January 3, 2011

2011 theme: Strength

As I have previously stated, I love to share a personal side with you on my photography blog.

I've never really been too keen on setting new years resolutions. I've always kind of thought that they tend to set you up for future disappointment or when setting them, you can be too hard on yourself. So instead of resolutions this year, I have decided to set a theme. This year's theme is "Strength".

Last year, I spread myself far far far too thin and committed myself to too many things. And they were all things that I had to give 100% of myself to. This left hardly any of myself for myself, and it wore me down. So this year, particularly in these early months, I want to build back up my strength in many ways.  And I'll tell you what, these past couple weeks off, have been just blissful!

* I vow to hopefully never spread myself that thin again.

* In case you didn't know, I have struggled with insomnia for years. It's the pits.  I would never wish it on anyone! I want to take care of myself physically by exercising more so I can sleep better.

* My yoga instructor said something that really struck me. She said that in your late teens and all through your 20s is when you build bone density and strength to draw from for your entire life, and that it's critical to build it up during that time. I was like, "goodness gracious! I need to exercise more!" I want to be a capable old lady who can lift her gallon of milk so I better start building up my bone density now!

* I of course want to become more spiritually strong this year so that I can hopefully better oveercome my weaknesses. More regularly attending church (Yay for the schedule change!) and by doing things on my own to help build up that strength. A church leader of mine also said something that really stuck with me. He said that often times the Lord won't take away your burdens or hardships, but instead when you rely on Him, He will make you STRONGER to better withstand them. I need to become stronger.

* As hard as it is for me (because I honestly love everyone and want to be everyone's friend), I need to put a little distance between myself and those that tend to bring me down. I had a couple people this past year who really brought me down. As much as I would love to be best friends with everyone, I need to remember what a wise older gentleman said in church yesterday, "A true friend is someone who makes you feel good about yourself when you are in their presence."  Dear friends who are so positive and great, I love you! And hope that I have expressed my gratitude to you.  If not, I resolute to show more appreciation this year. :)

...Thus, I will become stronger. :)

What is YOUR theme this year? What do YOU want to do to make 2011 the best year yet?

And because a post is no fun without a picture, here is me and Brant when we went whale watching in Maui last month. :)


Hayley said...

Love this post! You took the words right out of my mouth. Here's to the new 2011 and all the exciting things it holds for all of us!

and ps...bone density now? Crap!! I'm in trouble!

and p.s.s. Why don't we live closer??? I need to find me a yoga buddy to drag my lazy arse out of bed and get exercising!

Lostylady said...

You go Katie! You can do anything you put your mind to! To a wonderful 2011!

Brant Pease said...

I am so proud of you! A strong wife could use, from time to time, a strong husband by her side.

I support you.
I don't have a theme like you do, but I do have a couple goals of my own that are very much in line with yours.

I would have to say that if my goals were to have a theme it would be "Find Your Ness". Over the passed few years I have lost some of what makes Me, me. My goals will encourage me to get back those parts of me that I have lost, so I can be a better husband, father, and a better man.

Erika Sullivan said...

Good for you Kate, I love this post. Thanks for putting some of my New Year's goals into perspective for me. And I TOTALLY agree with the old man's quote...you need to be around people who build you up and not tear you down, and who make you feel good about being you. Love you!

Johny and Sarah said...

You're too cute Kate! I hope I wasn't one of those people you are going to distance yourself from ;)

Love the theme and I hope you reach your un-goal goals ;) I also liked Brant's comment on here. So, true when we start having families and get busy with life we sometimes lose who we are deep down, that's why one of my goals this year is to get back into teaching aerobics cause it made me happy and I loved it and I miss the me who taught it etc.!

Can't wait to see all your success Pease's!!!

Sarah Knight said...

Love it Kate! You are amazing and this post describes you to a tee!

Linnea said...

This is a beautiful post. I'm sure that you will gain lots of strength in this year, especially since you have such a clear vision of what you want for yourself! Your photos and blog posts are great & I hope your week is off to a great start! xo