Friday, January 3, 2014

Foreshadowing: 2014

They say that how you live on the first day of a new year is an indicator of what the rest of the year will look like. I've never quite decided if that's accurate or not, but I did several things on New Year's Day that I hope are examples of how the year will go for me (and C). I generally don't make "resolutions," I don't pick a "word of the year" like so many bloggers do, and I don't even really set "annual goals," mostly because I know myself well enough to know that, come August, I won't remember any of that stuff because I'll be too busy actually living. Maybe that's a bad thing, but... it is what it is. #realtalk

Anyway. In honor of my usual Five for Friday, here's a twist, with five things I did on January 1, 2014, and how I hope they correspond to the rest of the year.

1. What I did: bought a couch
  • This was totally spur of the moment, but also something we've been discussing for a long time (years!). We stumbled upon an awesome New Year's Day sale at a local furniture store, and then stumbled upon the perfect sectional for our living room. So... we bought it. It will be delivered on Saturday, and I will probably never want to sit on anything else, ever again.
What I hope this says for 2014
  • We've been in the new house for just under six months now, and I think that we're settled in enough to start doing the things that will make this house a home. We have several projects we'd like to take on, and several changes we'd like to make in order to have this place really feel like ours. I think buying a couch (also, our first piece of real furniture for this house) is a great first step!
2. What I did: made a pot of chili
  • C & I worked together in the kitchen to find all the ingredients and get it going, and it turned out deliciously, though we didn't follow any sort of recipe. It definitely wasn't black-eyed peas and whatever else you're supposed to eat on New Year's Day, but it was really good!
What I hope this says for 2014
  • We cook a lot around here, but we tend to get into habits (some may call them ruts) of making the exact same things over and over. C & I have talked about a "culinary bucket list" and trying to make some things that are out of our comfort zones. We love to spend time in the kitchen together, and I look forward to lots more time like that in the coming year.
3. What I did: took a nap
  • Come mid-afternoon on Wednesday, C & I settled down in front of the TV to watch some of the college football games that were on, and, before I knew it, we were under blankets and I had the cat curled up in a ball on my lap. Nap time commenced!
What I hope this says for 2014
  • I intend to consciously let myself relax. Shockingly enough, I am a "yes" person - almost any time someone says "do you want to...." I say yes, and next thing I know, we've had no free weekends in a month. C & I had a discussion recently about making the decision to have no plans for at least two weekends a month, as we really need time to do some of the projects and house maintenance things that come with owning a home. It's hard for me to say no, but it's worse when I run myself ragged. Sometimes, I need to say "no" and get some downtime.
4.  What I did: went to the gym
  • I wanted to go to BodyPump, but all the classes at my gym were cancelled for the day. Instead of giving up, I went and did a HIIT workout on the treadmill and truly kicked my own butt. It was just what I needed!
What I hope this says for 2014
  • I've let myself get out of the habit of going to the gym all the time, and I need to find that routine again. Even if there's no class to take, there are workouts I can do on my own. The gym is my happy place, and I want to spend a lot more time there this year than I did in 2013.
5. What I did: went out to lunch with C
  • After the couch-buying-extravaganza, we decided that lunch and a beer were definitely in order. We went to Buffalo Wild Wings, shared some wings, sipped a beer, and talked about a variety of things. It was unplanned, but I'll still call that a date.
What I hope this says for 2014
  • I love including other people in our plans (more people = more fun), but I obviously enjoy spending one-on-one time with my husband, too. We'd like to get back into the routine of having real date nights - we used to do it all the time, but, once we moved, they've kind of fallen by the wayside. In the not too distant future (but NOT NOW), our family of two will likely become a family of three, and we'd like to get in as much quality time together as we can now, before that happens. Time to reinstate the dates!

Do you think your actions / activities on the first day of the year sets the tone for the rest of it? What did you do on New Year's Day that you hope will keep happening in 2014? Do you make (and keep) resolutions?


Kate @ Like American Honey said...

I love this Lindsay! Such a cute idea! You've got to tell me where you go the couch from! We are in the market for furniture for the house too, and I'm running out of furniture stores in the area to check out, haha.

Kristen @ Treats and Travels said...

Your blog's adorable! Found you via the link up and I love Body pump by the way! It's been weeks since I've went at my gym, but cannot wait to start back up again! Happy New Year!

Lisa said...

What a cool idea! We went out to brunch with my BFF then I hung out with another Army wife friends. Let's hope that translates to improved relationships this coming year.

Amanda said...

This is awesome and.... kind of terrifying. I did NOTHING on Jan 1. And procrastinated royally. Oops.

Stephanie @ My Freckled Life said...

I hope my January 1 doesn't indicate my year - we spent 9 hours driving in a car and I had a nasty, NASTY cold and a fever of 100+. Haha. That would be one miserable year! But I love your not-goals for 2014! I'm totally with you on the importance of having some free weekends and date nights. I'm a yes person too, so Chris and I rarely ever have free weekends anymore. It's kind of a problem! I hope 2014 gives us some time for that too!

Katy Desroches said...

2013 was definitely a good year for you, and in my opinion, the house you bought was the best highlight of the year! It wasn't an easy process but you handled it well. Congratulations! You surpassed the overwhelming process of home buying, so there’s no doubt that you’ll achieve all your plans and hopes for 2014.

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