Thursday, January 2, 2014

Recharge, Recalibrate, and Restart

Happy New Year! 2014 is here whether you like it or not. I have decided to use the New Year as an opportunity to refresh this blog.

New Years Eve
Earlier in the week we talked about maybe going to First Night Raleigh to watch the Acorn Drop, but after going back-and-forth about it, we decided to pass this year. We treated ourselves with dinner at The Cheesecake Factory then went home for a Can't Hardly Wait screening and Twitter chat #barrymanilow with Ethan Embry. After the movie we watched the Raleigh Acorn Drop and went to bed shortly after.

New Years Day
The second Wednesday in a row that we were both off from work. I always wondered what the work week would feel like if we had Wednesdays off in addition to the weekend. Now I know - on the positive side it allows for more time for hobbies and napping, but on the negative side it makes Thursday feel like a second Monday, and who needs two Mondays every week? Not me.

To celebrate the day I cooked up a pot of Hoppin' John for the first time ever. Recently, I discovered that it is a southern tradition to eat black-eyed peas (they represent coins and prosperity) and corn bread (because it's the color of gold) to bring good luck in the new year. With a whole day at home, I figured, why not? My trial was a success!

After lunch we walked a brisk lap around Lake Lynn then I spent some time catching up on blog reading. We finished the first day of the year with a few episodes of Burning Love, a late dinner of leftovers and kitten playtime.

The previous 12 months were really big for us. We kicked off the year traveling with family. We celebrated 4 weddings with friends and family and we worked together to plan our own wedding. I started a new job. Aaron went sky diving! We got married! We We celebrated the holidays in Maryland and in North Carolina.

We have a few big goals for 2014 and I have a handful of resolutions. The biggest one is that we hope to become home owners this year! I am so excited to start our house search and even more excited to furnish and decorate our future home.

Of course, there are the goals that I set for myself every year at the beginning of January; workout more, learn to cook new dishes, spend more time learning a new hobby, save more. This year I have taken these resolutions a level deeper and set specific, attainable goals for myself.

  • Complete my first Project Life album to document our wedding day and our honeymoon to Bryson City, NC.
  • Take Marie Forleo's advice and figure out how to "Never do anything ‘just for the money.’"
  • Make a batch of home made marshmallows from scratch.
  • Get to the gym a minimum of once a week.
  • Cook a fantastic steak dinner.
  • Plan two weekend trips to explore NC.
Cheers to a new year!

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