Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Looking Back at 2013 + 2014 Goals

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2013 has been an incredible year. Mostly full of ups, to be perfectly and gratefully honest. I started Darling Cashmere in February, gained new followers and blog friends along the way, had the honor of working with Anchor and Veil Photography for a fun photoshoot, and hosted my very first giveaway. I got engaged and married to my Mr. of two years now with an amazing engagement shoot in-between with Joy Davis Photography! I took time to relax and have fun with vacations to Asheville, Charleston, Bald Head Island, and New York City. My year was full of celebrating loved ones' engagements, marriages, and brand-new babies, reading lots and lots of books, eating countless cupcakes, and spending priceless hours with family. I also have exciting news to finally share publicly--Friday, January 3, is my last day with Forsyth County as I have accepted a position as events coordinator at WinMock at Kinderton! I am beyond thrilled for this new opportunity and feel unbelievably blessed for the perfect timing of all of the Lord's precious gifts.

I am looking forward to 2014 and all that God has planned for me and my new little family. I am praying that His love is made known more in me and through me and that all I do is honoring to His Name.

2014 Goals
(In no particular order--and I have a feeling I'll continue to add to this!)
1. Learn calligraphy--Practice, practice, practice until I feel confident enough to share my work on Darling Cashmere
2. Learn how to turn my calligraphy work into printables on Darling Cashmere
3. Finish reading The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer
4. Take a vacation anywhere (this may be where our honeymoon comes in!)
5. Throw an indoor dinner party for friends
6. Host a themed backyard barbeque
7. Learn and master a new recipe (dessert recipes count!)
8. Carve pumpkins for Halloween (we let this one slide in 2013)--maybe host a carving party!
9. Have a photoshoot with my Mr. and our pup, Cashmere
10. Send out photo Christmas/New Year's cards (preferably gold foil, of course)
11. Invest in a blog re-design and business cards (I may have to revisit this in 6 months to see where priorities lie)
12. Make my own flower crown to wear to our wedding celebration in June
13. Plan and throw a fabulous wedding celebration for our family and friends to enjoy in June
14. Go to the Farmers Market on a more consistent basis (this may be much more doable with the Tanglewood Park Farmers Marketing coming in Spring 2014 yay!)
15. Dress up and/or celebrate at least in some tiny way for every major holiday and even some of the smaller ones (i.e. National Cupcake Day!)
16. Make a different cupcake recipe a month (thanks to my new cupcake recipe kit from my sister)
17. Go hiking at least three times
18. Go overnight tent camping--but this time in warm weather!
19. Get a haircut--not just a trim! I am thinking just past my shoulders maybe? And maybe even curtain bangs too!
20. Remodel our kitchen--with paint swatches already taped to the wall and engineered hand-scraped wood flooring on our minds, we hope to have the kitchen remodel complete in the next couple of months
21. Make a fancy festive Christmas cocktail
22. Give back--although I am already involved in my church's annual 5K which supports and helps fund a local charity, I'd like to do more. Maybe a monthly volunteer opportunity with a charity of choice or a different one each month? I'd love some suggestions!
23. Get involved at church--at my previous church in Greensboro I was all about the Coffee Crew and made gallons and gallons of coffee every Sunday for the congregation. I'd either like to pursue the coffee team at our new church, River Oaks Community Church, or maybe look into working with the high school youth!
24. Remember "Work heartily as for the Lord and not for men.." Colossians 3:23 always
25. Set aside time each day to spend quietly with the Lord--in prayer, in His Word, or just in reflection listening.
26. Keep a bottle of champz at the house at all times for any occasion because technically every day of life is an occasion worth celebrating!
27. Maintain my blog calendar and stick to it

And here's a little 2013 flipagram to end on!
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XOXO,
R

PS Love how Pretty and Fun shared her 2013!

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