Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year, New Beginning.

Neither Donny nor I are big New Years Eve celebrators. Last year, we stayed home and watched the original Muppet Movie and had champagne.  So we didn't make any real plans for this year either.  We both worked during the day, and my coworkers had some cupcakes to celebrate my birthday since none of us were here on my actual birthday.  
After work, I went on a major shopping spree at Trader Joe's to prepare for our Whole30, that we started today.  It's expensive changing all your eating habits...
Then at the last minute, my mom asked if we wanted to come over to play games that night, so that's what we did.  We taught Donny how to play Rook, which is one of my most favorite games ever, and then Donny and I taught my parents how to play Skip-Bo, which I'm growing to love.  We went home before midnight and rang in the New Year watching Downton Abbey.  It was a pretty great night.

And now, it's a whole new year!  There are definitely things I want to improve this year over last year with myself.

First, I want to spend more time in God's Word and in prayer.  I used to be really good about having a quiet time every day, but I've gotten out of the habit of doing it.  I've never read the Bible all the way through in a year, so I decided to do that this year, and I'm pretty excited about it.

Second, I want to eat better.  After reading It All Starts With Food, I'm slightly horrified at the food (both the substance and amount) that I have eaten in my life.  So, Donny and I are starting the Whole30 today, which is quite a radical change for us both.  After we're done, we'll see what type of foods we will re-introduce, but I'm positive it won't be the sugar-laden, highly processed, chemically-altered stuff that it's been.

Third, I want to be more present.  I get annoyed when people are staring at their phones when they're with me, but I realize that I am the same way.  So, I want to put my phone down more and BE with the people I'm with.  And not spend unnecessary time staring at the TV when we could be actually talking to each other.  In fact, Donny and I have already started having breakfasts and dinners at our actual dining table instead of in front of the television.  It's been a great change that I want to spread to other areas.


  1. I think your goals are all great ones!
    I hope your 2014 is successful and fun! :)

  2. I totally agree! I realize I look at my iPhone or iPad all the time. When I am watching sports, at dinner with friends, or snuggling on the couch with Joe. It drives him crazy. I am vowing to leave my phone alone for the New Year but I am already failing...ugh!! Good luck!

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  4. Being present is a really important thing for me this year. I have started to put my phone down more and more and just enjoy moments rather than furiously trying to capture them on camera. It's a little sad to not have things captured, but also really great to be able to enjoy life that way :)

  5. Love your goals. They are so similar to mine. I am really going to try and unplug and engage more this year.

  6. I love your goals! Can't have the holidays without Rook or Skipbo! Have you played Nerts or Phase 10? We picked those up in our family this year.

  7. Great goals. I can't wait to hear about this Whole30 thing. I want to eat more real, unprocessed foods as well and I'm trying to figure out the best strategy.

    I'm also a big fan of being more present. When I'm with friends, I try really hard to put the phone away and really focus on the people in front of me.

  8. Oh I can't wait to hear more about Whole30 journey. I need to change my eating habits this year, too.

    Great goal on being present! I think in this day and age a lot of us are guilty of this. Thanks for reminding me to add that one to my list!

  9. Sounds like you're year is off to a great start.

  10. Those are great 2014 goals :). Good luck friend!!

    I've tried MANY times to learn how to play Rook. It's the most confusing card game, ever!