1.01.2013

Resolutions Revisited

Wishing everyone a healthy, happy, prosperous New Year [Pic Source]
Last year I was not very ambitious when it came to making New Year's resolutions.  I had an amazing 2010 where I had the wedding I always wanted, bought a house, went to Hawaii for my honeymoon and got a promotion at work.  I was still basking in the joy of 2010 and settling into everything by the time the end of 2011 rolled around!  I was rebounding from a very expensive and financially stressful 2010 but by then I was feeling good about finances as an individual and as a couple.  I had stuck with the gym marking a year of consistency after going through a pretty long I refuse to work out phase.  I was in such a good place that I wasn't wanting for much more then I already had so I only focused on three.  Having so few can either better my odds of success since there weren't that many to begin with or make me look like a total fail if I don't complete every single one.

2012 Resolutions:
1. Write a book!  SUCCESS
Well sort of.   I had never told anyone that I wanted to write a book so I put it out into the universe for the first time last year with the goal of writing 15 pages per month for the entire year.  How did I do?  There were 3 months out of the year where I failed miserably and wrote nothing because of school and then because my brain was still in la la land after we got back from Europe.  Other then that I almost met my goal.  I went from 27 pages and 6,800 words to 188 pages and 45,104 words over the course of the year.  When you do the math that's about 13 pages per month.  I consider it a success because I've come so far with it.  If I keep up the pace I will finish it by the end of 2013.  I'll probably still have a lot of fine tuning and editing to do but the bulk of it will be done.

2. Learn Spanish with Rosetta Stone. TOTAL FAIL
I planned to pick it up again after I finished my classes but that never happened.  I found that when I had extra time I wanted to devote it to writing and there just didn't seem like there was too much extra time after that.  I got far enough before to earn a certificate and I actually liked it so I know I can do it again once I really set my mind to it.  I'm filing this away as something I definitely plan to do but just haven't decided on when!

3. Get cooking.  SUCCESS
My goal was to keep it on my radar as something I need to do and get in there and do it.  I made no commitment about how often.  I'm going to count this as a success because that's exactly what I did.  I made an effort and I got in the kitchen and cooked.  Not with any regularity and there were some major gaps in between at times but for me that is better then not doing anything at all.  I think I've also come to  a realization about cooking.  It's not me and it may never be me.  My husband enjoys it and he's a hell of a lot better at it then me so why not just let that be his thing?  Whey beat myself up over it and feel like a terrible wife just because it's not something that I'm going to do that often?  We each bring something different to the table.  I clean and do laundry, he cooks and maybe that's okay.  I'm still going to make the effort to get in there because I think it's a nice thing to do for him but I need to stop feeling so guilty about not doing it a lot.

Two out of three is 66%.  Bleh!  So what about this year?  I'm not making any resolutions!  I just want to finish my book and that will be good enough for me.  And it's not like there aren't other things I want to do but even being the list maker that I am I'm not feeling the need to list them out this year.

Our NYE was very low key as usual.  We went to a gathering at friends house for dinner and then came back home a few hours before midnight.  We watched a countdown show, shared a big smootch and promptly fell asleep on the couch until about 2am.  I'm spending New Year's day relaxing at home and doing laundry.   I'm currently watching a Catfish marathon on MTV.  I DO NOT want to go back to work!  These 12 days off and getting to spend so much time with Mj have been great.  Pity it has to end.


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16 comments :

Whitney said...

I am excited that you have so much done for your book, that's a huge accomplishment! And I agree about the cooking, it is ok for that to be MJ's thing and stop beating yourself up over it! If you don't enjoy something there's no point in trying to make yourself do it, ya know? I told myself I wanted to learn Italian with Rosetta Stone, I literally did it for 1 day and haven't since lol!

ruthy ann said...

sooooooooo....what's the book about?! how exciting!

Mrs HoneyBun said...

A book!! How exciting! Stick with. You will finish soon.

Janna Renee said...

I think it's amazing that you have so much written. My hat is off to you! Happy New Year!!

The Happy Homeowner said...

Wow--that's pretty incredible progress on the book! Good luck in 2013 :)

Kim Jackson said...

What I like most about this post is that you recognize your strengths, know your desires, and are okay with defining how your year will look outside of what the "expectations" are. That seems like a win to me!

Miss MP said...

Your book progress is impressive. Can't wait to hear more about it. -Kelly

Jessica said...

Congrats on the progress of your book! That is wonderful!

As for cooking... no worries there! My hubby enjoys cooking much more than I do. I don't have the patience for it. If anything, I prefer baking.

Hope you had a good day!

Deidre said...

I think that much progress on your book is INCREDIBLE! Like seriously incredible.

I don't really have any resolutions for this year either...yet. maybe i will.

Faith said...

That is so great to read about your book! So exciting!!

As for the cooking, you have a hubby who knows how to cook and enjoys doing it. So I wouldn't worry about it :)

Happy New Year!

Jasmine HellogmSunshine said...

You are writing a book?! Thats amazing. I keep saying that I want to do that- Kudos. Thanks for stopping by as always!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

I agree you did much better than most:-)

Dani @ OKDani.com said...

Happy New Year!!!
Hey 66% aint so bad!!!
Congrats on the book, I can't wait to read it...

Ameena said...

So impressed by your book! Talk about amazing progress. Happy New Year to you!

The Crying Cook said...

Congrats on the book and your blog design is great!

toi said...

congrats on the book

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