Invest 2012

Let me prepare you…I’ve gotten pretty wordy here…and there aren’t any pictures.
You’ve been warned :o) Proceed at your own risk.
In the past few days I’ve gotten the year wrong on several occasions.
Now I know I’m not the only one, but I can bet you I’m one of the few that keeps writing 2010…
But it’s not 2010 or even 2011 for that matter, it’s 2012 and a time for new beginnings.
I love a fresh start, a reason to think about how you can be better, do better.
 A reason to clean out the closets and check the waistline.
A reason to dream, search, resolve.
As I mentioned last year, the husband and I always have a theme for the year. It’s narrowed down to one word and all of our hopes and goals for the year can be wrapped up into this idea. 
We started three years ago with
Discipline 2009
We became disciplined with our money, time, priorities, and we even got engaged.
Thus began Adult 2010.
We bought a house, planned a wedding, got married, and took on other adult responsibilities like recycling :o)
Last year was Savor 2011. 
The goal was to enjoy and savor the small moments of life and time with each other.
We went to the mountains and to the West Coast, enjoyed dinners at home, spent time with friends and family, and even had an addition to our nest. We also focused on saving in 2011 and I took a special interest in couponing :o)
Now it’s 2010 2012. And a new year brings a new theme. 
After thinking about our hopes and goals for this year III and I have decided on 

Why? Well I’m so glad you asked :o)
We want to invest in our relationship with the Lord, spend more time studying his word and listening for his direction in and for our lives. We have begun reading The Daily Bible and have hopes to stick with it for the next 364 days. The Lord has so much to tell us, show us, and teach us. He wants to mold us into all he created us to be. We are in this journey with Him as our guide and are looking forward to the steps he has for us along the way. 
We want to invest in our family and friends. I want to call more, write more, hang out more, enjoy each other more. I want to make sure they know how much I love them and am inspired by them and that my life would not be what it is without them.
We are going to invest in our health (although the last two days would prove otherwise). Less chips more carrot sticks?? Less TV more walking/running/anything where I’m not sitting. Less coke more water. You know the basics in nutrition. Maybe I’ll even run that 10K resolved to do in 2011.
We want to invest in our country. Let’s face it…it needs some help. Plus, it’s an election year and while I’ve never been and probably never will be too involved in politics I do want to be informed about the future of our country. I teach my 3rd graders about Susan B. Anthony and after all she did to earn women the right to vote, the least I can do is pay attention and say thank you by casting my own ballot.
We are investing in our future. Potential grad school for III, if we can figure it out the stock market maybe, a new car seems eminent, and the 16 page Excel spreadsheet, that is our budget, is back. 
I want to invest in this blog. I want to share stories with you, projects with you, my faith with you, and my time with you. I’ve really loved watching this little space grow and love all the new blog friends I’ve made. I’m looking forward to where this journey leads and want to make it a place you want to come back to. In the same breath I don’t want to be so invested in blogging that I feel it has to be a post a day or I’ve failed in some way. This year I’m going to go with quality over quantity. What do you think? I’ll still be around several days a week, but don’t want to get in the trap of posting for the sake of posting. 
Do you know what I mean?  
Good. I’m glad we are on the same team here. 
Here’s to an amazing 2012.

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5 thoughts on “Invest 2012”

  • Okay, I was kind of giggling at you for putting 2010 instead of 2012. Then today I went to my gratitude journal that I started last week, and guess what? Yep,…I had written 2010. Crazy! (maybe you're contagious)

  • I totally appreciate all the things you are planning to invest in–so many people would do well to do the same things. I find myself feeling the need to do frequent posts like other bloggers, but they just wouldn't be that good, so thanks for the encouragement to go for quality!

  • Great post and great sentiments. I love how much thought you've put into each of your categories. I'm sure that means you are pretty much guaranteed success. I can't wait to see what 2012 (or 2010, whatever, lol) brings!

  • I do the word thing too. I like that you can work on different areas of your life with the same goal in mind. I feel the same way about my blog. I my self posting just to post…. I didn't like it. So I am backing off just a little. I want to feel like I have to post everyday. :)

  • I get what you're saying about the daily blogging. Quality > quantity. I read somewhere else with blogging tips that no one's ever unsubscribed from a blog feed because the blogger didn't post enough. I don't know about that 100%, but I do know I've unsubscribed if I felt the blogger was just trying to hit a quota of posting every day.

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