About a year ago I wrote a post about all the things I hoped to accomplish in 2014. And then I basically disappeared from the blogosphere. I’m sure most of you thought I had given up on this little ol’ blog but here I am once again. I think about this writing space all the time but just never really seem to find the time to sit down and put my fingers to work.
So here I am on a Saturday night, listening to my doggie (yes, we got a dog!) snore while my husband watches a football (American football that is!) game as I curl up on our new couch (we bought furniture, like real adults!) and decide to finally get back to this blogging thing. I am going to do a proper update one of these days (hopefully not a year from now) but tonight is just not that kind of blog. Tonight is all about what I did and did not accomplish in 2014.
I feel like I did a lot. We moved from Spain back to the USA. Both my hubby and I managed to get jobs, buy a car, move into our own place and not kill each other in the process. In my world that’s what I call success. But looking back on the goals that I had set a year ago, I had hoped to do so much more. And the weird thing is that of all the things we did get around to this year, few were actually on my list. The only way I can make sense of it is that what I thought was going to be important to me a year ago, wasn’t really as important as it seemed. And that’s ok.
So, what did I accomplish this year that I had wanted to?? Here’s what went down:
Goal:Being better (and reminding myself that this does not mean perfect). I want to be a better wife, friend, sister, aunt, daughter. They say showing up is half the battle and I can’t wait to just show up this year.
Reality: This is probably the one I was most able to accomplish and the one I am happiest about! I have to say that I have worked hard this year to be a better person, better friend, sister, etc. I’ve been there for so many important events that I haven’t been able to attend for years. I’ve been to birthdays, holidays, weddings, graduations, school programs and countless days just hanging out. Reminding myself that I don’t have to be perfect is going to be a lifelong goal but this year I am one step closer.
Goal: Being a tourist in my own country. After moving back to the States in 2 weeks (!!) I’m sure my international travel will be put on the back burner. But I’m really looking forward to getting to see my own country through new eyes. I’ve been away for a long time and have gotten a new perspective.
Reality: I have not traveled near as much as I would have liked. In fact, the hubby has traveled way more than I have due to his new job. I did get to visit Arkansas twice to see one of my best friends, which was amazing because I had never been to this part of the country. Now that we’re a bit more settled, I hope to accompany the hubby for a few of his work trips.
Goal: Getting back into shape. I admit that I’ve been a bit lazy lately. Getting active and healthier is something on my list of things to do.
Reality: Yes and no. I have been more active but still wish to be even more so. Daily walks with the pup are good but I still crave more.
Goal: Reading more. I love to read and this is something I haven’t been doing much of lately. I don’t know what to read and being here in Spain I sometimes feel out of the loop so actually going to a bookstore to pick out a book sounds great.
Reality: Big. Fat. Fail. I read about half of one book and still have it sitting on my night stand. Note to self: Make more of an effort and get with it!
Goal: Not lose my Spanish and learn more Basque. I’ve worked really hard to get to where I am with my Spanish and it would be such a pity to lose it all. I have to find a way to maintain this level I’ve achieved. And I would love to continue learning Basque. I know it won’t be easy but I’ve got to find a way.
Reality: I don’t think I’ve so much as lost any of my Spanish but I do sometimes have to think a bit more. I spend most of day speaking English but still try to make an effort to speak in Spanish. And it’s always nice to know I have the ability to communicate in a different language when I don’t want others around us to know what we’re saying. As for my Basque, it’s not gone but I definitely have not found a way to improve.
Goal: Cook more. I love to cook and be in the kitchen. It inspires me and give me an outlet to be creative. I would love to work in a restaurant and learn everything I can. Even if that doesn’t happen, I want to spend more time in my own kitchen.
Reality: At the beginning of this year, I didn’t cook at all. We were staying at my parent’s house and I was working at a bar/restaurant so I ate there most of the time. I would make something easy every once in a while but mostly it was more convenient to eat at work. Now that we are in our own place and I have much more time, I cook every day and am getting back into it. I still have a dream to work in a restaurant kitchen (anybody out there want to hire me?!?) but for now my own kitchen will do.
Goal: Figure out what I want to do in my life. I’m not so sure I want to teach anymore. Yes, I love it. Many would say I’m good at it. But I’m not sure it’s my passion. I really do like being my own boss and my hubby jokes that I could never have a “normal” job so figuring out my next professional step will be important.
Reality: I’m still not 100% sure of what I want to do in life and I’m not sure I ever will. I am absolutely in love with my new job and love the stability it affords me. Will I stay there forever? I don’t know. Would I maybe like to do something else in the future? Possibly. I think this is going to be an ongoing and life-long decision in the making.
Goal:Blog more and better. I started this blog over a year ago to give me a place to share stories and connect with others around the world. I want to keep blogging about my new life in the States, my old travels and whatever life brings my way.
Reality: Not even close! Maybe 2015 will be the year of more and better blogging?
Goal: Learn more about photography. One of my big purchases this year will be a new camera and I really want to learn how to take better pictures.
Reality: I definitely did not purchase a camera this year as it has been the most expensive year in our entire lives. A new car. Furnishing an entire house. Medical bills for the first time in my life. Catch-up cocktails with friends. All of these things were priorities over a new camera so my iPhone has had to do the trick. I still want to learn more about photography so maybe this year will be the year.
Goal: Rekindle old friendships. Being away from home takes a toll on relationships. It just does. Even with all the technology we have, there’s nothing like sitting down with a cup of coffee and just talking to a friend. Instead of relying on Skype, Facebook & Instagram I want to be there in person and be a part of the new memories.
Reality: I feel like I have made this a priority and succeeded! I am happy to report that some of my closest friends 7 years ago before I moved to Spain are, once again, my closest friends. It’s been amazing having girlfriends around again and sometimes I wonder how I went so long without them.
Goal: Keep new friendships alive. I’ve been so lucky to make some really great friends here in Spain and I don’t want to lose them.
Reality: I haven’t been the best at this but have to cut myself a bit of slack. There are only so many hours in the day and my hours have been filled with lots of things. I think about my friends in Spain all the time though and hope to be in better contact with them this year!
Goal: Get to know my in-laws better. It seems like just recently a new leaf has been turned over with my in-laws. Just yesterday my suegra told me that she counts me as part of her family. Our relationship has improved tenfolds and I want to just get closer and closer.
Reality: This one has been hit and miss. We do try to Skype with them at least once a week and I admit that the hubby is way better than I am about this. But we managed to convince them to come to Nevada for 2 weeks during Christmas and it was nice to catch up with them. Our relationship has gotten neither better nor worse so I guess it’s not a complete fail!
As for this year, I’m still thinking about what I want to accomplish. As soon as I figure it out, I’ll (hopefully) get back on here and let you all know my goals are!
Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? Are you one to usually keep them?