Where did December go? One day I was thinking “I should start baking for the holidays” and the next thing I know we’re celebrating the new year. What the heck? Anyway, so Happy New Year!
I feel all grinchy for neglecting my oven throughout the holidays. There was no baking around here. I mean, no cookies, no gingerbread, no nothing. Well, except I did bake biscuits on Christmas morning because, dang it, you should have biscuits on Christmas. But other than that my oven was all but ignored.
First, let’s rewind to the end of November. There was Thanksgiving and snow and power outages. And I had all sorts of plans for baking and blogging and all that. But then my ambitious thoughts turned to mush.
Yes, I said mush. I should have seen it coming, I mean I knew what was coming. Yet I still clung to the idea that I would still have the time and focus to get a bunch of stuff done. You know, like baking and blogging and stuff like that.
But the thing is, Dan and I ran away to Hawaii after Thanksgiving… and got married!
Yep. Married. He is officially Mr. Brownies for Dinner. Or am I Mrs. Dan’s Favorites? Either way, we are now Mr. & Mrs. Happily Ever After.
Wow, right? I know. I’m still getting used to it.
So, yeah. December was spent being married and recovering from a week in Hawaii. It’s a tough life, but you can rest easy knowing that I am on the job. You’ve never seen anyone so good at recovering from a vicious week of lounging in the tropics.
Throw in holiday parties, a stomach flu, and Christmas. Then end the year with a monomaniacal need to organize everything within reach. And that brings us to today.
I have tackled everything from the mountain of “should donate” stuff in the garage to the forever-neglected mass of disarray in my craft closet… and everything in between, around the corner, and next door.
And that was just last week. If I run out of clutter here, I may come over and tidy your closet next week. I am a woman on a mission.
Do you find yourself wanting to freshen things up and restore order at the beginning of the year? For me, it’s kind of like hitting a reset button. Between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, I like to look at where I’ve been, clean house, and take a look at where I’m going.
When I looked back on 2010, I kept coming up with the word “less”. As in less stress and less money. Some of the less was good (less stress, less weight), and some of it was not as good (less money, less focus, less blogging).
Granted, there were some big and wonderful things that happened in 2010: Dan and I got engaged and then married. I ran a half marathon. I raised $2500 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. And I started to really take care of myself (how I eat, handle stress, etc).
But in terms of my personal goals, career path, and making progress toward my dreams, I stagnated in 2010. Now, I could beat myself up and say that I should have done more. But who would that help?
So instead of lingering on the thoughts of shoulda-coulda-woulda, and berating myself for being lazy, I’m looking 2011 square in the eyes like it’s a clean slate. It’s a new year. I have a new husband and family. And I have a new outlook.
Hi there, 2011… nice to meet you. Let’s dance!