Here Comes 2014!

Ahh…It’s almost 2014.

It’s that time of year when everyone looks back on the last year and either talks about how great or horrible it was.

For me 2013 was OK. It flew by fast, but that’s what hitch living does to you.

The best part? Watching my babies grow and actually being home to do it.

Like everyone else I’ve been thinking about the year ahead and what I want it to bring. No, this isn’t a post about resolutions; this is a post about goals.

I’m still implementing the great things I learned from “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode”, by Crystal Paine, into my life and I know that they will have a role in accomplishing my goals.

So, in no particular order, here are my goals for 2014:

1) Get a job. Yes, I love being home with the kids. No, I never planned to do it forever. I love the feeling of success at a job that I love as well as the feeling of contributing to our family financial situation. I just keep praying that God will open the right doors for me at the right time so that I am placed in a job that I love and that allows me to help people.

2) Work on getting out of debt. Notice I didn’t say “become debt free by the end of the year.” Yeah, because that is unrealistic. JR and I have a plan and we have to find the discipline to stick with it.

3) Reach my goal weight. No, I will not share my current weight or my goal weight. Some of you are actually good with math and can put the numbers together. Just know that I am giving myself an entire year to reach a very reasonable goal.

4) Become a morning person. Well, at least a person who actually rolls out of bed within the first two times her alarm goes off.

5) Learn and successfully cook 10 new recipes. I’m sure Pinterest will be my muse on this one.

6) Read the Bible, in its entirety, by Christmas 2014.

7) Write at least one blog post a week. Seriously. I need to get on that.

That’s it. I don’t want to create an obnoxiously long list that I’ll end up ignoring due to it’s length so I’ll stop here.

What are your goals? How do you intend to reach them? Share in the comments or send me a tweet!Ā 

Getting in the Holiday Spirit

Sorry for the absence, folks. With Thanksgiving, Justin turning one and finishing up a course I’ve been a little busy. I was blessed with a random one week break between courses so I can finally breathe. Well, until JR comes home tomorrow. šŸ™‚

I’ve always loved the holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of my favorite times of the year. This year I feel like the holiday spirit has slapped me in the face. I’m decorating, wrapping presents, and wishing I had the money to deck the house all the way out. So, naturally, when I heard that Fayetteville has a Dickens Holiday festival downtown I loaded up the kids and headed to town.

It was awesome, y’all. Carolers in Victorian era clothing, gingerbread cookies and hot cider, the lighting of the town tree, fireworks and Father Christmas pictures. I can’t believe I’ve lived in Fayetteville for over five years and this is my first time attending!

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Ashley and Justin with Father Christmas. Justin wasn’t very fond of him. I’m sure that will change as he gets older!

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Justin is all bundled up against the chilly afternoon!

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The Market House. Just inside the second arch from the left is theĀ ChristmasĀ tree. There was a short ceremony after nightfall where the crowd held candles and waited for the tree (and all of the other decorations in town) to be lit.Ā 

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Fireworks after the tree was lit.Ā 

IĀ really wish we could travel to JR’s hometown, Natchitoches, LA, to see the lights. Y’all, Natchitoches’ Festival of Lights is an amazing sight. Walking along the river eating meat pies and taking in the sights. Ahh….maybe next year!

I’m not sure who is more excited for Christmas; Ashley or myself. I think I’m happier this Christmas because I’ve learned to be thankful for all that I have and to also focus on the reason for the season, Jesus Christ.

Does your town go all out for the holidays? Share in the comments or send me a tweet!