This year, I'm being practical, diligent and need-based. For that reason, my first resolution is: go to bed by 10 p.m. (lights out by 10:30 p.m.) on days before I have to go to work.
I'm a night owl. I like to stay up, and do so easily. Getting up every morning, as one can imagine is, ehm, a bit tricky. I've also decided, as further incentive to go to bed on time, to try to attend 6:30 a.m. Mass at least twice a week before work. I know I can definitely use the additional grace!
Second resolution: Clean my room every week.
In my busy bee-ness, I push aside my room's organization, which only makes me more scatterbrained. No more!
|Look! I'm running down a hill!|
I know, everyone and their grandmother puts this one down. But this exercising isn't about my pending wedding; it's about being fit. I played lacrosse in high school and soccer in college, and there is nothing like exercise to put the mind and body at peace.
Unfortunately, I've struggled with shin splints and Achilles' tendinitis, which comes about with poor stretching and pushing myself too hard.
So, when I say regular, I mean, I have a doable plan. None of this: I'M GOING TO RUN A MARATHON TOMORROW. I got out my old Runner's World bible and I am taking it slooow. Walking/ running till I get my endurance back, plus integrating in lots of stretching (yoga, Pilates) and other activities.
Anything is possible, people! Here's to an injury-free year!
Fourth resolution: stay (mostly) stress-free about wedding planning.
I am *officially* getting married in December 2012. We have a date, we have a church, we almost have a reception place (need to sign contract), we have a bridesmaid dress, we've asked our people to stand up in our wedding, I have an idea/ people in mind about photography, and my mom's wedding dress is ready for the seamstress to alter into my wedding dress.
It's January, Julie!, you're thinking. What in the heck are you stressed about?
Good point. But I thrive on stress. I compared wedding planning to writing my thesis to my cousin and she poo-poo'd that. But there's so much organization needed! (Just like my thesis!) There's so much preparation needed! (Just like my thesis!) There are people to contact and decisions to be made and the list goes on; I have a list of lists. It's great.
It is the little stuff we're not to supposed sweat and to pray over instead, and the calmly and reasonably approach this whole shindig. That's what I'm trying to do; my wedding isn't about the day- it's about the life I'm starting with another person as wholly committed to me as I to him. I want to spiritually prepare for marriage as well as the physical preparations of moving to another city, keeping up with thank you cards, and staying sane with all my "other" work and writing.
I'd appreciate any prayers y'all send my way, and B.'s too as he continues studying and working hard into his third year, researching and applying for residencies, and preparing for the aftermath of the wedding: providing for a family!
|Dad giving a surprisingly short engagement toast at Christmas|
[I know, I know: engagement story to come! Stay tuned!]
Fifth resolution: Be grateful for all the blessings in my life, visible and invisible.
What are your resolutions for 2012?