Looking back on my year I've confirmed what I already knew, 2011 was sooo good to me!! I have no idea how this new year is going to top it... yet, I know it will and I am looking forward with anticipation for GREAT things to come!!
HIGHLIGHTS of 2011
- Caribbean Cruise with my Girls
- Twins First Birthday
- Baby Ellie Jane was Born, my niece
- Nephews and Niece and Joni's family came to visit (This is an ALL-TIME fav pic)
- Winning the Wholly Guacamole Battle Buddy contest with Joni.
- Biggest Loser Finale for Season 11 and finally meeting my FAVS!
- Cali trip with Jen, Ghetto and Joni
- Stadium of Fire
- Freedom Festival 5K with friends
- Les Miserables with my Mom, Auntie Kay and Cousin Val in Phoenix (Later this night, we found out that Grandpa wouldn't make it much longer...he passed early in the a.m.)
- Holli and kids came for a visit
- Home for Thanksgiving
- Two more weeks at Biggest Loser Resort Malibu
- A week with my Biggest Loser Buddies (PRICELESS)
- Amanda and Arthur came to visit in AZ (At different times. Arthur May, Amanda December)
I have been blessed more than I could EVER imagine. Thankful for a year full of many ups and only a few downs, although the downs were some pretty hard ones. I want to note two of those downs for the record. I want to remember that even though some days this year felt extraordinarily dark, most days were light and very blessed.
The darkest day of 2011 would be the passing of my Grandfather (who was more like a father to me).
I am going to take ALL the things that I learned from in 2011 and turn them into positive energy moving through this new year! I have high hopes, dreams and goals. I have been doing a lot of thinking through this holiday time and think I have found some solutions to help me obtain and keep some of the goals that are most important to me. I am armed with AMAZING tools. A gym at my condo, supportive friends and family, information and knowledge from my stay at The Biggest Loser Resort that I am already applying in my life and most important, HARD WORK AND DEDICATION!
I have decided that in 2012 I am going to do the following not in ANY particular order. Some are one time check off's and bucket lists where others are things I will work on daily.
BUCKET LIST OF 2012:
Go to the Balloon Festival in New Mexico
See Disneyland at Christmas time
Visit Washington DC area
Freedom Festival 10K
Meet my BLR friends in Cali for BL13 Finale and a check in on our Journey's
Christmas in Utah
MIXTURE OF ALL MY GOALS: (I have a more detailed list of how I will accomplish that for myself)
Work towards getting a new car
Build my Paparazzi Jewelry Business
Get out of Debt
Lights out by 10:30pm (everyone knows this is going to be the HARDEST...but I Can Do Hard Things, right?!)
Volunteer for Make-A-Wish-Foundation
Find a social life haha
Workout twice a day, 5 days a week
Loose 80lbs (20 lbs a quarter is my goal. First 20lbs will be by March) I know this is achievable that is why I chose that number!
Find and meet with a counselor who specializes in Childhood Obesity, work on past issues that are creeping into my NOW.
PAY IT FORWARD. Support, encourage, motivate and most importantly LOVE those trying to do similarly hard things.
Here you have it. It is written down. I am accountable and I will report on my progress on all these goals through out 2012. I WILL do these. You just wait and see!
My Motto for this year is going to continue, "I CAN DO HARD THINGS!"
My verse of STRENGTH comes from Ezra in the Old Testament.
Ezra 10:4 "Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee: we also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it."I am going to do just this.. .I am going to ARISE. I am going to take ownership of my own life. I am going to TRUST THE PROCESS. I am going to DO IT!
BRING ON 2012...I'LL SHOW YOU WHAT I'VE GOT!