Becoming the person I never knew I wanted to be
Sunday, January 09, 2011
I'm domesticated. It's true! I do chores, grocery shop, pay bills, cook dinner, and work. And ya know what? It feels great! How many years have I gone just wasting life and being the epitome of L-A-Z-Y? Too many.
Not anymore. This person I have become has new goals, new hopes, and new dreams. She sees things in a new light and is more accepting of those around her and more forgiving of herself. Even within the last week, I've learned new things about myself that I really didn't know existed.
I'm big into lists, and so here's what I've discovered:
1. I love my husband beyond all measure! If there has ever been anyone who has been my biggest fan before him, I didn't know it. He supports me in all ways possible, tells me I'm beautiful (awww...), and loves me for me. That man is the most important person in my life!
2. I absolutely adore living in a clean house. I've started cleaning on a regular basis (just basically putting things away right away, that sort of thing) and it has felt so wonderful. Doing this has kept me active and given me something to be proud of.
3. Goals keep me in check. My husband and I started a family goals journal a couple of weeks ago. In it, we wrote family, financial, home, and health goals we have as a couple. Behind those pages, as we meet these goals, we'll go back in and record how we met them and how we feel about it. Half-way through the journal, we have individual pages for "Anne's Goals" and "Curt's Goals". As our family grows, we intend to continue writing in the journal and adding our children to it, as well. We'll have the chance, then, to continue adding to our family goals (with input from our future children) and we'll be able to teach our children about the importance of goals, too. Doing this allowed us to sit down together and really think about what we want together, what we want separately, and how we can support each other to meet the goals. I'm so excited for the opportunity to go back and journal about how we did!
4. Accepting others for the pure and simple fact that they are people, doing the best they can, with what they've been given in life is one of the most important things I can do. I don't have to agree with what others do. I don't have to do what others do. I can, however, just love people. And that's what I intend to do.
5. Clean eating makes me feel good! Even if I don't do it 100% of the time, eating clean foods does a body good.
There are many more things I'd like to add to that list, but I'll save those for another time (when I need a pick-me-up!). I'm excited about all these changes I'm experiencing and for all the opportunities that will come in my future. I had no idea that doing these things would make me so happy, but truly, it's these things that are helping me become a stronger wife, sister, daughter, friend, and teacher.
And with that, I'm off to finish up my Eat Clean Cookbook recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash soup! Check back later for a review!