Today I woke up with the wheels in my head turning at an alarming rate. It is January 1, 2017 and there is so much hope and expectation for a better year. In reality, today is just another day in the book of my life, and all of my problems and worries from 2016 won’t just magically vanish because of this new calendar year.
Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.
I don’t know about you, but that is frightening! There is good news though…you can help prevent heart disease by managing blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing blood sugar, getting active, eating better, and losing weight. This year, I will become the healthiest version of myself!
6. Love my husband better. I don’t mean to brag, but my husband is the best person that I know, and the one that reminds me the most of Jesus. He is not without faults, but I admire the way he deals with adversity, his wisdom, and his self-control. Since meeting him, he has made me want to be a better person, and in turn I want to love him better. Not that I don’t love him well now, but I know I can improve. This year, I will love my husband better through my prayers, words, and actions.
8. Write more. Writing makes me happy and helps declutter my thoughts, but I do not make enough time for it. Whether it is on this blog or in my journal, I will write more.
9. Read more. I love reading but don’t do it nearly enough. I start a book and rarely finish, but this year I will start and finish 1 book per month.
10. Book a wedding in Italy. This one might throw you for a loop, but I work part-time as a wedding videographer. This is a business that my grandmother started in 1984, and something that I’ve been involved in since I was 12 years old. Since her passing in 2013, I’ve continued her legacy by naming my company in her honor. I never pictured myself doing this as my profession, but I enjoy it very much. The destination wedding industry is huge, and while I am booking up quickly for 2017 SC, NC, and GA weddings, I would be ecstatic to book a wedding in my adoptive homeland. (Don’t worry, I haven’t just tossed this thought out, fingers crossed, hoping it’ll happen. I’m actually doing something to make it happen…stay tuned for my details later). In 2017, I will book a wedding in Italy.