Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Guess what I did to ring in the New Year! I went to bed around 10pm and then wanted to kill myself as every neighbor in a mile radius was blowing off ridiculously loud fireworks between then and roughly 12:15am. You could say I'm lame. Or that I really enjoy sleeping. Either way I don't regret the evening.

The New Year always makes me think of the things I did the year before, what I accomplished, how much things changed, etc. The cool thing is I could just look over my blog entries for reminders. But, for a quick recap I'll pick one thing for each month:

Jan: Chris threw me an epic fail of a surprise party, but the party turned out great!

Feb: Attempted to give up sugar for lent

Mar: Decided to move to Hawaii

Apr: Visited my family in Georgia, spent my first (and hopefully only) week away from Chris

May: Moved to Hawaii

June: Started work at The Tram at Hanauma Bay

July: Redid my dresser

Aug: Started my internship at Hawaii News Now

Sept: Celebrated three years of knowing my husband and got to see pictures of our BFFs new baby

Oct: Had a blast making a haunted house with the young women and looked awesome as Barbie

Nov: Got to work election night at Hawaii News Now

Dec: Finished my internship and had a hot, quiet Hawaiian Christmas

At the very start of last year, I made a huge long list of resolutions that I wanted to work on completing by the end of the year. I was so set on it, that I started a whole separate blog in hopes that I would update it on a daily basis and keep up with my goals. Well I stopped updating that blog regularly right around March. But I did work hard all year to try and stick to my goals.

Here they are, let's see how many I accomplished:

  • Lose 15 lbs
  • Exercise 5 days a week
  • Take advantage of all opportunities to exercise
  • Stick to my meal plan
    • >1250 Calories a day
  • Increase my flexibility
    • All 3 splits
  • Complete a 5k
  • Complete a 10k
  • Complete a half marathon
  • Give up refined sugar for lent
    • February 22- April 5
  • Turn in my assignments on time
  • Stay organized with when assignments are due
  • Start on big assignments early
  • Schedule time for homework
  • Don’t procrastinate
  • Develop a desire to learn the things I’m studying
  • Study on a regular basis instead of cramming for exams
  • Have Family Home Evening every week
  • Have personal scripture study every day
  • Have family scripture study every day
  • Have personal prayer every morning and night
  • Have family prayer every morning  and night
  • Go to church every Sunday
    • Be on time to church
    • Exception: sickness or travel
  • Start planning Sunday School lessons the week before
  • Read Relief Society lessons beforehand
  • Do visiting teaching every month
  • Always keep house clean
    • One big cleaning task a day
  • Clean upstairs once a week when my landlady is in town
  • Update ‘Resolutions’ blog daily
  • Write in journal weekly
  • Don’t watch Netflix during the week.
  • Only watch my normal 7 shows each week
  • Stop biting nails
  • Stick to a budget

I told you it was a big list. And honestly, I didn't master ANY of the things on it. Except biting my nails. I stopped doing that. But I don't feel especially bad about not mastering any of the things on it. For a good long while I developed the habit of reading my scriptures and praying every night. But somewhere along the way I fell out of practice. 

I was exercising almost 5 days a week probably up until August. But I didn't lose 15 lbs or always stick to my meal plan or calorie goal. But you know what, the whole year I had these goals on my mind and I worked at doing them. I think the biggest problem with New Year's Resolutions is that people give them up by January or February. But I didn't. I didn't expect to master any of them, but I worked hard to try the whole year and for that, I'm proud of myself.

For the same reason, I don't think I'm going to make New Year's Resolutions this year. mainly because the goals I had last year are still goals I want to accomplish. Sure, some things have changed, but the basic things I would still like to instill in my everyday habits.

I wish everyone a Happy New Year and good luck on your own resolutions. But remember, sometimes if you call them goals and make a plan on how to do them, it makes them more doable. 

1 comment:

  1. New goal for 2013, learn correct usage of "through" versus "threw". J/K I only noticed because I noticed myself do the same thing on something recently.