So once again our lives went on hold and I stopped blogging.
Marc finally has a contract with the United States Air Force and he will be working in Intelligence. It wasn't the job we were hoping for but I think it will be really good for our family and we have grown to become excited about this new challenge. Marc will leave for Basic Military Training on March 4th in San Antonio, Texas. He will then do 5 months of training in Sierra Vista, Arizona and then 5 months Pensacola, Florida. From my understanding I couldn't live with Marc during any of that time and so I will be waiting a year to see where our first post is.
However, I should be hearing at the end of this week if I have employment as an educational interpreter and that will be a journey all of its own. It is the first time that I will truly be living alone and I guess we will see how independent I truly am. I was worried about how I would spend my year and so I made a list of 14 goals for 2014. These are things that I want to work on through out the year to keep me busy and maybe I won't miss my husband quite so much!
These are numbered though not in any particular order:
1 - Lose 70 pounds
I know it is tacky to list weight loss as a New Year's goal because everyone does that and no one ever sticks to it. However, I have already lost 12-15 pounds and I want to keep the momentum going.
2 - Workout Regularly
I would love to work out 6 days a week and that will be my goal. I will mix up some cardio and some strength training.
3 - Eat Better
I would like to eat clean but I need it to be doable eating. So we will start small and try to stick to an 80/20 rule.
4 - Read the Book of Mormon
Last year I read the scriptures every day but I started with a smaller book. This year I want to keep the momentum going.
5 - Read a Book or Two Every Month
I have some how lost the joy in reading a book. School beat that out of me and so I want to get started again. I technically cheated for the month of January because I finished two books on New Years Day. I finished "The Four Agreements" by Miguel Ruiz and "Between the Lines" by Jodi Picoult. However, since then I have read "Sleeping Beauty's Daughters" by Diane Zahler and I just started "Just Ella" by Annette K. Larsen.
6 - Make Friends
Over the last few years we have really struggled to make any real friends. We don't fit the typical mold for what is expected in our culture and that can make things hard. I am hoping that we are both able to find individuals that we click with over the next year and make some lasting friendships.
7 - Play the Piano
This has been a skill that I haven't used in quite awhile. I was embarrassed by my lack of talent and therefore stopped playing and now I have even less of a talent. I don't want anything huge or grand but I want to enjoy playing again FOR ME.
8 - Save Money
This has been something that we have worked on over our marriage and I am excited to put some of our plans into action this year. I want to set aside some money for the future and I want to set aside some money for us to be able to play. Marc and I want to go on a cruise for our 5 year anniversary and I want to see if I can make that happen. (Especially because our 5 year anniversary will occur after we have spent a year living apart!!!)
9 - Enjoy the Quiet Moments
I want to take time every day to just be still. No music, no tv, no phone, no distractions. I want to enjoy the moments of holding a sleeping cat or listening to the birds chirp.
10 - Write Marc Daily
I don't want our separation to separate us. So I plan on writing Marc every day. It might be a letter or maybe an email but I want to be able to share as much about what is going on at home as possible. I know he won't be able to write back daily but this is my goal!
11 - Blog Weekly
I don't want to hide anymore. I always get scared when our lives are in the air but then I miss the little things. I want to have a history of our lives and remember all of the times that we have shared together.
12 - Become Nationally Certified
This will be the most challenging goal this year and the one that I can't completely control. But I can do my part and study and prepare myself. This will be crucial to have before our first post so that I can work anywhere in the United States. Right now I could do that in an educational setting (minus two states) but I want to have as many doors open as I possibly can!
13 - Make More Time for My Kiddos
I don't have any kiddos if you use the real world description. However, I have lots of little ones in my life that I care about very, very much. Some of these are my niece and nephews, some are my kitties, and some are kids that I have adopted through the library. I want these kiddos to know how important they are to me and I can do that through giving my time. It might be a FaceTime conversation or maybe a letter in the mail.
14 - Thrive in the Year Apart
I don't want this to be a year that I simply survive. I want to grow and develop and thrive this year. I want to try new things and meet new people. I want to develop talents and enjoy working on the house. I want to make this a very full year of wonderful things.
Wish me luck!!!