Happy New Year!
2011 was a busy year full of changes! I'm looking forward to what 2012 has to bring and making resolutions to (hopefully) help make the new year great!
But before I get to my resolutions, I thought I'd take a look back at the year that was 2011!
In February, my little sister gave birth to my beautiful niece, Maci. That little girl has brought so much love and joy to my life! And now that my sister has moved back (another 2011 development), I get to see that gorgeous little girl grow up. I'm so thankful every day that she's in my life and that I get to be a part of her's.
In April I (finally) became a Mrs.! After 5 years this handsome man and I finally managed to tie the knot. It took a lot of planning (and crafting), but it was all worth it. Our wedding was amazing!
And, of course, after the wedding comes the honeymoon! We got to spend 9 glorious days at Sandals Negril in Jamaica! It was amazing and I highly recommend taking a Sandals vacation if you can. Totally worth it! Hopefully in a few years we'll get to repeat the process :o)
In October, I participated in my first craft fair. I didn't sell much, but I did have fun. The fair is also where I found these:
There was couple walking around with these adorable dachshund puppies and they happened to be looking for homes for them. So Hubby and I welcomed these two little boys into our family. Meet Moscow (long hair, green jacket) and his brother Oscar!
In August, Hubby and I decided it was time to buy a new house. We were outgrowing our little 1000 sq. ft. home and there were only 2 of us! So with our future family in mind, we began the home search. After several months (and a lot of stress and tears), we signed the papers on our new 2000 sq. ft. house in October. Let the decorating begin!
As you can see, lots happened in the Diva household in 2011. I can only hope that 2012 brings us as many blessings as 2011 did!
Now to keep with New Years tradition, I thought I'd share my goals for 2012:
Spend less time worrying about the opinions of others
I spend so much time worrying about what others think of me. I'm always trying to make sure everyone likes me and no one's mad at me. And in the end, I spend a lot of time being taken advantage of. I'm gonna try and get rid of my stress and worry and focus on just being me, like me or not.
Take time to take care of myself
I think most women can relate to this one. We spend so much time taking care of others we forget to take care of ourselves. Or in my case, worrying that others will think I'm lazy or selfish if I take time for myself. I need to try and make myself a priority.
Live a healthy and active lifestyle
Sometimes I struggle to eat right or exercise enough because I have so many other things going on. So as part of my "take care of myself" resolution, I'm gonna try and maintain a healthy lifestyle
Spend less money
This year I started couponing pretty regularly (not to the extreme that you see on TV, but definitely a more normal, real-life version on "Extreme Couponing"). I was saving a lot of money, but with all the chaos of the house hunt, puppies, holidays, etc. that all fell by the wayside. I'd like to pick it back up and work on crafting and decorating with what I have and not be tempted to spend my whole paycheck on things I want but don't really need.
I'm sad to admit that life got crazy and my blogging all but stopped. It's truly something that I love to do and was proud of. So I'm hoping that I'll be able to get back into it and start blogging somewhat regularly again. I missed you guys! :o)
So that's it! A recap of a great 2011 and my goals for a successful 2012! Happy New Year!