In 2012 Chris and I bought our first home, completed several house projects (installing a fence, building a retaining wall/bench/fire pit, painting the entire house, updating our shutters and front door + more), went to Maine with family and the beach with friends, got hitched (check it out) and honeymooned in Cabo. We got to decorate the house for Christmas and ring in the New Year with our best friends - who are our soon-to-be neighbors. We really couldn't have asked for a better year!
I like to start off each year with goals... it's fun to look back and see if they were achieved!
1. Finish my first project of 2013 (eek! sneak peak above)
2. Keep in mind finishing the house is not a race. I want to take our time scoping and planning out bigger projects like our kitchen/family room combo and basement. These projects definitely don't need to be done this year, but I'd like to finalize a firm plan.
3. Spend time working on the backyard landscaping.
4. Renovate our downstairs 1/2 bath and kitchen (paint cabinets, new counter tops, new hardware and back splash).
5. Throw a summer BBQ with friends and family.
1. Focus on my relationships. I want to continue to strive to be a better friend, a better daughter/sister/wife/etc. and to continually treat others the way I wish to be treated. I want to focus on the positive and less on the negative.
2. Donate my hair. It took me 3 years to grow my hair from my chin to my elbows (roughly), but I'd really like to get the guts to cut it at some point in 2013 and give it to someone who needs it more than I do.
3. Cut back on eating meat. I really loved the way being a pescatarian made me feel, but making two separate meals for me and Chris became way too hard while buying a house and planning a wedding.
4. Get into a gym routine that is manageable - which may mean paying twice as much for a membership that is closer to home.
1. Plan a getaway for Chris and I - maybe another trip to Cabo or our favorite city (Boston) for our 1 year anniversary.
2. Maybe start working on a baby bucket list. I know we have a few years before we want to start a family, but we probably should start making a list of all of things we would like to accomplish/do before becoming parents (weird!)
3. Plan a fun date activity at least twice a month.
4. Officially become Mrs. Lucas - meaning, change my name! (Thanks for the reminder, Alyssa!) Someone can't remember where they put our marriage license so I should probably start looking in every closet/box/drawer of the house so I can get a jump start before we have to do our taxes!
I think these are all manageable to accomplish in 2013! Here's to an even better year than last...I'm up for the challenge.