–We bought a house! If there’s one thing that gives you a violent shove into adulthood, it’s definitely buying a house. If you would have asked me this time last year if I ever thought we would do something like that I would have laughed in your face, and then quickly apologized for being so rude. But seriously, we bought a house. It all happened so fast, which is not unlike most decisions the hubs and I make in life. It’s not a huge house, but it is our little corner of the world.
-I’m singing again. I grew up singing in church, as most good southern girls do. But beyond that I sang in University Choirs, Professional music workshops, praise bands, karaoke, etc. Once we moved to California, my time for singing dwindled but my desire never did. This year I found out about the Long Beach Camerata Singers, auditioned, got in, and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
-I found my style…for my home. It has been a labor of love, trying to find my stylistic voice in home decor, but I think I finally found a niche that our home fits into. There’s something so comforting and peaceful about our home. It’s a little busy but simple and clean. It’s eclectic but has a theme. There isn’t a word for it…but it is ours.
-I finally learned to just let things happen. I have never been one to go where the wind takes me, but this year has been a year of trying new things, and just letting go of the control I like to have on my life, hubs’s life, the dog’s life, work life, etc. I might not have fully succeeded 100% of the time (because my Life Planner is just so fun to use) but I have come to love how unpredictable our life has become.
–My cooking has taken a turn for the better this year. I have always loved to cook and bake and just exist in the kitchen (including eating everything) but in this last year I have really stepped up my game. In my attempt to step away from boxed baking mixes and prepackaged meals, I have really found my way around the from-scratch world. The hubs and our coworkers have definitely benefited from my new outlook on the kitchen.
I have never really been one to make resolutions at the beginning of each year. Instead I think about the things I’d like to accomplish within the next year. If I get to it, great. If not, oh well. In this last year one thing I have found is that I have managed to lighten up on myself when it comes to my looks and my weight. I have gained and lost and gained and lost and it will continue to happen. But this last year has been one of acceptance and growth… But really it’s that I’ve decided to enjoy life and not fret about everything I put in my mouth. That doesn’t mean I’m not aware of what I’m eating, but it does mean I’m not obsessing about it as much. Plus, with Orange Theory Fitness kicking my ass weekly, I’m paying for it in other ways.
In 2016 I Discovered…
-My love for Matte Lipstick
-Greyhounds and Pineapple Sculpin
A lot of people have taken to Facebook in the last month or so to really let 2016 have it but I have to admit, it was a pretty great year for me! I cannot wait to see how 2017 happens!