Friday, December 31, 2010

Goodbye 2010, Hello 2011

Whooeee!  We have been busy lately!  We spent a wonderful Christmas in Virginia with Bryan's family and then we all came back this past Tuesday to get ready for my sister-in-law's wedding (yesterday).  And between all of the traveling and family festivities a lot of things have slipped my mind.  So it wasn't really until I was catching up around blog land this morning and saw some others' goals for the New Year that I started thinking about some of my own.

Most importantly, I want to keep working toward being the person I really want to be.  Unfortunately, part of the person that I am has always been pretty shy about a lot of things.  I can't tell you how many times in life I've liked some thing or wanted to be some way and the thought that always keeps me from having or doing or being those things is, "I don't think I can pull that off.  I don't think I'm cool enough."

But I've been working on this a little already and it's been empowering to realize for myself that I really can be the person I want to be.  And I'm happier when I'm that person.  Which isn't to say that I have to have cool things or be cool in order to be happy, but I'm happier when I'm true to myself.  So I'm learning to say, "I like that," even when nobody else does.  And I'm learning to tell myself, "It's okay to do this even though I haven't done it before."

Being the person I want to be encompasses a lot of things.  Here are a few specific goals for 2011:
  • finish my weight loss goal and reach 120 pounds
  • continue to study The Book of Mormon every day
  • have preschool time with Olivia at least 3 times a week
  • keep a clean and tidy home
  • be more thoughtful of others

To remind myself of these goals and of my bigger goal to grow and change for the better, I made myself a little embroidery pattern (the image at the top of this post).  I want to stitch out a little something and find a way to remind myself of my goals as often as possible.

Also, in case any of you would like to do the same, here's a free printable of this embroidery pattern.  Just print it out, tape it onto a window, hold your fabric up to the image, trace the image with a fabric pen (the disappearing ink kind), and then stitch as desired.  Or you can always go the super easy route and just hold your fabric up to the computer screen and trace the image with a fabric pen that way.  :)

Here's the pattern:
"Be the Person You Want to Be" embroidery pattern by Katie Lewis copyright 2010 Notes From A Very Red Kitchen

Wishing you all the best in the coming year!

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