Why hello, 2013!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Happy New Year! How did everyone spend the very first day of 2013?

The first day of 2013 was pretty uneventful for us, but I did log my first run of the year. Even though this is my third winter as a runner, this is the first I've experienced with lots of snow on the ground. Normally I hibernate from December through early March, shackling myself to the treadmill and refusing to venture outside, but this year I've made it a point to brave the elements. Weather conditions won't always be perfect (or comfortable), and I have to get used to that. If it is pouring rain on the day of a marathon, I can't just be like, "Okay, I'm going to run the race on my treadmill. See ya later!" I have to suck it up.

And honestly, I kind of love running in the snow! I took yesterday's 4 miles to a stretch of paved trail that extends downtown. The trail was mostly plowed, but there were still several thick patches of slushy snow and I morbidly enjoyed the mystery of whether or not I was going to slip and totally eat it on the ground.

But seriously, I am so glad to see 2012 go. It was an emotionally trying year and to that I say, "Good riddance." Between the stress of leaving a negative work environment late in the summer, losing Papaw, being a victim of theft and serving as a juror in an emotionally-charged trial, 2012 was definitely not one of my best. I know several friends and loved ones who went through their own rough patches and struggles this year, and I know they are all equally thankful for a clean slate and a chance to start over.
Clay and I rang in the new year at Dan and Emily's surrounded by a group of great people, and I'm extremely thankful for the relationships we've continued to cultivate in the past year. I've made it a personal goal to invest less into "things" and more into people in 2013. Material things mean nothing ... especially when you don't have friends and family to share them with.

And I decided to share my last baked treat of 2012 with our fellow NYE party-goers. I made a batch of red velvet cupcakes complete with my special vanilla icing recipe that I piped on with my new frosting set! I've never used this particular tip before (that's what she said), but the end result looked like frosted roses and hey, that's pretty rad!


Our last picture of 2012! :) Glad it was a good one!

As you know, I'm not huge into making new year's resolutions, but I do like setting goals for the yeas (I know, I knowit's the same thing, really. But something about "new year's resolutions" just screams "I went to the gym four times in January and then quit!"). And looking back on the goals I set for the past year, I couldn't help but roll my eyes at how sappy and one-sighted I was about my expectations for myself. In short, my goal for 2012 was to be perfect in every way.

If you have to ask whether or not I achieved that goal, you must be new to the blog.

Courtney, my love, you will forever disappoint yourself unless you can break the habit of needing to be flawless.

My 2012 goals were also very vague. Be a better wife? What all does being a better wife entail? How can I measure my success over the past 12 months?

So 2013 will be simpler ... much simpler.

My goals for the new year:

Keep running. Obviously.

Try to do one productive thing every morning before work. I'm not going to kid myself with visions of running several miles every morning or whipping up omelets with fresh-squeezed orange juice before heading to the office. Who am I kidding? I know myself well enough by now to recognize and accept that I'm just not an early riser. And I'm okay with that. If I can manage to make my bed before I walk out the door, then we all win.

Say my prayers before I go to bed. I have a terrible habit of falling asleep mid-prayer.

Keep blogging and writing in some capacity. Duh.

Run my first whole marathon. I had a major typo in the first draft of this post and had written "Rub my first marathon" by mistake. I guessing rubbing a marathon would be easier than running one, but I have my sets on the Monumental Marathon in November.

Spend less money, save more. Clay and I have a shared goal of paying off my car and paying down student loans this year. I need to spend less money during the week, even if it's as small as skipping a Polar Pop or forcing myself to cook when I feel painfully lazy.

Go back to volunteering at the animal shelter, even if sporadically. I absolutely loved volunteering at our local shelter and was sad when I had to stop due to a demanding class schedule a few years back. I never returned to volunteering there, but now is the time.

Read more. Put that Kindle/library card to good use!

Kiss my husband (really KISS him) and tell him that I love him every single day. Sometimes it just goes without saying, sometimes we really need to hear it. 

Rewrite my personal mantra to reflect who I want to be, not what I think sounds poetic on paper.

Invest in people, not "things". Money doesn't buy happiness. Plain and simple.

What are some of your goals for the new year? Was 2012 a good year or a bad year for you? What are you looking forward to in 2013?

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3 comments

  1. 1. This is one of those visit-the-gym-four-times-in-January goals, but in all seriousness, I weigh more now than I ever have before, and I'm tired of it. Losing weight (along with a trip to the doctor to check on all my levels, like cholesterol) and a revamp of my lifestyle are in order. My body just doesn't feel right.
    2. Stay in touch! I don't speak with my family nearly enough, so I'm going to do more with them and stay more involved in their lives by talking, Skyping, sending cards, remembering birthdays....
    3. Make happy career choices.
    4. Run the 2013 Monumental Mini Marathon. This is an ACL-recovery goal. :)

    And that's it! I need to take care of my body and my relationships this year, and I need to take my ACL recovery very seriously so that I can come back to play softball and volleyball.

    Keep me posted on your reading list!

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  2. When I read the line "Courtney, my love, you will forever disappoint yourself unless you can break the habit of needing to be flawless," it was for real like you were talking to me. And not just because we have the same name.
    You have some really great goals up there. I'm bad about falling asleep during prayers too. I posted a few of mine on my blog today as well.

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  3. Great goals! And inspiring too. I am totally with you about falling asleep mid-prayer... My husband will always tell me I 'forgot to say Amen last night'... Oops. Haha.

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