Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Breath of 2012 Air: Fresh and Excuse-Free.

2012 is here!

I have high hopes for this year. I intend to make this New Year the fresh start I so desperately needed. But then again, it's also another opportunity to build on the path I've begun to pave for myself. I guess this year can be both simultaneously, because there's nothing wrong with a little complexity. After all, isn't complexity what makes us all who we are as people?

I typically don't care for New Year's resolutions. I feel that no one really takes them seriously. Too many people make resolutions for the new year just because they feel like they should, and aren't truly dedicated to making that resolution a reality. I am a firm believer that if you want to better yourself, you must truly want it and be willing to work hard to make the change happen. New Years resolutions don't really convey these ideas anymore, at least not to me. So instead, I've created a list of goals for myself, to be completed throughout this coming year. A goal is something I can stick to and work toward. A resolution would just be a rule I've laid down for myself, and I'd be much more likely to break a rule than a goal. So here is my list of goals.

This year, I will:
  • Start dancing again. I have danced all my life, but quit three years ago because I was broke and couldn't afford classes anymore. I've never gone back to it since... Until now!
  • Read more, without feeling guilty that I'm not cleaning/exercising/catching up on a TV show/etc.
  • Spend (much) less time on things that don't matter. For example: Facebook games. Those are OUT!
  • Establish a regular yoga routine. Starting the day off with a little bit of yoga helps me stay very cool, calm, and collected throughout the day. This year, I'm using that to my advantage!
  • Make more time for the small things in life. I will stop to smell the flowers.
  • Spend more time outdoors.
  • Stop hindering myself with the phrase, "I can't because..."
  • Finally write that book I've been dreaming about for so long.
  • Learn to play an instrument. Not sure which one yet, but I will decide very soon!
 I can honestly say that today has been one of the best day's I've had in a long time! I bit the bullet and started on things that I've been putting off for a long time, and I feel great. These are all things that I have wanted to do more of for a very long time, but didn't have the motivation to start. Today, I just woke up and begun checking off the list, and I will do the same tomorrow, too. I will keep going until these things become some sort of a routine, a habit, something I couldn't imagine not doing.

As a side note, I vow that from now on, when I think I need to make a change, the change will be made. I will not procrastinate, I will not make excuses for myself, I will just bite the bullet and DO IT! With this new year has come a new kind of motivation and determination I didn't know I had (don't ask me how I suddenly found it, I just did).

Welcome, 2012! I have a feeling you and I are going to get along really well...

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