Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Year's Eve: Looking back and looking forward

2012 was an amazing year. 

I planned an amazing wedding and married my best friend. 

 Took an amazing trip to Ireland for our honeymoon.

Took some amazing students on a mission trip to NYC.

Spent a lot of time with friends and family 

 Actually enjoyed Halloween for the first time ever.

And I enjoyed many more memories with friends -- memories I didn't document, mostly due to the overwhelming amount of work I have been doing in graduate school combined with working full time. . . 

2012 brought a lot of time to reflect on myself as a writer, a friend, a wife, and a citizen. I am still trying to figure out who I am as a writer, but I'll get there. I appreciate having the ability to be adaptable in my craft, but I often feel torn. Alas, I'll leave this for another post! I'm trying to be more intentional about checking in on my friends and being all in when I'm with them. By the grace of God I have had a lovely marriage so far, but I know it will always take work. And finally, I've decided to become as active in the community and politically as possible, despite the aforementioned time sucks in my life (even if they are necessary and valuable.)

I really feel like, even though I completed two semesters of school, that this whole year was leading up to and recovering from our wedding. The entire year was all about planning until September 22nd and after that it was savoring the joy of being a newlywed and surprisingly limited amounts of free time for the first time in a long time.

2013, on the other hand, is going to be the very first unplanned year of my entire life. Seriously. Even as a high schooler I planned my life beyond college to 2012. A few things were coincidental, I figured I'd get married by 2012, I knew I'd graduate college in 2010, I figured I'd get a big girl job and do a certain amount of traveling. However, I never really thought beyond 2012 for some reason--as a person who considers herself a planner, that's a big deal.

So all that to say, I'm really looking forward to 2013 for the opportunity to really rely on the Lord to provide for us and for Him to lead my day to day life. I'm so excited for each day to be a surprise!

The only things I know for sure (God willing) are:
  • I'm not planning on quitting my job
  • I'm not moving
  • I'll be enrolling in two graduate classes each semester
  • I won't be graduating this year (2014... what up!)
  • JL and I will be celebrating our one year anniversary in Florida
Other than that, who knows!

While relying on God for my day-to-day, I do hope to accomplish these three important goals this year in addition to the rest of my work!

1. Be DEBT FREE by Christmas. I'm not posting the dollar amount of debt I have from my undergraduate education, but suffice to say, I went to a pricey private school. JL and I are Dave Ramseying it up over here and we really want to get out of debt by Christmas 2013.

2. Once and for all QUIT MY SUGAR ADDICTION. If you know me, you know that this won't be easy, but I've successfully (temporarily) cut out sugar in the past and I know I can do it again. 
Bye bye refined sugars!

3.Post to my blog ONCE a week. I know this sounds lame, but if you look at my track record of blog posts this year, you'll see that my posts were extremely lacking. I love blogging and I think that while on the one hand I need to have real expectations about my time and ability to work/produce, I also have a horrible habit of not publishing the posts I do write. Whether it is fun things that I do or my thoughts on everything from the election to life as a Christian, I begin a lot of posts and don't publish them either because I get too busy to finish or I get overwhelmed for fear of criticism (lame, I know). 

How about you? Anything planned for 2013?
What are your goals?


Courtney Jane said...

My goals are very similar to yours! God first, everything second. Sugar pisses me off & getting married is beautiful. Congrats and God Bless you!

Yours Truly said...

You look gorgeous in your wedding photos! Such a wonderful year for you and jealous you got to go to IRELAND...that is one of my hubby and I's goals in life haha. Here is to a wonderful New Year for you and your Mr.!


Nicole Jeannette said...

Yay Courtney Jane! Good to know I have a sister out there doing the same!

And Sydney, you will LOVE it!

Happy New Year Ladies!

Rachel said...

Happy New Year Nicole! I loved reading this post, and your goals are very inspiring! ( some are similar to mine!) I've been completely off sugar for a year now and it was the best decision I made for my health, if you ever have any questions on alternatives for sugar I have a list!


Nicole Jeannette said...

Thanks so much, Rachel! I may come your way!

Micah said...

Lindsay and I are also shooting for debt freedom by Christmas. We've been following the Dave system since last January. The budgeting each month and the envelope system have worked surprisingly well (when fueled by our hatred of Citibank). Best of luck to you and JL; hopefully we'll see you at Financial Peace Plaza in January 2014!

Micah said...

Lindsay and I are also trying to become debt free by Christmas. We've been following Dave's system since last January. Budgeting each month and using cash envelopes has worked surprisingly well (coupled with our hatred of Citibank). Best of luck to you and JL in the coming year; hopefully we'll see you at Financial Peace plaza in January 2014!