Thursday, January 5, 2012

Here's To The Year Of Amber

Happy New Year! Only 5 days late right? Oh and since I completely missed the holidays around the Blog World - Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukkah & Merry Christmas ya'll!

I'm not doing New Year's Resolutions this year. Too much pressure. After looking back on 2011, I see a recurring theme. Stress. Stress. Stress. And you know what's the cause of that stress?


I put too much pressure on myself to be the perfect wife, perfect accountant, perfect Christian, perfect person.

I set WAY too many goals and I am super upset when I don't accomplish them.

Don't get me wrong. I think it is admirable to strive for self improvement. It is honorable to want to be a loving spouse, valuable employee & quality world citizen. However, I tend to set significantly higher expectations for myself than I ever do for anyone else.

So this year is The Year Of Amber. (Yes, I'm stealing this from Happy Endings - but it seemed appropriate.)

The year of giving myself a little grace. The year of developing hobbies that I enjoy. The year of traveling to visit friends. The year of being grateful in all things and trusting the Lord to handle those circumstances that are out of my control.

I did something kind of drastic in honor of The Year of Amber. I chopped 6 inches off my hair. I think my hair is becoming an expression of what I feel emotionally. Last winter I died it dark brown. This year I chopped 6 inches off. My hair dresser asked if I was sure I wanted to cut that much off. I responded, "Umm....2011 has pretty much been a horrible year for me. I'm convinced the bad mojo is stuck in my hair. So get rid of that crap please!" :)

With that being said, I plan to come back to blogging again. She's my long lost friend. My escape. My happy place. We've had an on again, off again relationship for quite some time now. And I'm actually committed to making this thing last.

Hope your 2012 is off to a fabulous start!


Mrs. S said...

I'm glad your back! missed your blog!

Mateya said...

Sooo glad you're back! This is definitely the Year of Amber. I just know it :)

Rebekah said...

I'm so glad you're back! I know this year is going to be great for you!

Michelle (michabella) said...

SO GLAD YOU ARE BACK!!! Missed you! Cheers to a new year!!! <3

ty said...

This makes me super happy :)

Christina said...

Yay! You're back! I hope your have a great year of Amber!

Ashley said...

yay yay yay! so glad you are back!! you HAVE to post a picture of your hair!! I chopped all mine off back in May to donate it...I'm finally starting to like the length again lol

Aly @ Analyze This said...

It's SO refreshing to have you blogging again. I love your honesty on the blog!

"The Year of Amber" sounds GREAT to me!!!

Glad to have you back, sista! xo

Jessica said...

Sometimes a drastic change (even hair!) does the soul good!

ajs {of MN} said...

always happy to hear from you now where is a photo of this new hair!?

Stacey said... can I help? I am making something for you!

Katie said...

Yay welcome back!!! :) Happy new year girl.

Laura said...

Yay!! A year for "Amber" sounds like a fabulous idea. :) You deserve to make it a year for you and cut all this stressing out.. Yes, we do need to catch up. it's ridiculous everything that's happened in both of our lives.

Bryan and Chelsey's Moss Moments said...

Yay! Yay! You're back! I've missed you! Can't wait to read more and I want to see a picture of your cute new haircut! :)

Anonymous said...

i hope to see you come back here and there :) i miss connecting with you more!

and it should always be the year of amber in my opinion. i think you definitely had a trying year...a lot of it was pressure you had put on yourself and pressure the society imposes on you, but years like that are what make us grow. thank goodness we only move forward and not backwards :)

i had a similar year to yours and am so excited about 2012! happy new year to you :)

Sarah said...

Yay!!! I'm SO glad you're back! I've missed you and your little blog!

rkjalernpan said...

Glad you're back. You've always been a great role model for me, and I'm glad I've been able to keep up with you on here. SLAM

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