Bring it on 2014.

Sunrise in Israel. Photocredit goes to Jamey!

Sunrise in Israel. Photocredit goes to Jamey!

Well the New Year is upon us it seems. We had a blast ringing it in with friends in Atlanta, and on the 1st I cooked the typical New Year’s meal of collards and black-eyed peas along with mac and cheese, pork chops, and cornbread. (I can’t actually take credit for the pork chops because they were cooked by the men. Thanks James!) We then had friends come in Thursday for a few days and then Saturday my sister came into town for a quick stop over after a long trip out west, so I almost feel like the holidays are just now ending. Jamey starts back school this week, so I’m sure we will be back to the grind in no time.

I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions, but I typically stop periodically throughout the year and make goals. Sometimes they are habits I hope to start and sometimes they are just things I want to get done. I actually sat down and did that just the other day with my career goals and as I was making my list of career goals I started thinking about personal ones as well.

A few I came up with were….

-FINALLY plan that vacation Jamey and I have been talking about for over a year. We keep saying we are going to go to Honduras, but things keep coming up and getting in the way and we put it off, but just yesterday as we were driving we discussed that this summer was the summer and we are determined to go and stop letting things get in the way.

– Open up that emergency savings account we’ve been talking about. We always try to keep money tucked away in our savings for emergencies, but we seriously need to separate it from out other savings accounts that we use for vacations and other things. I have a goal to save at least 6 months of our take home pay in another savings account that we can’t touch unless it is an emergency. I’ve started saving for it but haven’t separated it out, so that is next on my to-do list for sure.

– Finish reading those last couple of books on my list… (I’ve read all but two books on my list that I put up in September, I’ve been putting them off mainly because I haven’t been able to find them at the Library. I’ve actually read about three or four more books that weren’t originally on the list just because I haven’t been able to find those two….)

– Work through my devotional (This, I guess, is the one that is most like a New Year’s resolution since it will last all year) This Christmas Jamey and I received devotionals from his grandmother  that are leather-bound and have our names on them, but what makes them really special is that she got everyone to sit down and write a note to us on their birthday. So, for example, when Jamey opens his devotional on April 3rd there will be a note from me which serves dual purpose 1)you get a note from family members throughout the year and 2)you are reminded when it is someones birthday. I am in love with this and the next time we are in my family’s area I’m going to get everyone on my side to write in our as well. I’ll also jot down other important events that happen in our lives throughout the year and then one day I will be able to look back on the book and see all that happened in this year!

So those are the closest things I have to resolutions for the New Year, and hopefully most of those will be done before January is over and in February I will sit down with a new list of goals to take on for that month.

Hope y’all had a fabulous New Year’s Day and I wish you all the best in 2014! Oh an War Eagle for my Auburn fans out there! I’ll be watching the game tonight from Birmingham so cheer loud for me too if you are in Pasadena!

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