Happy New Year’s Eve!
Even though my Northwestern Wildcats lost to the Texas A&M Aggies (final score 33-22, with an attempted 4th quarter comeback), we are still all smiles in Arizona on the last day of 2011.
The delicious blueberry Belgian waffles made by Mama Bender might have something to do with it.
But beyond the waffles, I’m smiling because the last day of every year gives me a surge of optimism. Sure, the past 365 days have had their fair share of ups and downs – it has, by definition, been a true “roller coaster” of a year – but in less than 12 hours, there is a chance to start fresh, begin anew and embark on the 2012 journey.
In past years (2010, 2009, 2008), I’ve taken a look back at all of the posts, pictures and major life events that have defined who I am and how I’ve grown since January. It’s a fun way to reflect and, in all honesty, laugh about the laundry list of resolutions I felt so sure I would accomplish, only to have them drop off by the first of February, if not sooner.
For 2012, I’m approaching things a bit differently. Rather than recap the highlights – though if forced to choose, meeting my nieces, Caroline, Kelly and Claire, would automatically be at the top of my list – I am looking forward. There are
resolutions goals I am looking to accomplish, not overnight, but over the course of the next 12 months. And since I’m a big fan of lists, I’m including them here.
12 Goals For 2012
- Get at least 7.5 hours of sleep every night, and establish a regular bedtime.
- Be active for at least 30 minutes every day – even (and especially!) during the winter.
- Create a “gratitude list” journal to be filled out before bed every night.
- Train and complete two half marathons – one in the spring and one in the fall.
- Take a minimum of one day per month to go completely “offline” – no computer, no T.V., etc.
- Make an effort to cook better dinners on weeknights, rather than just saving them for weekends.
- Dedicate more workout hours to strength training – specifically arm exercises.
- Spend at least 10-15 minutes of every morning reading and catching up on current events.
- Explore with my brother to figure out “what’s next” after his high school graduation in May.
- (Finally) take my mom on a girl’s weekend trip of her choice. It’s long deserved and overdue.
- Eat more produce. It sounds easy, but this is one of the most lacking parts of my diet.
- Become a published writer, whether in print, online or – fingers crossed – with a book of my own.
I am a firm believer that putting goals down on the proverbial paper is the fastest way to motivate and make them a reality. It’s going to be an exciting year, full of new experiences and half-full glasses.
I wish the same for all of you.
Hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve! What are your plans for tonight?
“See” you next year!