2012 New Year’s Resolutions – Reviewed
I made a pretty substantial list of resolutions for 2012. First of all, I was going into another new year single, which only bothered me because I now knew what kind of attributes in a man and that I didn’t want to date just to date anymore. But it was still optimistic. (And of course I’m so thankful for the time I spent single and figuring out what was important to me in a future spouse, and important characteristics in myself that I would want my husband to embrace. Spoiler alert: 2012 was a good year for the culmination of those things. J)
I’ll list my resolutions (that I had written on my mirror for a few months) and then put a little more explanation behind them:
-Join a gym or take a class
-Craft or paint once a month
-Have patience, but get up and make things happen
-Build on talents/find new ones
Okay so it was a little ambitious. Especially seeing how this year I haven’t really thought out my resolutions yet.
Self-image: During my marathon training I gained about 10 pounds. I wish I could say it was all muscle but I’m pretty sure the In-n-Out and other fast food I allowed myself to indulge in after a long run probably had something to do with that. But, regardless of weight loss/weight gain, I wanted to achieve a positive self-image and just love my body, no matter what. End result? I found (not surprisingly) that eating better makes me feel better. If I know that I’m putting good things into my body the scale will take care of itself. Also, not obsessing about a number really seems to help my overall self-image.
Join a gym or take a class: Again, post marathon training I wanted to stay active without dedicating all my time to running. I love having someone yell in my face as motivation for working out. Seriously, I take criticism well and I generally like having my ass kicked. J End result? I did Nike Training Club from February through August, 1912 minutes total. I also discovered Jamie Eason’s LifeFit Program, which was a real game-changer. I mixed in her workouts (mostly strength-training) with some running and loved how I felt! I still do a few of them at least once a week but for now I’m more focused on marathon training. I plan on either picking that back up or doing a boot camp class. Basically I found out that if I change up my workout plan every few months it keeps me interested and motivated.
Craft or paint once a month: Ugh. I love crafting. I love losing myself in something creative for a while. I just really wanted to set aside time once a month to be artsy. End result? Didn’t really do a lot of crafting. Merp. But I might add this one to the 2013 resolutions to make up for it. J
Be driven: I don’t really remember why I put this one. Ha. I think because around the holidays I feel lazy so I start the year off wanting to put the pedal to the metal. I also wasn’t entirely happy in my job at the time but I wanted to dedicate myself to doing my best no matter whether I liked it or not. End result: I found a new job by the end of the year. Hahaha.
LIVE: Again, don’t really know. That’s more “I’m single and live by myself with my cat”/New Year mentality. I did a lot of fun things this year. Not to mention I fell in love with my future husband. J
Have patience but get up and make things happen: I think this goes with the job again, have patience but take advantage of opportunities. The Pier 1 job basically fell in my lap and I went with it even though it was new, unfamiliar, and a little scary.
Build on talents/find new ones: More self-improvement… again more of a general statement. I don’t think I found any new talents but I think I built on my photography (lots of weddings!!) and I really tried to focus in on my spiritual gifts of faith and exhortation. With some sprinkling of trust and patience in God’s good and perfect timing.