Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Photo from my Friends' New Year's Eve party we went to!

New Year’s resolutions are tough. I have a million things I want to do like Be more organized, be a better wife, work harder in school, love more deeply…but really…how do you quantify that? I have those kinds of things in mind, but this year I decided to take a new stab at this whole resolution business. I’ve decided on 12 projects that I want to do. One every month! I will check back with you every month and update you on my progress. Some are big goals. Some might only take an hour. I’m ready to get this ball rollin!

12 “projects” in 12 months

1) Run a race- 10K or since I have such a high affinity for shin splints and just hate running, a 5K

2) Visit my sister in California with the Clintster- miss her already

3) Go camping with our new stove!- thanks mom and dad!

4) Sew stockings for next Christmas- I hunted for these for so long this year and the few I found that were mediocre [at best], came with a hefty price tag. This year we just used socks with the idea that I’d sew some for next year. Did I mention I can’t sew?

5) Finish wedding scrap book- when we got engaged I wrote down our whole story in a scrapbook with the intentions of finishing it with every detail of the wedding. Still haven’t gotten around to that part!

6) Get a job in the nutrition field- for reals. It’s time. I’m qualified.

7) Paint on Canvas- I’ve always wanted to!

8) Make a wreath for our front door- I have a million ideas I just need to DO one!

9) Get/paint/make/repurpose an entertainment center- right now we’re using a notpleasingontheeyes table that was from my parent’s house. It also has no storage. Obviously. It’s a table. We NEED all the storage we can get.

10) Write 100 pages in a journal- I’ve gotten into a bad habit of not writing in my journal. I like the idea of setting a page minimum. I want quality writing. I want to remember. [sidenote- yesterday I was going through some things and found my journal from when I was a kid. I wrote that I loved my mom more than anything- even going to heaven. Almost even more than Christmas. WOAH. Hold the phone. ]

11) Choreograph a dance- even if it’s for nothing but for fun creativity! I miss it! 

12) Lose weight- I always said I would never gain the married weight. BUT, I was wrong. Then again, some was for sure from all this holiday feasting. I can’t set a goal number, because I don’t own a scale. But I want to work for it until I feel like my clothes fit better.

And since no New Year's Resolutions are complete without at least some ambiguous goals....
Focus focus focus. In my senior year of school and applying for internships, I’m going to need a lot of this.

Along those same lines…

Raise GPA! It’s really important that I push hard on this last stretch of school and do well! I’m nervous but really excited as well. I can’t believe that next year this time I could be in my lifelong career!

Remember that everyone is a child of God. This is simple. Very simple. I forget a lot of the time. Like when someone cuts me off or is rude or insults me. But I know when I remember that everyone else is just a child of God, it’s easier for me to be patient and to love them.

Work hard, save money. Move into a bigger place. I know we haven’t been in our place for long, and most of the time I love it…but some of the time I also hate it. You know. Things like how the hot water never lasts an entire shower or how people screaming at each other in the parking lot keep me up at night. Or possibly that our dryer takes at least 2 hour long cycles to actually dry clothes. Life is hard, people!
Eat healthier.  I don't eat much, but I still want to cut more processed foods out and eat better, more nutrient dense meals. Today I started with a smoothie for a late breakfast- oatmeal, banana, blackberries, and yogurt and then Avocado and cottage cheese for lunch! I also packed homemade hummus and carrots for a snack. It feels so good to eat healthy!

What are your goals? Do you have any tips for me?

pst. sorry the video didn't work for some of you! I'll try to post it again later. Apparently a 4 minute HD video has some major issues fitting into blogger!


Katie said...

Homemade humms?! Girl, you're my hero. And those are some great ideas, and I might steal them for my not-yet-existent list. Especially the eating healthier/feeling better in my own clothes part. And the remembering that everyone is a child of God part. That one is sometimes way harder than it should be.

Nicole said...

this is a stinkin' good list.

and holywowcow. sparklers in the house?! seriously coolest.people.eva.


Kara said...

I love the idea of 12 for the entire year. Helps makes the goals more realistic! Good luck!

Purposely at Home said...

these are great, alexis! you go girl on that gpa thing. that is my greatest fear...having a low gpa. ;/ i hope you are having the most blessed week!


Dawniepants said...

Great resolutions good luck with it :)

ashley.warner said...

great list!
you will TOTALLY rock this too! i just know you will you pretty little thing you!

x- ashley

Cindy said...

Great post, Alexis! I really hope you can do the 5K and paint on canvas andd get a job too! :)

Thanks for the very true reminder -- we are all children of God. It seriously does help me be kinder and more patient as well. :)

God bless and yay for healthy food too!

karajean said...

What a good way to break resolutions into something manageable. Good luck, and I can't wait to hear about your progress!

Brooke said...

AH! Sparklers inside the house! Just kidding. I love sparkler pics. And great resolutions, too!

Megan said...

Ahhhh, that picture is so cute! I love the 12 projects in 12 months idea. Much more attainable.

Carlie said...

We have the same problem with our shower, but it will shoot scorching hot water for a few seconds and then extremely cold water. Apartment living at it's finest! haha.

Ariana Nelson said...

These are super good resolutions! I like the one about journaling.. we were all so cute as kids! Ha

{ mr and mrs jp } said...

i loooove your picture of the 2012! how coool!! :) you're so cute!! xo

elise @ elise's pieces said...

Love love LOVE these resolutions. You are going to have an awesome year. :)

Sara Shoemaker said...

ok that picture up top is AMazing I wish I would've thought of it! :) these are fantastic goals, I share some of the same ones with ya-like finishing my wedding scrapbook! Actually, I need to START my wedding scrapbook hahah! happy new years!!!

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Dealing with It said...

Alexis, Have you thought about looking into Counseling Surgical Weight loss patients as an internship? There is a lot in that field. Also, check out www.theworldaccordingtoeggface.com It's a gal that posts recipes of healthy foods. She is a surgical weight loss patient but she comes up with a lot of good alternatives to overly processed foods.

Kari said...

Amazing resolutions!!!

Sara said...

You sure have a lot of amazing goals for this year, I should make a vision board like yours and maybe it will help keep some promises for this year! Your have an awesome blog by the way and I am a new follower! Hope you will like my blog and follow back!

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Shalyn said...

I love these goals girl- you will rock this year! You inspired me to write some down!

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