Saturday, January 19, 2013

2013 New Year's Resolutions

The start of a new year, a time to reflect on your life and where you have been and where you are headed. A time to set some new year's resolutions, I have always love this tradition and have faithfully participated each year. Alas  I have also faithfully not meet or have given up on those goals. But I am determined that it will not happen this year. Hence why I am 19 days late in posting this blog, I have been giving my new year's resolutions a lot of thought. I really want to finally set some new year's goals and achieve them.

I have been thinking and thinking, what do I truly want to achieve this year, what areas in my life do I genuinely want to change. And then the most importantly, how do I do it.

When setting a goal I have been told many times to make sure they are S.M.A.R.T. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Specific. I really wanted to apply each of these principles to my goals so that I would be much closer to accomplishing them then if I didn't.  

The Time-specific and relevant parts were the easiest. 
Time Frame = One Year
Relevant = It's about Me 

It was the other areas, Specific, Measurable and Achievable which took more time to think about. 
I finally decided that I wanted to have a goal or two that would cover the following areas of my life. 

So I could try and maintain that life balance I am always striving for. (I will admit do have my good days and bad days when it comes to finding that balance.) 

Now I know that for some people these goals might seem simple but for me if I can continue these things for the whole year, I will be doing some thing amazing. And truth be told they maybe are fairly simple but with my track record when it comes to achieving my new year's resolutions I thought I better start small. 
I really just to feel more healthy. I want to be better at taking care of myself. So to achieve those feelings I have set the following goals. 

Goal One - Run on the treadmill at least 4 times a week. 
Goal Two - Cook a Vegan or Vegetarian meal a least  3 times a month 

I want to continue to learn new things and continue to develop the knowledge that I do have so with that desire in mind I have set the following goals. 

Goal One - Complete a 52 Week Photo Project
Goal Two - Complete 2 knitting projects (last year I made one thing so I thought this year I could make two items)
Goal Three - Complete 4 sewing projects (same thing as the last goal I made 3 last year, I'll do more this year)

This was the hardest area for me to set a goal. Mostly because I didn't really know how to create a S.M.A.R.T goal for where my thoughts and feelings were taking me. You see, upon reflection I felt that in 2012 I had  a lot of "I'll be happy when this or that happens" type of thoughts. I don't want to continue to think like that. I want to truly be happy with my life now as it is and not be always waiting for something to change or happen before I can be happy. So how do I create a smart goal for that? To be honest I still haven't really figured that out. But for now my goal is to acknowledge the wonderful things that are happening in my life and to be grateful for what I have now and to find happiness within me and not with things or events. 

I would love to hear what other have set for their new year's resolutions, so feel free to share in the comments. 


  1. Those sound like fantastic goals. I need to return those knitting needles to you that you lent me so that I don't obstruct you execution of a knitting project.

    I know what you mean about waiting for things to happen, perhaps a spiritual goal could be something that will make you happy you completed it a year later. Or perhaps you could close your eyes and imagine what you look like happy, then choose a goal to get you one step closer. Spiritual goals are so personal and very hard. Do you want to treat people kinder? Do you want to be closer to God? Do you want more peace and time for meditation? Good luck with deciding.

    For me I am trying to exercise 3-4X a week ( a walk, a run, and some yoga) I am also trying to speak kinder to my family, so I am reading books that will give me the information I need to do that. I know they aren't S.M.A.R.T. goals but they are enough to get me for now. I finished my first book How to Behave and Why a couple of days ago. It's a childrens book but it still counts.