I feel like last year was my year of warming-up. I tried new things. I tested my limits. I learned that even though things might scare me, I am strong enough to confront them. Even if I try things and I fail at first, it is in my best interest to keep trying, and eventually I will succeed.
This is what I wrote on January 1st of last year:
At the end of each year in the past I used to frantically go around trying to finish things I started - make sure the dishes/laundry are done, cross of a few more errands on my list, etc. However, this year, it was different. I felt like 2011 was the end to a frantic and chaotic year ... and 2012 is the year that I'm going to be putting myself back together again and continue my journey moving forward - the title of my first blog post last July [July 2011]. This includes steadily working towards accomplishing each task that I have set for myself - not quickly rushing around to clean the house just before company comes over or going on a crash diet one week before a big event ... No. I've got to be consistent and persistent!! A lot of my resolutions for last year remain the same - lose weight, adopt a healthier lifestyle, spend more time with family/friends, and finish my PhD - so I don't have much to add or change when it comes to the resolutions for this year. However, what I do hope is different this year is the attitude/approach I take towards accomplishing these goals. The over-arching goal for me is to just let it go ... So that is my focus this year - letting go of bad/negative thoughts and emotions as well as the excess baggage I carry around my waistline and my house!! I hope that lightening this load will help me lighten the heaviness I feel in my heart more often than I should.
I feel great starting off this year knowing that I achieved last year's resolutions (though I could have spent a bit more time with family and friends). I learned many important lessons that have set me up to start 2013 in a very positive state of mind to move forward (still, still) and make this year even better than last. There are many things that I want to do this year, and I hope that with patience, practice, discipline, and determination I will be able to achieve them.
I have no specific goals for this year other than to continue on the path I'm on and strive to keep improving. I've joined the 13 in 13 challenge with Rebecca and Weight Wars and a whole bunch of other terrific bloggers and hope that it will help me stay on track through the year. My goals for 2013 will be in the next post.