I started 2005 looking to live a life less ordinary. Did I succeed? In many ways, yes. I tried to incorporate new things into my life that would challenge me, make me happy with myself, and make me feel more rounded as a person. Here are some of my 2005 Highlights:
- Florence and Rome, Italy: this can be summed up in a short phrase --food, culture, art, oh my!
- Breckenridge, Colorado: there’s nothing like riding on sweet powder (albeit in 10-degree weather) and taking a holiday with a large group of friends.
- Miami, Florida: 3 separate trips (bachelorette party, with 2 other couples, and one last trip with just me and the hubs –all great experiences)
- Caribbean Cruise to the Bahamas, Belize, and the Cayman Islands.
- continued playing in a band. Played actual gigs in front of actual people! Played at legendary CBGB’s!
- read tons of books, and I mean tons. I don’t even know how many.
- spent a lot of time with friends, tried a few new restaurants, saw a lot of shows/concerts including: Interpol, Depeche Mode, Bloc Party, etc.
- got exposed to a lot of great new music!
- threw a "housewarming BBQ" (2 years after we moved in) which a lot of our friends attended
Home and Family:
- spent time with the hubs and in the home; spent a lot of time with family
- successfully conceived a little bebe in less time than it takes to mail a letter to the Philippines from the U.S. --we are blessed!
- experienced/experiencing the “expectant mom” life
- worked on home projects little by little and continue to make our house our home
What am I looking forward to this year? This year will definitely be different that all the rest. For one, I will be a mom come March (or maybe sooner) and that will change my life forever and ever. It will change our lives forever and ever. No longer will the hubs and I be our own little unit. Now, we have to make room for someone else! It'll be a scary adventure, but I'm happy to go down that path with none other than the hubs by my side.
Here’s a few resolutions (both frivolous and serious) in light of the new year (and the new addition):
25 New Year’s Resolutions
- consciously make better food choices and eat healthier (so I can be healthier and more energetic for the little bunny)
- incorporate some form of exercise everyday (even 10 minutes of walking is better than none)
- buy less things for myself and concentrate only on the necessities of the little one (although I think I won't have a choice on this one even if I wanted to buy that new pair of shoes!)
- be more organized (about everything in general)
- be conscientious about cleaning the house
- throw/donate/give away things we don’t need
- work on lowering my cholesterol. Really.
- save more money (once I start working again)
- find a balance between the “mom life” and “me life” that suits me
- but be sure pursue individual passions and interests and make time for them
- yet make sure to spend quality time with the hubs
- work on relationship with mom and dad (and try to end phone conversations with "i love you" at the end)
- be more patient (with everything and everyone)
- drive slower and forget about road rage (no, it's not really worth it to chase someone down and honk at them just because they cut you off)
- stop letting little things get to me
- resolve not to use credit cards for clothes, books, and other non-necessities
- borrow more books from the library and buy less books
- cook more and eat out less
- spend time and make time for friends who make time for me (everyone says you’ll know who your friends really are once you have kids….hmm)
- try not to miss church for any reason (and no, 3 out of 4 sundays a month is not good enough)
- stop being envious of what people have and be happy for what I have
- stop comparing myself to others and realize that i can only be me
- wash my face every night (no fail!) and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! (i'm not getting any younger!)
- constantly strive to be a better person
- stop procrastinating --carpe diem!
I have a feeling it's going to be a great year for everyone!