Small Wins

In my management class the other day we briefly discussed celebrating “small wins.” It got me thinking about our goals for 2013 and our struggles in 2012. Looking back on the last few weeks 2013 is having a much better start than 2012. We have already made progress on some of our goals and have many small victories to relish.

Joe celebrated another birthday and we got a coupon for a free meal at Tucanos.
Joe celebrated another birthday and we got a coupon for a free meal at Tucanos. It was a fun day.
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Joe and I have been married for over 900 days!
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We got to get away over the long weekend and visit family, including Anita.
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My bangs are now long enough that I can tuck them behind my ear, which is a big milestone.
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Less than 100 days until I graduate with my Master’s degree!

New Year’s in Canyonlands

The New Year found us freezing our faces off in Canyonlands. We found a sweet deal on lodging in Moab, Utah, and decided it would be an adventure. We had never been to Moab in winter and thought it was going to be warmer than winter anywhere else because, well, it was Moab. I usually am dying from heat in early spring or fall, so I was quite surprised to find that it was the coldest we have been all winter.

After arriving one late evening and early morning church the next day with some really friendly people, we started our adventure in the Needles District. We checked out a roadside ruin, a natural spring and a cowboy camp. Not too extreme, but it was beautiful to see red rock covered in snow and with no one around, it was just nature and us. The road led us to explore the Elephant Hill area. Hope was a little hesitant to take our car on a snowy dirt road but I assured her that our little Subaru would be fine.

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ImageImageNew Yearโ€™s Eve found us exploring Island in the Sky. We were not as secluded as we were at Needles but it was not too bothersome to have others around. On the short but icy trail to Mesa Arch, I slipped like a classic feet-in-the-air cartoon and thought I broke a bone in my arm, judging by the sound it made when I hit the ground. Thankfully nothing was broken and we were able to enjoy the mystical view from the window of the arch. The mists were all around us as we continued to Grand View Point. It truly felt like heaven, an island floating in a sea of clouds. Every now and then we caught a glimpse of the Colorado River below, and it truly was a blessing.

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Starting Off the New Year

Well, 2012 is finally here. It is going to be a good year. Hope and I are on track to graduate in May, and we are starting our first blog. I hope it is worth your time to read this. We will try to make it interesting so you keep coming back. The inspiration for our blog comes from Hope’s sister, Audrey Merket.

We have started the New Year by redecorating our house. This is where I am going to brag a little bit about my awesome feng shui type skills. I have hung up several new pictures and decorations around the house, including putting the inspirational poem, Invictus, in our bathroom. Hope gave me that poem in a frame for Valentine’s Day 2010. We saw the movie, Invictus, when we were dating, and it is the movie where we first held hands. If you ever come visit us, you will have to come be inspired by the awesomeness of the words of William Ernest Henley. In case you do not ever visit us, I will post the words here:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Happy New Years everyone!