Hopes for 2013

This year as we start 2013, I decided I wanted to jot down some hopes for 2013.  I have come to realize no matter how much I plan, things always turn out differently and often for the better than I would have ever imagined.  I don't want to put a to do list in front of me pressuring myself with things.  Instead I want to be a better, well rounded, serving, and healthy person in 2013.

Sure I would love to be more organized, lose a few pounds, and accomplish a list of household projects.  But in reality I can only accomplish those things if I work on myself first.  When my heart, mind, and spirit are in check, then with a willing heart and enough energy I can accomplish all those things I hope for. 

In 2013 I hope to have a healthier balance in my mind as it pertains to food and weight.  Right now I am reading Bob Harper's Skinny Rules and it really is fantastic.  I can drink a tall glass of water every morning and before every meal.  I want and should be eating a cleaner diet.  Not just to lose weight but because my body and mind will benefit from it.

I don't want to count calories all the time, I don't want to have gym guilt when I already go multiple times a week, and I don't want to base my happiness by what the scale reads.  When my mind is in control of good choices for a healthy life everything else seems to fall into place.

In 2013 I hope to continue to live a life of purpose.  I finally started wrapping my mind around who I am and what I was designed to be and this year I want to stay true to that.  Being at home, writing a blog, and living a simple life is not always considered normal or acceptable in some eyes but for me it's my life.  I want to continue to embrace it so that I can better reach people who need to hear my story.  I want to speak and write with humility and patience but with confidence in knowing who I am.

In 2013 I want to have a better handle on preserving our photos.  I want to print our memories in photo books to look back on but I also want to be free from having the task as well as the whole backing up process hang over my head.  Fear of losing photos and relying on technology has become more stressful as we take more pictures and use equipment of constantly growing technology.

Preserving photos is important to me but does not need to be an added stress in my life.  This year I would like to buckle down in order to catch up and create a system that I can use for years to come. 

In 2013 I want to be more thoughtful in my home decor projects by planning ahead.  I want to divide projects up and plan for them financially instead of just doing them on a whim.  I want to be more thoughtful and careful about purchases and creative in using what I have.

I love changing up my home but the last few years have been surrounded around buying more stuff.  I don't want my home to be a storage place for decorations.  And I want to be saving more money.  Careful thought and planning will make for a simpler but still pretty home.

And I also want to start wearing lipstick.

Some good reads about the new year:
20 Questions for a New Year's Eve Reflection
The Real Design Trends for 2013
4 Reasons New Years Resolutions Don't Work and How to Make Next Year Great!

// What are your hopes for 2013?