1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?
I took pictures every single day for my 365 project. I’m really proud that I completed the project and of how much my photography and editing skills have grown. I’m also really, really, REALLY glad to be finished.
I also started trusting God and including Him in my life on a regular basis, not just for an hour on some random Sunday I happened to go to church.
2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
There’s something about the words “New Year’s Resolution” that just screams failure, but I did set goals. This year I’ve worked really hard at being more calm. In fact, I carried a little index card with the word “calm” written on it in my purse as a reminder. I think that I made some improvements in my flying off the handle tendencies and I know that there were times that I was really pleased with myself for not yelling, particularly at my kids. I’d have to say that I still have some work to do in this area.
Goals for 2011:
1. Continue to work on being more calm, less rushed, less prone to yelling
2. Lose two pants sizes
3. Drink at least 64 ounces of water everyday
4. Bake bread from scratch
5. Run two 5K’s
6. Have an email/social media/computer free day per week
7. Read a whole bunch-a books (again)
8. Help teach my children to be kinder and more thoughtful by doing random acts of kindness.
9. Get a passport and travel somewhere out of the country with Tate for our 10th wedding anniversary
10. Keep in touch better with my extended family members
11. Initiate more with friends, be the one to call, the one to invite out for dinner…
12. Catch up on Mad Men
13. Organize our basement and attic
14. Have a garage sale and/or donate to a worthy organization (any suggestions?)
15. Buy all new make-up with the help of a friend to tell me what to buy
16. Be a better blog commenter (comment on at least 10 blog posts per week)
17. Take more risks even if it means that I might look stupid or embarrass myself
1. Take photos of at least 3 families
2. Get more photos printed
3. Make a photo book of my favorite shots
4. Get better with photographing and editing shots taken in artificial light.
5. Learn to use my external flash (affiliate link)
6. Shoot a wedding
7. Instead of Project 365, complete a Project 52, choosing the best photos from each week in 2011.
1. Write one post about my faith that explains how much it means to me
2. Read books about other faiths
3. Remember to pray before every meal
4. Lead a prayer outloud
5. Lead a study in my women’s group at church
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My cousin had twins who are truly miracles, surviving against very slim odds.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thank God.
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?
7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I ran my first (and only) 5K on July 3. It took me 40 minutes, but I ran the whole way. I can’t believe I actually did it.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Completing my 365 project and not missing any days. I didn’t always use my fancy camera, some of my photos were taken with my phone, but there was not a day that passed that I didn’t take at least one photo.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Gaining quite a bit of weight, especially in the past few months, because I eat like I’m 12-years-old instead of 35.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I’ve been sick for the past three weeks. I’m really sick of being sick.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Everyone I know who did something kind for others.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The members of Westboro Baptist Church. They get me so riled up! It pains me that people use Jesus as an excuse for hate when that is SO not at all what Jesus taught. “Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” John 13: 34-35
14. Where did most of your money go?
Bills, eating out (or rather, OVEReating out)
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
God, Photography, LOST, iced tea
16. What song will always remind you of 2010?
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
Happier, fatter, richer
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Overeating and yelling
20. How did you spend Christmas?
We spent Christmas here at home with Tate’s parents and sister. It snowed and we gave and received lots of wonderful gifts. Christmas was very good.
21. Did you fall in love with 2010?
Well. This is going to sound SO, SO weird for me, but I guess I fell in love with Jesus. I wish it wasn’t so hard to admit and I wish I felt 100% comfortable and brave enough to say that.
22. What was your favorite TV program?
LOST. I watched the entire series from start to finish starting in May after the show actually ended. Best show ever, I miss it.
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I really don’t like to use that word, hate. But no, there is not.
24. What was the best book you read?
I can’t pick just one, I read a lot of great books this year! (I also read a lot of TURDS, yikes, how DO some books get published?!)
Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller
Waiting for Birdy, by Catherine Newman
Same Kind of Different As Me, by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
My Life in France, by Julia Child
Zeitoun , by Dave Eggers
(all of the above are affiliate links)
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
The music at my church
26. What did you want and get?
A new camera and lens
27. What did you want and not get?
I can’t think of anything, I’m a very lucky girl.
28. What was your favorite film of 2010?
The Blind Side (I think it actually came out LAST year, but I just saw it this year.)
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 35 and I’m thinking that my advanced age is why I don’t have any memory of my birthday.
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I would have liked for Tate’s job to have been a lot less stressful.
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2009?
Trying hard not to look frumpy.
32. What kept you sane?
33. What political issue stirred you the most?
Listen, I’ve already outed myself as being one of those crazy Jesus lovers, I can’t talk about politics, too! (But I will say that the any political agenda that includes any sort of hate or exclusion makes me feel very prickly.)
34. Who did you miss?
Family and friends who live far away
35. Who was the best new person you met?
36. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.
Backup your computer files. Be kind, be thoughtful. Being brave is something I hope to learn in 2011.
37. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Ugh. I only just recently re-entered to world of grown-up music after years and years of Thomas and Backyardigans songs. Maybe I’ll have a song lyric next year.
I have a great life and I’m immeasurably blessed. Thanks to all of you who stop by here and read the silly things I write. Happy New Year!