After aiming to complete 12 goals in 2012, I'm approaching this year's goals knowing that I might not accomplishment all of them by year's end. I learned a lot last year, and one of those things is to allow myself some grace. I don't have to be perfect, I don't have to do everything, and that's ok. Trying really is half the battle, and as long as you put in some effort and show up again the next day to keep trying, you're doing a really good job.
1. Take more pictures.
Among other things, blogging has allowed me to rediscover how much I love to write. However, one of my original purposes of this blog was to have it serve as an online scrapbook of sorts, so while photography might not be my strongest talent, pictures are a must. And as of now, I'm seriously failing to remember to take pictures at family events, when I do crafts, or even if I just have a cute outfit on (I'd love to make a look book of outfits with my own clothes, so that choosing what to wear is easier in the morning!). Additionally, Mike & I were gifted a camera last year (in 2011) after Mike's dad got a new one, and I have yet to learn how to use it...and that's just shameful in-and-of-itself.
I will conquer the cleaning and laundry at some point in my life! If you missed it, check out the chart I created to keep us on track.
3. Remember blessings over trials.
I'm continuing this goal from 2012, but I'm expanding on the way I achieve this. I mentioned in this post that I might keep a gratitude journal with one thing I'm thankful for each day this year. I have indeed started that journal, and I'm loving it so far. I'm really looking forward to having 365 days worth of things that make me happy, proud, and grateful!
I've stated pretty regularly that I hope to start a business someday with my custom designs. I'm hoping to seriously invest time in researching the logistics of doing this, so that I can be smart in deciding when (and if) this dream will become a reality.
5. (Start to) Exercise
I don't exercise. I've never exercised. But post-college, since I don't have to walk to class/lunch/dinner/meetings/activities, any physical activity that was a part of my routine is gone. My goal is not to lose any weight, but instead gain some muscle and feel physically healthier. During the summer, it will be easier to walk the nearby neighborhoods (Mike & I did this a lot in the fall), but so far for the winter, I'm gonna be relying on Just Dance for the Wii. I'd also love to try some yoga too...beyond what is offered on Wii Fit...but still in the comfort of my own home. I'm all for exercising with other people, but I'm pretty sure I prefer not to have the audience of a whole gym when I exercise, thank-you.