I’m terrible at New Year’s Resolutions, just like basically everyone else on the planet. This is probably due to the combination of 1. not really putting a lot of effort into what I’m resolving to do (work out more! stop snacking so poorly! be…better in general!) and 2. putting ridiculous parameters on those goals (don’t just work out – do 3 different types of classes every week no matter how tired you are! buy super organic specially made and probably way-too-expensive snacks).
Enter my early January discovery of Lara Casey’s Making Things Happen in 2013 posts. (I linked to her most recent MTH post about Encouraging Others, and at the bottom of THAT post she links to all of the Making Things Happen posts from this year so they’re easy to find!)
I started a few days behind good ol’ January 1, but I’m LOVING the motivation her posts have given me to get my butt into gear this year (and not just exercise-wise, as the above examples may indicate). The basic premise is to help you come up with actionable goals instead of “resolutions”. I really like that a lot of the early “steps” involve a lot of reflection and writing out what did and didn’t work before, and there’s also a lot of WHY you want to change or continue on with different goals. And all of that is before you even START doing things.
Needless to say it’s taken me a little bit to get sorted out and organized -holy cow did the CLEARING THE CLUTTER step take me AGES since I’ve been a clutter bug for basically most of my life – but I’ve slowly started to work on more of the DOING stages of 2013. That includes working more on this poor, neglected little blog of mine (if anyone at all has stuck with me you’ll notice a few aesthetic changes, with hopefully some more tweaks down the line).
To help stay organized this year/keep better track of my goals, I also indulged in a bit of a nerdy splurge – Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner!
I’m really trying to be more proactive and excited to try some new things this year and make myself a little bit better. I’ve definitely taken “progress not perfection” to heart and am trying to stop being so in my head and get out in some new adventures this year!
Here’s hoping to staying on this bandwagon throughout the year, and not tumbling off in like…a month 😉