January 2, 2012

resolutions.

How do you feel about resolutions? Do you make them? Share them? Ignore them? Do your resolutions tend to be similar year after year, or wildly different as time goes on? 

I'm definitely a resolution person—on January 1st, yes, but throughout the rest of the year, too. It's part of my past- and forward-thinking personality, I think, and I honestly can't quite imagine life without my daily lists of plans and goals. After all, isn't that sort of the point? To live and learn and refine the way you are, the way you experience life?

 On the back of an old postcard I've written out the main things I hope to keep in mind for the coming year, the big picture plans that involve everything from health to finance to love and work and, yes, wardrobe. In keeping with past traditions, I've also listed out mini resolutions for each month—tiny tweaks to everyday habits that will help me tackle the bigger goals.

Still, no matter how many little lists I write or how many commitments I make for 2012, I always try to remember that it's impossible to do and be and try everything. I may only half-accomplish some resolutions and entirely ignore others—(I'm looking at you, Cook at home five nights a week)—but that's okay. More than okay, actually, because the process of stepping back and recognizing what needs a bit of work is half the battle.

The rest, as they say, is a matter of simply putting one foot in front of the other.
... If only it was that simple, right?

Do you have any resolutions for 2012?

(Photo: My Flickr)

9 comments:

Nikskie said... [Reply to comment]

i'm not used to make resolution or whatever it is. but if i have one that i could think of for this year is that cut out the procrastinator seed inside of me and be more focus.

♥Abby said... [Reply to comment]

I make resolutions all of the time! Throughout the whole year, actually. I never make them for the New Year, because I know I won't stick to it.
I hope this year is just as great for you as last year was! :)

♥Abby

Caiti said... [Reply to comment]

I'm not 1 for resolutions because I've realized that priorities change...(probably why you make them throughout the year!)

But I do set intentions for the year.... This year's intention is love...it's something I would like to be more purposeful & intentional about, and I will explore the different expressions of it this year!

Laura Marie said... [Reply to comment]

@Caiti Wow, I love that! So beautiful.

Mish Mashh said... [Reply to comment]

I've made a few small manageable resolutions. I usually make them and forget about them but this year I want to try to fulfil at least some of them - like you i love a good list so i've written them down in the diary i keep. I started following your blog a while ago and i really looks forward to reading your posts! Happy new year :)

Ana Magdalena said... [Reply to comment]

I love setting up goals and following up throughout the year, so... yes, that makes me a resolution kind of person :)

Ria said... [Reply to comment]

I have a few resolutions this year, but most importantly I want to try and spend my time better and listen to people better.

Ariel said... [Reply to comment]

In the past, my resolutions were always things I wanted to change about things I didn't like about myself. I've realized that that's kind of a negative way to start the year. This year, I've decided to make no resolutions and to just see what happens. I guess my only goal, is, no matter what I'm doing, just be happy doing it. And find the beauty in each situation. More power to everyone with a series of goals for the new year, though! :)

toytulip said... [Reply to comment]

We are newlyweds, trying to make our own little traditions. One of the traditions we started last year, was to make our resolutions list and only open each other's the next year. It was actually a lot of fun ticking off the things that have accomplished and seeing what didn't make it or how our priorities and thinking have changed in one year!

Here's a peak to my list for 2012!

http://toytulip.blogspot.com/2011/12/new-year.html