In January of this year, I blogged my 2013 resolutions, which included the following good intentions:
- Engage in some form of physical every day – even if only for 10 minutes. Anything is better than no activity at all.
- Write something every day – a blog post; the start of a poem or a few pages of a story; a letter to family or friends far away. I do not need to wait for November to write creatively and I do not need to wait for the right time to write.
- Resume my daily photography habit. In 2012 and 2011, I participated in Project 365. Last year, I completely abandoned the activity but it is something I enjoy – especially when I can look back through the photographs for the year. I started today.
- Return to and maintain my goal weight by fully participating in Weight Watchers – especially resuming portion control and tracking.
- Find my happy – I need to discover the opportunities in obstacles and approach everything I do with both humility and humor. Life is too short to be crabby and frowning gives you wrinkles.
- Balance my professional and personal life. I need to protect time in my schedule to honor things important to me – including physical activity, writing, and photography. I know that if I do not nurture and care for myself, I will have nothing to give to others.
- Connect with my community. I’ve lived in Sacramento for over a year and other than a few people at the gym who I talk with during Pilates or Zumba, I have not explored the area nor made friends locally. I want to become more involved in the vibrant arts community this year.
So how did I do?
While ample room for improvement exists, I’m happy to report I made progress on all of the resolutions. Even if the progress was small, it was still forward motion and cause for celebration – at least in my opinion.
So, here’s a progress report, of sorts.
Daily Physical Activity
While I didn’t make it to the gym every day in 2013, I made progress here. Unfortunately, when I fractured my foot in early March I was out of commission for weeks – no Zumba, no Pilates, no walking the doodles…and I feel like even though my foot healed, maybe my momentum took longer to recharge.
Daily Writing Practice
Another area prime for improvement; I did not meet my goal of posting every day. While I write every day as part of my job, the intent of this goal was to engage in more creative pursuits – whether fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, even writing a letter to a friend. November was my most active writing month because I participated in NaNoWriMo again this year.
This was probably my biggest success, although I fell off the Project 365 wagon. Some days I took hundreds of photos; others, not a one. 2014 is another chance to get it right and have a visual journal of the year by December 31st.
Regain and Maintain Goal Weight
This goal is closely tied to physical activity, but it is also tied to making healthy choices – not only in what I eat, but also how much. Feeling blue is not good for my weight (and other things – frowns give you wrinkles), so I’m re-committing myself to this goal in 2014. I was the best weight, health, and shape of my life when I moved to California – it is time to get back to it – no excuses.
Find my Happy
This is a big resolution for me and one I plan to keep working until my time’s up. I know that my happiness is my responsibility and that while I want to share my happiness with others, it is imperative that I find and nurture my happiness on my own. The biggest lesson I need to learn is that happiness is a choice – and I need to choose it constantly and consistently. No more sulking.
This resolution needs work (pun intended). I have a great job and a wonderful team – I never want to let anyone down or leave anything undone. The truth is, though, that I can do better if I compartmentalize, prioritize, and re-energize. If I don’t take care of myself, I won’t do my colleagues any good. I know my job is not a 40-hour a week gig; but I need to balance things better so that I have the energy, stamina, and presence of mind to make good decisions and provide support when needed.
Being introverted, this was a stretch resolution I’ve joined a few meet-up groups and have attended events. I’ve reached to a friend from high-school who lives nearby and we’ve enjoyed several theatrical performances. And, I’ve begun to make connections with others in the area with similar interests.
I also keep encouraging friends and family back in Michigan to come visit. I miss my people desperately – and I have plenty of room for visitors. [YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE! JUST COME VISIT – THEN I CAN STOP WRITING MY INVITATIONS IN ALL CAPS!] There is much work left on this goal, but I feel I’m up to the task and I can be very, very persuasive when needed.
I know I need to think about resolutions for 2014, but I feel like these resolutions still resonate with me. Perhaps 2014 will be the year of try, try again!