basement.”
-I did well with meal planning and organized our basement at the beginning of the year. I sliced my thumb on a food processor blade while organizing, but it was successful nonetheless!

“Travel as much as possible. I don’t care where I go, I just want to travel as much as I can!”
-Jimmy and I had a chance to visit West Virginia, Maryland, and North Carolina.

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Visiting the Outer Banks in August. I miss it so much!

“Write. I want to write as much as possible by journaling, blogging, writing letters, freelancing, etc.”
-I think I wrote almost every day–either in my journal, in letters, or on my blog–in 2015. I would have liked to do more freelancing, but there’s always next year!

“Take care of my nails. I pick at my cuticles until they bleed. Must. stop. doing. that. I figure that if I paint my nails regularly, I’ll be less likely to pick at them.”
-I started out really well with this goal. I painted my nails each Sunday for a few months and then fell off the bandwagon. I did pick back up with this goal at the beginning of this month, though!

“Decorate a room in our house. I am terrible with decorating. I want to decorate at least one room this year. I’m pathetic, I know.”
-I did okay with this goal. I didn’t fully decorate one room, but I did sparsely decorate our living room and bedroom. I bought curtains for both rooms, a comforter for our bedroom, and some decorations for the living room. I also painted a mandala on a canvas for our bedroom.

“Plant a garden. From what I’ve heard, the previous owners of our home had an incredible garden and composted a ton. Now the garden area is full of weeds. I know it has potential, though!”
-It turned out that the garden of weedin’ was a garden of Eden. Sorry for that cheesy joke. Jimmy and I planted our garden in May and we still have kale growing now in December. It has been awesome and I can’t wait to do it all again in 2016.

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“Read 50 books. I’ve been trying to do this every year since 2011, haha.”
-After years of trying to complete this goal, I finally read 50 books in a year. I attribute this accomplishment to audio books and being finished with college. As of right now, I have read 71 books this year.

“Read the Bible again. Jimmy and I have started reading our chronological Bible together, and are hoping to finish the whole thing in 2015.”
-This was a bit of a lofty goal considering mine and Jimmy’s busy schedule, so we left off somewhere in the Old Testament a few months into 2015. We figured that we were better off spending time studying portions of the Bible for understanding versus trying to read the whole thing in a year and not fully grasping everything.

“Re-read The Purpose Driven Life. This will be the third time. I love that book.”
-I finished the book in June. Loved it just as much as the first two times I read it.

Overall, I did pretty well with what I set out to accomplish in 2015. Aside from the above goals, I had a lot of personal growth as a person and a Christian in 2015, which is what I am most thankful for. God has taught me a lot about myself and I’m excited to see what He has in store for next year.

I’ve thought about what I’d like to accomplish in 2016, and it’s going to be very different from previous years–in a good way. I’ll be blogging more about it at the end of this month or in early January!

Do you set goals in January?
How has 2015 been for you?