December 29, 2010

Future Self

December 21 – Future Self. Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead? (Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?) (Author: Jenny Blake)

Baby or not, you need to exercise. It is the only thing that is going to keep you going. Two kids is going to be a lot to handle on your own. Just do a little bit at a time and I am sure that you will love it!

Self from 10 years ago,
I think you should know that the Navy is going to be one of the best things you ever do for yourself. Don't be scared, it's a piece of cake! When you are pregnant, please, do not eat for two. You don't need to. You will get depression after the baby is born. Please, find someone to talk to. That is all you need and you will make it through. I love you!

Beyond Avoidance

December 20 – Beyond Avoidance. What should you have done this year but didn’t because you were too scared, worried, unsure, busy or otherwise deterred from doing? (Bonus: Will you do it?) (Author: Jake Nickell)

Exercise and eat strictly healthy. I have been making excuses for myself all year! Today is a rainy day and I should walk over to the gym with Aiden. Then I tell myself no because they probably won't like Aiden being in there with me.


December 19 – Healing. What healed you this year? Was it sudden, or a drip-by-drip evolution? How would you like to be healed in 2011? (Author: Leonie Allan)

The Power of a Praying Wife - Stormie Omartian
This book has done a lot in the little bit that I have read. I want to continue reading it and after I finish it I want to go through it again on the subjects that I feel still need God's hand. Praying for my husband has put a change in me and if I keep at it, hopefully it will be a permanent change.


December 18 – Try. What do you want to try next year? Is there something you wanted to try in 2010? What happened when you did / didn’t go for it? (Author: Kaileen Elise)

I would love to try surfing! I have wanted to do that forever and have always put it off. 

I wanted to start my photography business this year and did. Although, all of the sessions I did were free and when someone tried handing me money for it I would decline. It felt really good to photograph other people. I was really happy at those moments. Hopefully I will be more persistent this year in advertising whether it be on craigslist or somewhere else. I also need to be persistent in taking those classes I have wanted to take forever! 

Lesson Learned

December 17 – Lesson Learned. What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward? (Author: Tara Weaver)

Without persistence I will get nowhere in life.
I hope to remember this and push through my walls of believing I can't be better at photography, or no one wants me to take their pictures and I shouldn't waste my time.

I will never be the perfect mom or wife.
I will still never stop striving to do the best for my family though.


December 16 – Friendship. How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst? (Author: Martha Mihalick)

Just that everyone needs someone to lean on. 

5 Minutes

December 15 – 5 Minutes. Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010. (Author: Patti Digh)

1. How big Aiden has gotten this year. His speech has gotten so much better. 

2. Aiden asking me how the baby was going to get out of my belly. "Does the doctor have to crack you open, like an egg?"

3. How much my husband really has changed for the better. Small steps or not, it is still change.

4. I finally found a friend who is willing to be there for me as much as I am there for them. I have appreciated her ear when I just need someone to listen. Then there is that ten days on bed rest where she spent so much time playing the same card games with me over and over. I really appreciate her patience.


December 14 – Appreciate. What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it? (Author: Victoria Klein)

I have really come to appreciate my husbands patience with me. I have always had a little bit of a temper and pregnancy has magnified it. I feel like I am constantly yelling and I can't seem to stop myself. Lately, I have been making sure to tell my husband thank you for whatever it was he helped me out with that day. It makes me so happy when I don't even have to ask him to do something. For instance, take Aiden outside to play so I can rest for a couple of minutes. I am working on not yelling as much and hopefully I can eliminate it altogether very soon. Sometimes I just need to remind myself to walk away for a minute or don't start yelling, talk nicely. I hope to get my temper under control very soon.


December 13 – Action. When it comes to aspirations, it’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen. What’s your next step? (Author: Scott Belsky)

My next step would be to start advertising my photography on craigslist again. I would also like to save up for real advertisement which anything is too expensive for me right now. Then I also have to keep taking classes to further my knowledge and skills. Like I said though, money...

Body Integration

December 12 – Body Integration. This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present? (Author: Patrick Reynolds)

I have to say I don't understand this at all. Guess I will have to pay more attention to myself this year?