Resolutions have always had sort of a negative connotation for me. I blogged about it in my first ever blog post and then again in my 2011 Goals (written in March mind you). Setting a resolution on Jan 1st has always seemed unrealistic to me, and this year it’s left me feeling pretty down on myself. I was thinking about everything I wanted to accomplish this year, and since I turn the big 3-0 this year, I felt even more overwrought with all of this things I haven’t accomplished yet.
I was feeling pretty down. So I thought I’d avoid writing this post. I started with checking my email. I got an email from Meetup titled “Unresolutions” with the body saying, “Resolutions are made to be broken. Try these instead.” I was intrigued. Once I clicked through it advertised some of their meetups as the opposite of resolutions. But not necessarily in a bad way. For instance, the first one said, “Cancel your gym membership. Join an Outdoor club meetup.” You can read them all here.
That got my wheels turning. But I still wanted to avoid this post. So then I checked on my 25 Days of Giving page, thinking I needed to update it with all of my days. Turns out I already did that – little win! But I still wanted to avoid this post. So I read through that page and I got to thinking, “Holy crap I really accomplished a lot!” But I don’t feel like I accomplished a lot.
So I thought instead of focusing solely on what I want to accomplish this year, I’d write out everything that I’m currently proud of doing and how I might tweak it in 2013.
- Healthy = Happy. I generally eat really healthy. By healthy I mean the majority of my meals are veggie-focused (even breakfast!). Nine times out of ten my meals are really good for me, and I have really high standards of what is good for me. I do extensive research on food and try to figure out super easy ways to incorporate everything into my diet. I take a daily probiotic and eat spinach EVERY DAY, usually twice a day. But I’m not perfect. And I get really down on myself on that one time out of ten that I’m not making healthy choices, when I should be patting myself on the back for those healthy choices I make nine times out of ten. But I digress, in 2013, I’d like to tweak my eating habits by keeping a food journal. The main reason is because even though I have a healthy diet, I’ve had some digestive issues in the past couple of years and I want to figure out what’s causing them.
- Snappy = Happy. I take a ton of photos. You all know I LOVE taking pictures. I love when people love my pictures. Every single picture on my sister’s family Christmas card this year was taken by me. Do you know how happy that makes me? And my Photo Friday posts have kept me on track with taking a ton more photos and posting them on here. But I take a quadrillion more pics than I actually post. And I don’t do ANYTHING with them. At least not for myself. Once in a blue moon I post them on Facebook. I haven’t even made a photobook or printed pictures for myself since 2008. That’s FIVE years people. Something has got to change. In 2013, I WILL make a photobook of at least 2012. I have already picked out all 745 pictures I want to use. So now I just have to make the book…
- Wordy = Happy. I don’t have to tell you all about my 25 days of consecutive blogging. Though I’ve avoided penning this post, I actually love writing. This blog helps me to write consistently, and y’all have to admit – I got better at doing it consistently last year! I’m fairly confident I’ll be able to keep my Bloggy Mcbloggerson skills fresh, but what I really want to do is write a book. Two books actually. I have several ideas for books, but over the past couple of years I’ve honed in on two that I want to pursue. One is a children’s book and I’m nearly done. The other is a novel, actually that sounds fancy – it’s really chick lit, but either way I’m ashamed to say I haven’t added any pages to it for more than a year. It might even be two years. In 2013, I’d like to focus on pursuing getting the children’s book published and then maybe get back to writing my chick lit.
- My Dog and Exercise = Happy. I do a pretty good job at taking care of a not-so-easy to care for dog. My dog is crazy. Just like people, he needs a certain amount of exercise in order to be healthy, happy, and less crazy. I walk him daily. At least 2 miles. And when I’m training for a race, he runs with me, up 5 miles. It’s all way better than I used to be. A few years back, we were trying to find a trainer to help with our dog’s craziness and I vividly remembering the potential trainer asking how much exercise he gets. I shrugged and said about a mile a day. She looked at me disgusted and told me that was not nearly enough exercise for him. I felt so guilty. Ever since, I’ve made a concerted effort to walk/run him daily at least 2 miles. But lately I’ve been slacking (ever since I was super congested from getting sick). I need to get back into a routine for 2013, and hopefully train for another race. A tired dog = a much happier household.
- Vacations = Way More than Happy. The past few years the hubs has been in new job after new job which equaled very little vacation time. The year before last he had two vacations days. FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR. So last year, when he actually had vacation time he was able to use, we went for it. We went to Florida, Colorado Springs and Rocky Mountain National Park, OC (twice!), the Poconos, hiked a part of the Appalachian Trail, and drove to Virgina, Tennessee, and Atlanta (hmm…I still owe you some posts) and I went to NYC one, two, three times! And it was awesome. We’re currently trying to figure out where we want to go in 2013. We know we want to do another big one but we’re not sure where. Suggestions are welcome!
So there are my sort of renovated resolutions or tweaked accomplishments from the past year. Don’t get me wrong, I have a ton more goals I’d like to accomplish but I’m also really happy with what I’ve done. Don’t forget to give yourself a pat on the back for your accomplishments if you start stressing about your resolutions. 2013 is going to be great, as long as you let it.