1. Learn to sew. For real this time. - Mom bought me a sewing machine for Christmas and I was so shocked. I really didn't think I would be getting one. I have no excuse this year. I'm doing it.
2. Knit for me. - I have a huge list of things that need to be knit for other people. I love knitting and I love that people love what I make. But it's getting sad to have to let go of all these things. I want to knit things that I can enjoy. So I have a small list of things I would like for me.
3. Scrapbook the Road Trip. -O boy, this is a big one. I have a lot of ideas as to use the things we collected. I collected a lot of paper, which would make an epic scrap book, or a great collage. I am still undecided. I am more comfortable with collage, but scrap book would be a great way to reminisce. Whatever I decide, I have a lot of photos to print, and paper to organize. I also need to finish uploading all the blogs from the trip. I still can't believe it's over. It was such an awesome journey.
4. Be Healthy- A lot of habits I started when pregnant. I've picked up a lot more since Oz has started eating. Being healthy isn't just about getting the number down on the scale (well, it is that some). But I want to be healthy so that as Oz (and whenever baby 2 wants to show up) grows up, healthy eating choices are habit. Something he won't have to think about or struggle with. It will be his norm. I like that idea. So while it is a struggle for me to give up bad habits, I know it will be worth it in the end.
5. Get Outside More- I'm definitely an indoor girl, but we need to be out more. Especially on sunny days.
6. CAMP- We discovered that we really enjoy camping and I want it to be something we do as a family. So when the weather warms up, I want us to go several times. Plus, it's pretty affordable as a weekend getaway!
7. Do Some Out of My Comfort Zone - This has yet to be decided, but I'm brainstorming. I have a year and I want to do it for a few months. Not a one-off. So when I know, you'll know.
8. Listen to More Music- This may seem so obvious and easy, but it's not. I miss listening to music. I miss the way it used to excite me. I don't think music is ever as exciting and new as it is when you are a teenager. I know I can't recapture that, but I do want to HEAR MORE THINGS. Not background noise.
9. Slambook the Magazines- I watched a video on youtube for Slambooks. I don't need to buy a "Slambook", just an empty notebook/journal (which I have plenty of) and I have glue sticks. But I do have a fuck-ton of magazines. I save them because I love paper, photos, articles... Just cut out what I like and put it in the damn book! You can do this Ashley! I love cutting up paper and I love gluing things. And who doesn't love a full notebook? It's a very satisfying moment to fill an entire notebook. Plus it will free up space. Seriously, I packed at least 3 boxes of magazines from England. That seems a little hoarder-ish to me. Which leads me to....
10. DE-CLUTTER. - Yeah we don't have a home yet, but when we do, it will be a fresh start. A perfect time to unpack, organize and DE-CLUTTER. I'm a collector. A nester. I like to be surrounded by things. But some things just need to be let go of.
11. Give up Red Meat- In some ways I think this will be the most difficult. I mean, beef is pretty easy. I don't eat roast beef, steak...in my own cooking if a recipe calls for beef mince, i'll substitute it with turkey mince. No biggie. And we only eat lamb once or twice a year. I don't eat pork that often either, but the idea of giving up sausage and sausage gravy are hard ones. And then I think about summer bbq's and yeah, that's a toughie. I don't like that. But after we ate cheeseburgers last night, I just felt gross. My head hurt and I had the worst indigestion. So I don't really think I need to be eating something that makes me feel that way.
12. Thoughtful Buying.- This one probably comes from my pinning on Pinterest. I am excited about setting up a home and starting from scratch. I'm excited about losing weight and buying some new clothes. But I want to be thoughtful in my purchases. Instead of just filling; buy things that I will like and that will LAST. It's not about brand, it's not about price. I'm talking about QUALITY, and I think this can spread to all aspects of our shopping and spending.
So there you go. 12 expectations for myself in 2012. What is it about the New Year that is so damn exciting?