Christmas has come and gone.
Thankfully, what the season means hasn’t left me.
I didn’t expect anything this Christmas. I don’t think I even asked for anything. I have been so beyond blessed this year, and I truly felt that there was nothing I wanted for.
I have a new job, a cute condo with my very best friend. I have a new car. I’ve lost 87 lbs in six months. I have a group of friends that I can’t imagine life without. I have a family that cares about me.
Buuuuut, hey….just because I didn’t ask, doesn’t mean I was not more than happy, let alone SHOCKED to receive all of my amazing gifts this year! Alex got me a Kindle Fire. Sean got me Rosetta Stone Italiano. My lovely front desk ladies got me a crockpot, and a fabulous Betseyville bag. Some other co-workers even got me cute Victoria’s Secret gift cards! My cousin got me a whole bag of assorted goodies, and the list goes on.
Wednesday, there was a contest for “Most Festive,” and I felt a competitive urge to win.
….you see how that went. Lol.
Although Christmas was a bit different this year, I was pleasantly surprised to come home Thursday night and see that Alex decorated the living room!
Christmas was, other than Jesus’ birthday, a reminder to me that the year is almost over. I can’t be the only one who thinks that is a little terrifying! I mean seriously, I feel like it’s flown by. And while I am very proud to say that I accomplished pretty much EVERY large item on my to-do list for this year, I can’t help but feel a slight nagging feeling that I need to plan my list for next year already. I don’t really do resolutions…because lists are already such a big part of who I am, and what I do….if I just make a list, and keep it some place obvious (like, I don’t know, my blog, which is getting tons of hits!), I am more likely to get those things done. It’s funny to admit, but there really aren’t that many big things for the list….yet. I plan to have the majority of it accomplished by February, in fact. But you know me….it’s just a matter of time before I take on another project or idea. And I cannot WAIT to see what those will be. 🙂
So, here it is:
Sondra’s 2012 To-Do List
1. Book my flight to Italy for Spring 2013
2. Book my flight to DC for my cousin’s graduation in May 2012.
3. Become fluent in Italian(thank you, Sean for making my Rosetta Stone fantasies real!)
4. Make the blog a bit bigger than it is.
5. Start that dang YouTube channel I keep going on about…
6. Keep working on the memoirs/novel
7. Be a better saver. (There’s no reason I shouldn’t have a ROTH IRA by now. I’m 23 years old with a steady income, for crying out loud. Smh.)
8. Work out EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. after work. No matter how much those 12 hr days get to me.
9. Hit goal weight. Just 43 lbs to go!
10. Use the 30 Day Challenges to begin a movement of my own.
This is just a beginning, like I said. But all of these things are very important to me. I have been positively overjoyed and overwhelmed by all of the kind comments, emails, and Facebook comments about being an inspiration. What I think people need to realize is that their support inspired me in the first place. I am honored that my story, my journey, and my failures and successes can help someone take the steps they have thought of so often….but ended up too afraid, or too overwhelmed and defeated to try.
It’s never to late to change your life, or the lives of others. Sometimes, you just have to say “Screw it!” and do what your heart is leading you to do.
And knowing that, I know that this list will eventually be all crossed out, and begging to be added to!
Yesterday, Karen, Elisha and I went to the beach before they headed back to Riverside, and I felt so relaxed. And, as corny as it sounds, as I sat on those rocks just watching the sun set, I was so content within myself. And even though I still have some things in life that stress me out, I can honestly say that I’m not worried. I know everything will happen as it’s supposed to, as long as I stay focused and keep working towards my dreams. It hasn’t failed me yet.
And so, I shall leave you with that.
This photo pretty much sums up the peace I feel, even in the midst of the ridiculousness that comes my way.
‘Til Next Time!