Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Questions I Asked Myself Before 2014

I didn't even think I was going to make it to Midnight, but with sleepy eyes, I rolled over to Will {yes, we were in bed already}, and kissed him for the last time of 2013 and the first time of 2014. Last night, we had a quick dinner, watched This Is 40, and 'snuggled'...While others drank and carried on, we couldn't think of a more important place to be than home with each other. I guess it's a testament to where we are in life, and that makes me happy.

Obviously we didn't take any photos, but here is a gem from 2012/13 New Year's that has never been seen. This was right before the Deployment, so I was hanging on extra tight.

I never do 'Resolutions', but I saw that Whitney and Kenzie had some great Q&A's on their blogs, and I wanted to play. They have 25 thought provoking questions, but I narrowed mine to thirteen questions that round out 2013!

1  | What am I most proud of this year? Making it through the hardest work environment I have ever endured! Will has to 'embrace the suck', so I figured I should too.

2  | How can I become a better _____? Domestic. I keep my house 'clean', but I want to be like my mom who works and still does almost ALL the cleaning by herself, and by choice I might add. I want Will to focus on school and training the next two years, so I need to step up my game!

3  | Where am I feeling stuck? In my search for a career. I'm just not one of those people that wants to be a Doctor/Lawyer/Teacher, and I don't see myself sitting behind a desk or doing something mundane. I don't want to settle, but I'm getting to the point where I need to figure it out. I would go back to school, but no clue what the heck for. I need something that is challenging, fun, gives me flexibility so that I can be there for my soldier, and I have to be able to move every three years...Any ideas?

4  | Where do I need to allow myself grace? I hold myself to a higher standard than others could ever hold me, and a level that I would never hold anyone else. I need to just let go.

5  | What lessons have I learned? Don't let one person out of the seven billion in the world bring you down, and ask your spouse before you cause any trouble. They get a vote.

6  | What did my finances look like? Fan-flippin-tastic. We have been budgeting and saving for five years, and we are really seeing the fruits of our labor. My cousin owns a tax company, and while she was just going over our taxes, even she was impressed with our retirement savings and everything we are doing. I refuse to stress about money, so we control our money instead of it controlling us.

7  | How have I taken care of my body this year? Not only have I stuck to a fitness routine all year, I have made sure that I am learning how to do it right. Yes, I have moments when I want to target a "problem area", but I remind myself that in the long run, that will get you nowhere and it's not healthy. I hope 2014 brings even more knowledge, strength, and health.

8  | How have I procrastinated? Um...when have I not procrastinated...but seriously, I think I am getting better at this. Slowly.

9  | In what ways can I re-structure my time? Blog more from my phone, try to spend less time on Pinterest, and become an SAHW some time in the next six months ;)

10 | How have I allowed the fear of failure to hold me back? The two things I enjoy the most are singing and writing, and both scare me to death. It's like if I keep those two dreams to myself they can't ever be taken away from me. Just like anyone else...I'm not good with rejection.

11 | When have I felt the most alive? During all the fun shenanigans that Will and I have had this year. Anything I do with him, makes me a happy girl.

12 | Do you have a list of goals for the next year? I'd like to find more freelance writing jobs, possibly get certified to student teach, take on more domestic duties when I finish at Hooters, volunteer at Fort Rucker, and keep getting my fit on.

13 | What are you most looking forward to in 2014? Italy! One of our best friends is stationed there, so we are planning a visit next Christmas! It's a long way off, and we don't know what the next year holds, but I'm crossing my fingers that it works out!

In closing, 2013 probably rank as one of the best years of my life, because any year following a deployment HAS to kick ass. Here's a Flipogram for reference...

"But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like
Nothing changed at all?"

So long, 2013!


P!nky said...

What a great list love! I enjoy how you broke everything down! We went to dinner and stayed in too. Barely made it to midnight, but the happiest NYE i've ever had!

Brittany said...

2013 was a great year for you but 2014 has to be even better :)

Me and my bf were not together for NYE so we had to skype our new years kiss. Not ideal, but it worked.

smk053078 said...

This is too much fun! I want to play! And Lord knows I need to try being better at cleaning and cooking!! Glad you had a big snuggle fest last night with the love of your life...and don't stress too much about the career thing...something HUGE will come your way soon...don't lose faith! Happy new year!!

Kelly said...

That video montage was so cute! Happy New Year!

Sparkles and Shoes

Kenzie S said...

I would love to become more 'domestic', but some days it is such a hassle ha ha. I'm also feeling stuck in my career. I wish I could just take an aptitude test for work or something that would tell me what I would love to do most ha ha. I loved reading your answers! Thanks for tagging me :)

♥ ♥ Just a Girl in Love w/ a Soldier ♥ ♥ said...

Happy New Year, here's to a fantastically fabulous 2014!!!!! May it be even better than the last!!!

Cassie @ Live.Laugh.L0ve. said...

I loved your answers! & I'll be your cheerleader if you need one to follow your dreams! A job you need is to be a writer, it has all the flexibility and fun you would need. I can't wait to see what 2014 holds for you. p.s. Take me to Italy with you! Lol.

Corie said...

I'm glad you had such a great year and I can't wait to see all the fun things to come in 2014!

PS- I didn't make it until midnight either :) lol

Helene in Between said...

I love this Janna, it's questions we need to all ask ourselves. I am with you in really struggling to figure out my career. we can do it!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

I am SO excited for you guys to go to Italy! You are going to LOVE it!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you and Will! You know I'm going to steal these prompts :)

Whitney @ EHFAR said...

So glad that you did this!!! I know that 2014 will be great for you!

Courtney B said...

LOVE these questions!! I needed something like this to reevaluate where I want to be in 2014.
I seriously love your love! Eric and I really want to work on US in 2014. We don't have to work at our love for Mia... it's so easy when she is so tiny, sweet, loving, doesn't give us attitude, doesn't hold grudges, etc.
Dealing with an adult (or someone who actually talks) is so much harder these days, ha ha! But I don't ever want us to lose the feelings of excitement, anticipation, love, etc that we've had for each other all these years. So our marriage is taking a front seat as far as resolutions go this year :) And reading about you and Will reminds me where we've been, and where we want to get to again!

Miss Rachel M. said...

Happy New Year, love! Excited to see all that 2014 will bring to you!! Luv ya!!

lesley: the dream tree said...

cute. i love q&a things. good luck in the next couple of months. things are going to be so busy for you guys. i can't wait to follow on your journey (:


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