Tuesday, February 25, 2014

2104 Resolutions : How I am doing

If you recall, I posted my resolutions at the beginning of the year. I figured 2 months in was a good time to check in and see how I was doing.

1. Go to church more and grow closer to God. : C and I slacked on our church going. Most of that was my fault because I had some serious frustrations I had to get over. It is really important for C and I to get back into church and to grow in our own individual relationships with God as well as our marriage relationship with God. 

Now : I think we have made it to church once or twice. We have had have so much going on or we have traveled that it has been hard. We both agree this is the big priority right now. 

2. Make my marriage a priority : C and I struggled quite a bit in our relationship this past year. We has some really really really big storms come through our life and we are still working on getting back on track. So it is important to me to make my marriage more of a priority. 

Now : I can honestly say that this has been a HUGE success. We have both been working together to make our marriage better, and we could not be happier with the progress.

3. Take more pride in myself. : I am lumping all it in one here. I want to get back to eating healthy, exercising more, actually taking the 30 minutes it takes me to get ready instead of sleeping those extra few minutes. 

Now : I've been eating remotely healthy all year so far, but it took me a month and a half to really get back to exercising. But I am going strong now! I take the time to get ready more often, but still not often enough for my taste. I still need to work on not sleeping until the last second. 

4. Read 100 books. : They can be books I have already read, or new ones, but I want to read more instead of being on social media or in front of the TV.

Now : I have had a hard time finding time to read, but I got my Kindle charged and ready to go for when I finally force myself to sit down and read. 

5. Simplify my life. : We have so much crap that C and I have just gathered over the past 4 years, and we started the process of getting rid of it all in December, but it has carried over to 2014. We are going to get rid of the crap and stop buying things we don't need. 

Now: We are still going through and getting rid of tons of stuff. We only buy things we need or things that have been on our list for a long time, like a rug for the hall. We have really cut down of excessive spending on things that are not important.

6. This resolution included talking about a little bit of our financials, and I have decided to remove this from my blog for now. 

Now : I've decided not to share this on my blog anymore. 

7. Learn a new skill. : Last year, C and I bought a bow and some arrows and we used it once. I've been talking about learning a new skill for a while, and I really want to do that this year. It can be learning how to use a bow and arrow, or it can be a new language. I simply want to learn something that no one can take away from me. 

Now : I still suck at using the bow and arrow. I would still love to learn that skill, but I am focused on becoming a runner right now. I have never been a runner of any kind before so running is a skill I would love to have!

8. Get more organized. : After such a hectic past 6 months, I am in some serious need of getting organized. I had such a hard time finding what I needed the last few months, and I don't want that to happen again! 

Now : I am so much more organized now! I can't wait for spring cleaning to kick in though because I really have a few more areas that really need tackled. 

9. Become more self sufficient. : C and I talked quite a bit about this, we both agree we want to become more self sufficient. We plan on starting a garden, and actually growing something, along with making our own mixes (cake, seasonings, etc), breads, sauces, etc. 

Now : Since it is isn't gardening season yet, we are just in planning mode still. 

10. No buying clothes/shoes/jewelry for an entire year. : I saw another blogger do this last year, and I am vowing to do it thins year. I spent so much on clothes, and I got so many clothes for Christmas, and I don't wear half of them. So I am challenging myself to not buy any of it all year. Obviously with working on getting healthy, some weight will be lost, and I might HAVE to buy some clothes because I will need stuff that will fit, but I have saved some gift cards to use, and so I plan on using those for that. I am really going to try and not spend anything other than gift cards on clothes, and that is only when I have no other choice. 

Now : 2 months in and I have to say I am so so so proud of myself! I have only purchased 2 sleep shirts from Victoria's Secret because I had 2 $20 credits that were going to expire and I really needed new sleep shirts. I have not purchased any jewelry, shoes, or clothes other than that. And I have no plans to until I need to because my clothes are too big. I have saved so much money by not buying so much stuff I don't need! 

I can't wait to see how this looks in a few more months! 

How are you doing on your resolutions?

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