Every year I make a New Years resolution but forget about it within the first week… Why? Because I made a resolution just for the heck of making a resolution and that’s what people do for a New Year. This year is different. This year, I have created three goals that I will accomplish by December 31, 2012.
1. Listen to my body.
I have always lived an active and healthy lifestyle but since I was diagnosed with Lupus in college, I have begun to realize how important it is to take care of myself. Although I consume a healthy diet, go to the gym on a daily basis, and often go to bed by 9PM there are things that I can improve upon such sleep and accepting that not everything is in my control. In 2012, I will truly listen to my body and feed it what it needs in regards to food, fitness, and relaxation.
-Attend at least 1 fitness class a week.
-Take time to rest when I am exhausted or sick.
-Don’t sweat the small stuff.
2. Save money.
I am fortunate that I got a job immediately after graduation in May [teaching special education], but unfortunately teaching isn’t a millions-making profession. I still want to enjoy some of my favorite luxuries like shopping, getting my nails done, seeing a movie, going out to eat, and traveling, but there are definitely ways that I can still enjoy those things and save money. For example, I don’t need to buy a new dress for a special occasion; rather, I can buy a new necklace to accessorize a dress I already have. I don’t need to get my nails done every other week; rather, I can go once a month with my momma or a girlfriend and relax with good company. In 2012, I will become more frugal about how I spend my money and make the most of the things that I already have.
-Wait and shop sales.
-Buy what I need, not what I want.
3. Train Charlie.
I couldn’t be happier having a new puppy. The first few days have been filled with tons of playing, cuddling, a couple of accidents, and lots of laughs. We don’t expect the first year to be easy and are ready for the challenge. In 2012, Ryan and I will make the effort and take the time to train Charlie.
-To recognize his name and to come on command.
-To sleep soundly throughout the night in his bed.
“Crystallize your goals. Make a plan for achieving them and set yourself a deadline. Then, with supreme confidence, determination and disregard for obstacles and other people’s criticisms, carry out your plan.” ~ Paul Meyer
“If you have a goal in life that takes a lot of energy, that requires a lot of work, that incurs a great deal of interest and that is a challenge to you, you will always look forward to waking up to see what the new day brings.” ~ Susan Polis Schultz
“Goals are dreams with deadlines.” ~ Diana Scharf Hunt
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