Into the New Year

Although I am pressed for time (thank you multiple assignments due this week) I feel the need to ring in the new year, blog-style. I’ve been thinking about resolutions and my ambivalence towards making them. Perhaps you feel the same way “Why make a goal that I am likely to fail?” I’ve done the typical lose weight, quit smoking, cut back on this and that, start this, do more of that resolutions, but I find I don’t really stay on top of them enough to make a real go of any of these resolutions.

Why is it that I don’t follow-up on these plans for myself? Seriously….I don’t have an answer to this.

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

1) First and foremost, I think I would like to actually track the progress of following a resolution through to the end. How will I do this? I’m thinking about doing a weekly check in with myself to see how I’ve done. This will require a new diary/day planner and a spiffy pen – luckily I picked one of each up already.

2) Leave work at work. I work in the human service/care industry and at times it can be hard to leave certain situations at work. So I’d like to make a very conscious effort to leave behind people/names/scenarios/drama/politics of the workplace at my workplace and focus on enjoying the personal time I have with my loved ones as my sacred non-work life (pets included, they don’t need to hear this drama).

3) Find somewhere new to volunteer.

4) Do one good deed for a stranger 1x a week.

5) Get really good a derby skating!

I have a slew of other goals I thought about making resolutions, but I don’t want to crowd my 2012 resos. But just for kicks:

– I’d also really like to pay off some debt and build up my savings again

– Get the tattoo I’ve been thinking about for 2 years

– Give blood

– Start running

– Continue on the healthy path of ethical meat only and plenty of veggies

For New Years Eve, we have a couple of friends visiting, so the plan is to make some delicious appies, have some wine and perhaps bust out some Twister, Cranium or Monopoly while listening to some good music.
Wishing you all a very Happy and safe New Years and may a prosperous and positive 2012 lay ahead for everyone.

Cheers!
-SM

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9 responses to “Into the New Year

  1. Yeah it’s tough to keep New Years Resolutions. Less is definitely more though, and I always liked setting a lot of goals but when I narrowed my focus it helped me follow through with what I set. And it helps to think of making a life-change or habit-change rather than just a resolution because then it sends the message to you that this isn’t just a temporary endeavor. 2012 should be a good year though! 🙂

    • Most definitely. It’s funny how by using a different name/term for resolutions/goals etc. it changes the way we see them. Have you set any life-changes for this year? I also think that 2012 will be a good one 🙂

      • I’m thinking about focusing on independence this year for myself personally now that I’ve confronted shyness. I need to get used to driving more places and doing things like cooking and cleaning before I go away to college next year. 🙂 And I decided to give the good old exercise more, eat healthier thing a go again but see it as a life change this time. So far it’s been going great and I’ve been feeling awesome. I think this is a change that would be worth it and I’m just putting in 20 minutes a day so far and after that I end up wanting to eat healthy food anyway. 🙂 I think it would be fun to do a free hugs or free high five thing sometime, or a flash mob too. Those aren’t life changes but they are things I’d like to be a part of sometime for fun.

  2. How will you define being good at derby skating?

  3. Will do! I think I’m doing the written skills test this week YIKES! And starting as of this week 3x practices a week 🙂

  4. Sounds like a plan. I especially like #s 3 & 4. And about the tattoo plan? Wanna share the design? 😀

    All the best for you in 2012, Sarah Marie. Bring it on!

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