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Looking back at 2013

December 31, 2013

The Lady Okie Blog
I haven't really been focused on blogging since Christmas break started for me on the 21st. I enjoyed Christmas Eve and Day with my parents, husband, sister, brother-in-law, and nephews. I don't get to see them as often as I'd like since we live in different states, so family time is even more precious now. I saw this end of the year post on The Lady Okie's blog and loved how it gets you to really delve into what happened in the past year of your life.

1. What are you most proud of this year?

It would have to be a tie between making it through our first year of marriage stronger than ever and my decision to leave teaching after 7 years in the field. Some people in my life thought I was nuts to leave a secure job, but it was definitely the right choice for me.

2. How can I become a better _____________ ?

The feminist in me hates to admit that wife is the first thing that came to mind when I read this. But I do try to be a better wife and partner to T. I'm learning that marriage involves taking turns being the one to lean on and being the one who needs to lean in. I want to keep working on being a more supportive wife in 2014.

3. Where do I need to allow myself grace?

I know I'm super hard on myself and can be my own worst critic. I need to learn to cut myself some slack.

4. Am I passionate about my career?

Hmm good question that I'm not sure how to answer. If you would have asked me in the first few months of 2013, the answer would have been a clear and resounding no. Now I have a job I really like but I'm not sure if this will be my career forever.

5. What did my finances look like?

I took a pay cut when I switched jobs this year. It was not always easy, but we made it work this year.

6. How did I spend my free time?

Well I started this blog back in April and blogging quickly became a new hobby of mine. I spent time with family and friends, trying new recipes, and fantasy football.

7. What projects have I completed?

Projects? None that I can think of.

8. In what ways can I restructure my time?

Good question that I ask myself many times a week. I come home during the week with a limited amount of time to relax. I think I need to schedule blog posts to free up more time for other things like reading (I have slacked off on my reading) and enjoying time with my man and Kavalier.

9. What lessons have I learned in 2013?

A: Sometimes you just have to take a risk and hope it works out.
B: Marriage is hard work but also the best thing ever.

10. What old habits would I like to release?

I start off strong with working out and then just fall off the wagon. I need to get past that and find a work out routine that I can actually stick with. I'm not getting any younger.

What are your thoughts on this past year?


  1. I think that is awesome that you took a leap of faith to quit your job and do something you enjoy more! Being a wife is a lot of work but so worth it! I think being a good wife makes you a strong woman because it isn't easy!

  2. Ha! I love your answer to #2 :) I know what you mean. But it's true. I do need to work on being the best wife I can. Thanks for linking up! I really enjoyed these questions and a good time of reflection. Hope you have a fabulous start to 2014!

  3. This is a great idea and post. All are great questions to ask.

    xo Would love for you to join in for the Inspire Me 2014 Blog Challenge linkup as well--
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