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!
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  • AMBER281
    What a great blog! Thanks for sharing!
    3205 days ago
    what a wonderful change!!! You and your husband are making some awesome changes everyday and documenting your journey together!! So awesome and cute lol!! Good luck and keep up the great work Anne!!
    3206 days ago
    I love your blog! I think the journal is an AWESOME idea! Your both going to go so far by writing them down and tackling them together and individually. GO YOU for a clean house! They really are nice to come home too!
    3206 days ago
    Best. Title. EVER! :)

    And the list is pretty darn awesome, too. I still haven't gotten to the clean house part, but I'm slowly developing the habits of putting things away which helps immensely! (the fact that my coat is in the closet more than it's on the couch is HUGE! :)
    3207 days ago
    Great blog! emoticon

    The family goals journal is a great idea! Let us know how it works out in the long run!

    You're doing great! Keep up the good work!

    - Karen
    3207 days ago
    This is such an awesome blog!!!!! I am so happy for you!!!!
    Im trying really hard to get my house organized so it can be kept clean. It is very hard to change the habits of two messy people!
    3207 days ago
    That is so amazing! What a great idea. You will meet all your goals! =)
    3207 days ago
    You're doing great!

    Oh, and if you run out of things to clean, come by my house!
    3207 days ago
    That's a great idea (the journal)!! :D And it's wonderful that your husband not only supports you, and tells you how much he loves you, but he SHOWS you through participation and actions! Truly wonderful!! Your future children will be lucky to have you as parents!

    My attitude about my living space has changed, too. I am tackling one small area at a time, to avoid the "binge and purge" method that I fell into before, which never would stick. It was kind of like a diet vs. lifestyle change. I needed a tidiness lifestyle habit. I have it, but my husband does not. It feels overwhelming to come into our cluttered house and be the only person working on it, or wanting to clean the floors, especially when he expects me to support us financially. I know that I'll have to do all of that stuff alone when I'm living by myself, but I'll also only be the only one adding to the work!! LOL!

    All the best to you!
    3207 days ago
    Love it! I too have discovered that I like doing "chores". I don't necessarily like them while I'm doing them, But I appreciate the clean house afterward and I feel accomplished. I am somebody that has always done bad in school and I just don 't learn the same way others do. I never felt accomplished or like an overachiever. Accomplishing little things around the house, and being in control of my weight loss and exercise routine has given me a sense of purpose and accomplishment.

    Glad I'm not alone in feeling accomplished by doing chores lol
    3207 days ago
    Great blog, I love your family journal idea, too!
    3207 days ago
    You are amazing! I love the family goals idea...I think that our family needs to start one of those. Thanks! Never stop being WONDERFUL emoticon
    3208 days ago
    I LOVE your family journal idea!! I think I'm going to steal your idea!!
    3208 days ago
    You are amazing Anne! So wonderful & positive.

    3208 days ago
    you are amazing
    3208 days ago
    Great blog! That recipe sounds yummy!
    3208 days ago
    i loved this blog! amazing! your attitude is contagious :) i like the part about people, its so true :)
    3208 days ago
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