*** I read about this in a few magazines that had articles for the new year, so I am going to try it out to see how it goes this year. This is in place of writing formal new years resolutions. You write a letter to yourself dated at the beginning of the upcoming year about what you were able to accomplish. ***
January 1, 2013
2012 has been an amazing, fun-filled, hectic, self-affirming year. I am most proud that you were able to really get comfortable being yourself. As you heard in church on 1/1/12, how can you love others or even expect to be comfortable being yourself around others if you cannot love and be comfortable with yourself alone and with God. In 2011, there was a lot of doubt, a lot of second guessing, a lot of being afraid of what others think/feel about you and all of that began to effect your actions. Now, you stand so strong, so confident and determined.
I know you are super excited that you achieved your top new years resolution from the previous years of getting back into shape. You finally feel that you are proud of who you have become inside and out. Those extra pounds represented so many different things in your life that you were finally able to let go of. You also learned that it is was not about preparing yourself to lose the weight, sometimes you have to just do it. Making the change was hard, but you didn't give up! It took you a few year... but you did it.
Now you are a married woman at 25! Crazy, right? If you had looked back about 3 years, I doubt that you would have expected Mr. Man to come into your life at the time he did. Your marriage is beautiful and filled with love. Now, it's just about paying some bills down so you can think about possibly having some kids before you are 45 and debt-free. (Just kidding!) However, now as a unified front, as a team, as partners in crime, you will be able to combat so many things together. AND THAT HONEYMOON, was unforgettable! It brought you too even closer than you had imagined. It is amazing the comfort that marriage can bring into a relationship.
Now as we get started into 2013, you have one more semester of graduate school! I know you can't wait to be finished. It's been a long road, but it's almost over.
Stay strong. Stay confident. Stay faithful.