The last time I wrote I was celebrating and ready to welcome 2012 with open arms. I am happy to report, a little more than a month later, I am still full of love and energy for the new year. In my personal blog, I went back to review the resolutions I made and make sure I was still on track. Below are the results:
1. Organize our finances. We’ve definitely started the process and I feel like that’s at least something. I’m not sure how it is for ‘normal’ marriages, but when you marry someone in the military no one pulls you aside before hand and says, “So, listen… that whole career thing… might not work out the way you had planned.” They also don’t exactly explain to you that you’ll be moving around every few years so a steady job might not be a part of the plan, either. And, even if you did know all of this, your military spouse may have no idea how to explain how they’re used to organizing their finances or vice versa. I can say, somewhat exasperated but mostly proud, that Ty and I have started this conversation. And I have an excel sheet. (Insert big, huge nerd grin here.) As a newlywed, I am more than open to advice from ‘seasoned’ milspouses in this area!
2. Continue blogging. C’mon, 24 posts in January alone? I’m on fire!
3. Get involved. Huge improvement on this end and I couldn’t be happier. Not only have I submitted a few articles to The Compass (okay, okay – started writing articles to submit) but I did go to the Spouse Group meeting last month and invited everyone to my birthday party next week. I’ve met some nice girls over the past month and it’s nice to get to know other newlyweds and younger-ish military spouses. As well, if I continue enjoying the church I went to last week I wouldn’t mind getting involved with them. And I seriously need to research Italian classes and/or getting a tutor. Seriously.
4. Get a GD job. I applied. I interviewed. I’d appreciate prayers (I need them). I’ll let you know.
5. Order glasses. (Ordered 1-13-12)
6. Attempt P90X. (Attempted 1-13-12) Failed immediately afterward… but my resolution wasn’t to KSA, it was just to attempt P90x. However I will say that since meeting more spouses I’ve heard a lot of great things about Zumba and other classes on base that I swear on my life I will attempt. Someday.
7. Go to Paris. I have no idea when this is going to happen in 2012. I laughed out loud remembering this resolution made only a month ago, really. Tyler is planning on going back to the states for at least two weeks in early May and while I’d like to go with him my sister is turning 16 in late October. God willing I could go home both times, but that’s TWO trips to the states in one year – PLUS three friends visiting this summer – PLUS my cousins coming to visit as much as possible over the next few months – PLUS my German girlfriend Meggie doing the same. I’m thinking Pari$ i$ more of a 2013 thing.
8. Be that student. I am proud to say I have signed up for my third grad class. Now that I’m officially accepted into UMUCE/Bowie State’s School Counseling program I want to be sure to take as little time off as possible… especially because that’s all I really have is time. I’m doing really well in grad school thank God and want to keep that momentum going. This class sounds a lot less interesting than the previous two, though… Intro to Research. Womp womp. But hey, it’s needed and ya gots ta do what ya gots ta do sometimes. My goal this year is to keep my GPA as shiny as it is right now… maybe shinier.
9. Start my book. All in good time, my friends… all in good time.
10. Treat every moment with my husband as though it is precious. Man, that is a tough one! I hope I didn’t set myself up for failure. Knowing your husband can up and leave any minute and be gone for an extended period of time is always in the back of your mind as a milspouse, but somehow that doesn’t keep me from nagging wanting him to talk about his feelings or stop hogging the bed. So far Ty’s been gone about half of 2012 and our communication, while every day, has been limited. I’ve tried to channel the days where we were as long distance as it gets (New York – Japan) and remember how I would make him feel loved then but somehow it’s just different when you’re married. I guess I’ll have to ask him how I’m doing on this one and get back to you.
What about you? How are your resolutions coming along? I have to say, writing my goals for 2012 down and then publishing them for all to see has held me more accountable than ever before. Blogging is so cool.