Friday, January 11, 2013

2012 Resolutions Recap!

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
-Be driven
-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.

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