Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Recap: New Year's Resolutions 2013

To recap: last year, I resolved that 2013 would be my year.

With my 24th birthday looming, and my always ready list of 101 things to do in 1001 days, I kept it general.

I vowed to

[one] become a real person
I think this one is a work in progress but I finally think that's okay. My sleeping patterns are slowly improving, although SOME would probably disagree with me. I'm working out on average 4-5 days a week and finally realizing how much working out helps in other aspects of my life, i.e. stress levels, I'm drinking less alcohol and more water, commuting via public transit and really learning what does and does not work for me.

I read an article the other day that essentially said that in your 20s you aren't supposed to have it all together and I think they should tell more people. 

[two] communicate more/better
On this one, I am giving myself a B. In someways, yes I've gotten better at this. But in other ways not so much. As I also learn in my relationships what does and does not work for me, I realize how much keeping in touch with people goes a long way. But I also realized how much harder it gets with time. The more time you've spent on this crazy planet of ours, the more friends you've made and the more people to keep up with. So I go through spurts here, even neglecting my very best friends who live so close at times. It's still a struggle.

But, I take solace in knowing that the best of friendships can always pick up where you last left off. 

[three] learn to relax more efficiently
Again, some people may have never realized this was a challenge I face, while others would have no idea what I'm even talking about: relax efficiently? This, however, is something I think I've improved at. I've learned to enjoy the quiet of doing nothing, of recognizing that you need time for relaxation and spending time with yourself or a good book, or a great yoga instructor. 

[four] take more chances
While I'm not sure that I've taken many risks, I am sure I've taken more chances. I've put myself out there, learned to trust my instincts and did what felt right. Whether it was standing up for something I believed in, simply saying no to an invitation or having lunch with a stranger, I'd say all of these chances have all worked themselves out.

Things usually do have a way of working themselves out in the end.

[five] knock off at least 25 things on my 101 list
Does 21 count? In 2013, I: redesigned my blog with Danielle Moss, Second Birthday Cards to friends and family, Made Green Beans, Corn, Potato and Salad from The Green City Farmers Market, Learned to curl my hair, and like it curly, went on vacation to St. Maarten with the family, do a whole lotta cleaning, had a picnic at Ravinia for the Goo Goo Dolls concert, pretty much kicked butt at blogging regularly, learned to roast a chicken, which by the way was a hilarious but utterly delicious venture for all involved, completed a color fun, learned to roll my own sushi at Koi, dropped a ski waterskiing, without falling, got dressed for OOTD pics, which I know I've been failing at, got a blow out, just because and treated myself to flowers. Apparently, I also mastered the insanely long sentence.

I would LOVE to hear what your 2013 New Year's Resolutions were. Leave a comment and tell me what you accomplished this year!

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