New Year's Eve...

Celebrating the end of a year; 365 days of the past. Celebrating new beginnings; hopes of things to come. Celebrating promises; commitments to goals we strive towards. Celebrating second chances; changes and fresh starts.

I am so excited for the New Year. I just have a feeling this is going to be a really good one. I have a lot to be thankful for in 2011: Dan and I turned a huge corner in our marriage, we survived a series of tough obstacles together, we are healthy, we are thankful for our loved ones, Dan is so much closer to his Master's, I discovered a new career path, we adopted a new furry baby into our family, and we traveled the most beautiful place on earth (in a camper van no less!). 2011 was good... but 2012... yeah, it's going to be great.

So how about a few New Year's Resolutions? I gotta admit I love these... I'm a glutton for punishment and a real sucker when it comes to pointless deadlines and meaningless restrictions on personal goals. January 1st seems to me as good a day as any to test out a few new challenges and I'm on board with the masses... bring on the predictability... here's what I have planned for two thousand twelve:

1. I am going to be good to my body; working out, eating well...the whole bit. 
Having been naturally thin all my life, I let my discipline slip this year. I've had my fun, but I simply feel better when I'm doing my body good. No numbers, no counting...just doing what I know is best for me. 

2. I'm going to write my sweet grandma a letter at least once a week. Growing up, she lived less than a mile from my house and was a crucial part of my everyday life. After I moved to Colorado we only saw each other around the holidays. Last year she moved to Arkansas to live with my Aunt and our communication, and her memory, has slowly faded. Letters are a great way for her to stay connected as she can read them again and again, whereas specific conversations may be spotty. My grandma is one of the most influential and important people in my life and I say a prayer everyday that I'll be able to see her again soon. 

3. I am embarking, full-force, on a new career path. I am excited for where this year will take me; the new things I'll learn, and the challenges that lay ahead. I started off 2011 with so many expectations, hesitations, and assumptions, but 2012 is a whole new year filled with who-cares' and what-ifs. I am ready. I am excited. I will make the most of it.

4. 2012 is the year I am a better wife. I'm not talking high-heels and dinner on the table by six... but I do know that despite everything else going on, Dan is going to need me by his side as he finishes up this last season of school! Freeeedom! If 2012 is full of awesomeness, 2013 can only be better.... So for this next year I am going to try to do everything I can to make life easier on my man. If dinner isn't on the table when he gets home, it will be in a carryout bag, and if laundry isn't done on the weekend, I'll febreeze the heck out of his closet. Now that's love. and Devotion. 

I hope you are all celebrating the New Year in the very best way you can. Our Eve consisted of a game  night with friends, cheap wine, and cheering at midnight~

...and playing with Sarah & Colin's adorable new puppy, Lily. She's a kisser!
We watched the countdown on TV, had a champagne toast, and crawled into bed early this morning. 
It was a very happy New Year indeed!


Today is full of things like a lazy breakfast, lots of coffee, movies, and pajamas all day. After working on our dang staircase nonstop for three days we're ready to rest...after the Christmas decorations are put away, laundry is done, and the house is tidied of course. Dan starts back at work on Tuesday...but gosh I'd give anything for a few more days of nothingness with that boy.

Lots of love and happy wishes for you all! Thank you for making 2011 such a special year for us.

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Life Happens said...

Happy New Year!! Wishing you many more blessings in 2012.

Chris said...

Hi Hailey, all the best with keeping to your New Year resolutions. Some I'm sure you will do so religiously. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

patience said...

you know, i don't think i realized until Just now that resolutions broke down to "re-solutions"

Erin said...

Love your goals this year! :) Writing to your grandma once a week...that will make her so happy! :) What a sweet idea :) Yay for a new and exciting career path! So excited for you!