It seems to be that time of the year again.... time to look back on an eventful year and set goals for the next...
Luckily, so that I could hold myself accountable, I blogged about my hopes and dreams for 2010.... lets review...
1.Learn to live stress free with a baby. I want to be able to do it all and not feel overwhelmed... I want to get into a comfortable routine as a working mom, so that I am not tired, stressed, or scatter-brained! I know it will be hard, and it will take a while, but hopefully by the end of the year, things will atleast start to get easier. I am 11 months into the working mom gig, and I feel like I finally have it undercontrol... sort of... it is OK if the house is a wreck... it can be picked up quickly, and can returned to the orginal state of messiness in a blink of an eye... I have learned to sleep less... coffee is my friend, and so are frozen foods... We eat dinner as a family EVERY NIGHTand that is what matters more than a freshly cooked meal right now... Hopefully 2011 gets even easier... I did discover the secret to balanancing work and mommyhood... its called working from home!
2.Begin working as an actuary. I HOPE this one will get crossed off quickly, and I get my new position when I return to work next month (oh, so sad... next month! :( ) It took 11 months, but I am FINALLY working as an actuary!!! And I love it more than I could have ever imagined! I enjoy going to work... I enjoy the work... I look forward to my future career and the things will bring. I really believe that things are supposed to happen for a reason... it might have taken a little while, but this is the job I am supposed to have.
3.Pass 2 exams... whether is MFE that I have to take again, and MLC...or MLC and exam 4 (I cant remember what exam 4 is!) Well.... I am very sad to say that I I did not fulfill this goal... I failed in May... and I am still waiting to hear back from my exam in Nov. Lets just say 2011 will be THE year!!
4.Take my lunch to work more often... and make Brian as well. I started off great.... slacked... slacked even more.... but have picked it back up! My mom bought me a new lunch box for christmas... I currently want to use it!! I think that is the key.
5.Start saving more money for my next car... this will be difficult with all the next expenses of a baby... but hopefully my #2 will help this!.. and #4. ha Saving has occured... not as much as we hoped.... but we are foregoing the car idea and shooting for a new house! We are just dreaming bigger!
6.Lose the rest of my baby weight! 18 lbs.. blah! .... preferably by Jan 25th, so that I fit into all of my work clothes and dont have to buy new ones! Lost as of March.... I havent weighted myself since about May... I think I am about the same size, but maybe about 5 lbs more at the moment... since my grandma passed, I can tell I have been eating my feelings a bit....
7.Take more weekend trips... especially to KC to visit my brother and Sarah... and the new WATERPARK!!! I cant wait!!! Uhhh we took ONE... but it was to KC to visit my brother, and we did go to the new waterpark... that counts.
8.Monthly dates for Brian and I so that we can make sure our marriage can stay happy and healthy after a baby.... plus it gives grandparents a chance to babysit! Monthly dates have not exactly been a success... hopefully that will change as we just received 55.00 in movie giftcards! Wait... that is only like 3 movie dates though huh? ... as for our marraige, it has been a definite growing year. Having a baby changes things alot... we have had to learned to compromise more, listen, and just ask for help. Overall I feel even more secure in my marriage as I have realized that Brian and I really are a team, a partner in life, best friends, and have that unconditional love that marriage needs.
Overall, I think it has been a really great year.
Stay tuned for my hopes and dreams for 2011! I think it will be a BIG year in the Gilmore household!