1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
A strict pull-up. Then 2, 3, 4, & 5 (consecutive, dead hang, not dropping from the bar). #392 was the charm. I highly recommend getting a bar at home, practicing every single day, and using bands.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Yes. I made one resolution. Eat more cupcakes. I probably only ate 6-9 all year, but I was still pretty happy. Anytime the situation presented itself to eat a good cupcake (with lots of frosting), I didn’t turn it down. Gigi’s Cupcakes is still my fave.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, but I could be wrong. I get confused on babies’ ages. Some will be this year though!!!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
My Grandma Alice passed away in July. This was our first Christmas without any grandparents. They are very missed.
5. What countries did you visit?
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
Right now all I really want is some quiet time at home.
7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Starting CrossFit was a big deal for us. Our anniversary is coming up in a few months. I hope it buys us flowers.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I’m really proud of my business. I quit & I picked myself, and it was definitely the right decision.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Probably impatience or complacence. Two of my biggest faults.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nope. But Kevin definitely went to the ER in Costa Rica.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
Pull-up bar, my Yamaha Clavinova keyboard for my business, my Reebok Nanos
12. Where did most of your money go?
I put a lot back into my business. And into Lululemon. And lots of plane tickets to MN!
13. What did you get really excited about?
Ummmm…. 55 Reasons CrossFit Makes Me Smile!
14. What song will always remind you of 2013?
The Fox. There’s always some child in my vicinity singing it. Every single time I walk into Target! Also Imagine Dragon’s On Top of The World, which I taught to my fifth graders.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? equally happy, really
– thinner or fatter? more muscular…. but some of my clothes don’t fit
– richer or poorer? about the same, but i guess richer since more student loan is paid off.
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Playing piano, reading, qt with Kevin, still working on building relationships in CO, hanging out with my friends, praying
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Stressing. Sleeping. I’ve gotten into a bad habit of sleeping in!!!
18. How did you spend Christmas?
In Minnesota — Christmas Eve with the Kreisels & Christmas Day (and Monday) with my side.
19. What was your favorite TV program?
20. What were your favorite books of the year?
Separate post coming on Friday!
21. What was your favorite music from this year?
This is the year I started listening to a lot of “Christian” music again. A lot of All Sons & Daughters, Charlie Hall, The Sing Team, and Matt Redman.
22. What were your favorite films of the year?
None. But I don’t really like movies.
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Stayed at home in bed most of the day, and ate three kinds of cake (Kevin had to work). 29. P.S. This wasn’t a bad thing.
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
It was pretty satisfying. I would say, learn to chill out about home alone. I kind of go into survival mode when Kevin is traveling for work because I hate being home alone. So I wasted a couple of weeks in the fall with that nonsense.
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Slipping. I’ve worn a lot of workout clothes. And mostly J.Crew Factory for teaching. But I still definitely try to not dress like I’m from Colorado.
26. What kept you sane?
Pippacita and Kevin. <3 <3 Many Starbucks gift cards. And my wods.
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
CrossFit has really been teaching me (it’s a process) to not be such a big baby. I was proud that I was actually looking forward to the chance to try rope climbs. That’s typically something I’d be a total pansy about.
I’ve also been very encouraged in my faith this year, mainly through the teaching in my church and sharing Tuesday evenings (and a lot of weekends) with members of our gospel community group. Two things I’m looking forward to this year are serving in the kids’ program with Kevin (starting Sunday!!) and finally becoming official partners (members).
Here are a few quotes from my notebooks that I’d like to remember from 2014 (Kevin and I typically journal the sermons):
- You cannot go too far away. You cannot reject Him enough. You can’t ever go so far that this command does not apply to you if you repent! The command is the same (v.39). And God will make his home with you. The mountains are but a faint stream of the beauty of God. You love your friends? They are but a GLIMMER of the love of God. You were made to dwell with God if you will but repent and receive forgiveness. (full sermon)
- (Psalm 23) You will never be without what God the Shepherd determines you need. God does not always lead us into places of comfort and beauty. We want to make the Psalms about our immediate comforts, but the Psalms are about how to endure suffering when nothing else makes sense. How do we know we can trust Him? Isaiah 53:7 He has already led one sheep into that valley, He was crushed that we might not be. (full sermon)
- Christianity is not just a new set of morals or a political club. You don’t need to figure out how to get your life in order before you come to Jesus. What it means to be a disciple of Jesus i s that your thirsty. You come to Jesus and drink. Instead, we buy into the devastating myth of self-sufficiency. We are dying of thirst! Our first reaction is to grit our teeth & be angry. But the only requirement is admit that you’re thirsty. (full sermon)
I wouldn’t say that these are things I’ve LEARNED but as Ann Voskamp would say, I’m preaching the gospel to myself.
28. Worst things Boyd has done this year?
Ate a LOT of socks & mittens whenever we had company. Chewed not one, not two, but THREE wallets. My two brothers and Kevin have matchy-matchy chew marks. He got half a $20 out of Kelly’s and 3/4 of $5 out of Kevin’s! He also ruined a credit card and ate diaper wipes.
29. Who visited you this year? Kevin’s parents, Kevin’s parents again with our niece & nephew, Josiah multiple times, Amy & Deidre, my mom & AJ, Kelly & Lisa and their three kids!!! We had so much fun with guests & family. And we still haven’t gotten a guest bed… oops!!!!!
30. Blogs I can stop reading:
And many more!
P.S. Survey was via Rage Against Minivan (except 28-30).
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