Tuesday, January 8, 2013

adventure in 2013

Last year, I wrote about my hopes and dreams for 2012.  Let's see how I did.

Be nicer
I feel like I'm nicer.  But I guess you guys should be the judge of that.
Run 3 races
We ran 2.  We ran the Balto 5k in January and the Memorial half marathon in April.
Keep our room picked up (in other words, I need to keep my clothes off the floor, bed, etc.)
I DID THIS!  Our room stays clean fairly consistently and what a difference it has made!
Save more monies
Eh, we were average.  We did what we could.
Continue working on reading a chapter from the Bible each day
Not really.  I did read the Bible more in general this past year, but I wasn't as consistent as I would have liked.
Start working on a lullaby album (something I've wanted to do for awhile now)
I've made a list of songs I'd like to be on the album.  I wrote a lullaby for Duke and I wrote a little song for Merritt Mae when she was born.  Progress has been made, but maybe this year I can do more with it.
Start writing a children's book with Colt
The desire was there, but it just didn't happen.  Maybe another year.

So let's talk about the upcoming year.

Whether or not I blogged about it, I remember the past several years feeling like the word "Peace" would be my word for the year.  One year it was because I was engaged, finishing my last semester of college, and beginning my first year of teaching.  I needed Peace in place of Stress.  One year it was because I was doing a job that was absolutely wearing me down emotionally, mentally, and physically.  I needed Peace in place of being Overwhelmed.  Last year it was because I was going into the new year with a 2 month old.  I needed Peace in place of feeling Lost.  This year, it seems like Peace fits in again.  I need Peace in place of Anxiety, Control, and Fear.

Moral of the story?  I will always need Peace.  I will always be asking for it and when I do feel it weaving through my body, I will soak it in like a sponge and thank the Lord for it.  I don't think we ever "achieve" Peace and then get to be done with it.  We always need it - Peace in our minds, hearts, bodies, relationships, world.  And true Peace can only come from God.

So as far as 2013 is concerned, we'll go ahead and know that Peace is out there on the table.  But Colt and I have decided that our word for the year is going to be ADVENTURE.

I feel like I was hearing this word in various places and then the other night, Colt told me he wanted Adventure this year.  Decision made.

What will Adventure mean for us?  I have no idea.  Will we move?  Will we travel more?  Will we do things we only thought were dreams?  Will we dye our hair orange?  I don't know.  But it will be Adventure and it will be new, whatever it is.

As for our goals, I've made a list of things I want to do as well as things we want to do as a couple.

Grow my hair out
Record another album (maybe another little EP of my stuff or maybe a lullaby album)
Read 4 books
Make a photo book of Duke's first year
Work up a few piano pieces (new ones or ones I played in college)
Go on a family hike somewhere pretty
Take more initiative in playing my music places
Finish painting all the woodwork white in our home
Take a trip, just the 3 of us
Go to Portland
Run 4 races
Be in bed by 10:30 p.m. at the latest on weeknights
Be more diligent with our budget
Write music with Colt (We always write separately and have yet to try this out.)

What's on your list?


  1. I really hope you dye your hair orange!!

    I love the idea of having more adventure - I feel the same way! I'm not quite sure what the Lord has in store for us but I know I want to pursue something exciting!

    I have a few goals for 2013 too... one of them is to grow my hair out too! Not sure if it will happen though :)

    1. We can be grow-our-hair-out buddies ... since we both like to get crazy and chop it off every once and awhile. That's what I'm trying to avoid this year!


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