Based on what I’ve read on Twitter and Facebook, it seems as if my friends have decided that 2013 is their year of prosperity-their year of love-their year to get that dream job-their year to conquer a new goal-basically, it’s going to be their year. Apparently, great minds think alike, because that’s what I decided during the last week of 2012-that 2013 would be my year to do some wonderful, fantastical things that I had never done before.
I don’t do resolutions; I do goals. Resolutions are so easy to break and give up on. I feel that if we set goals, it’s more plausible for us, at least me, to stick with it. During the middle of last year, I made a vision board. While not all of my visions came to fruition, a few did. Honestly, the one that I am most proud of is running and training for this half-marathon. Yes, I may have waited until the end of the year, but the important thing is that I started.
I haven’t updated my vision board for 2013 yet, but that will be done by the end of the week. Some things will remain, but I will be adding a few new items. Want to know some of the goals I’ve set for myself this year? Check out below:
– Complete a half-marathon – While I may give Southern Cousin a lot of grief for making me sign up to do this, I’m glad she did. Through her encouragement and suggestion, I started something that I thoroughly enjoy.
– Become financially stable – While the end of 2011/beginning of 2012 was a little rough, I’m in a place where I can put a little aside and still have fun. I need to work on making a budget and sticking to it. I’m not the greatest money handler, but since I am 30, I need to get my life together and start behaving like an adult in ALL aspects of my life, even the ones I don’t really care for.
Lose weight Be healthy– No, I am not at my ideal weight, but as long as I continue to work out and eat right, I’ll see the numbers on the scale go down. Even though I have an idea of where I’d like to be, it doesn’t matter how much I lose. As long as I feel great and I’m in good health, that’s all that matters.
– Enter graduate school – No, I have not been as diligent as I should be with this goal, but I vow to do better. I have one school in mind, so if I don’t get in…actually, I’m not going to claim that. I WILL get in. For undergrad, I only wanted to go to one school, although I applied to 3. I was accepted by and went to my first choice. I know that the same thing will happen for grad school.
– Find a church home – For the past year and a half, I sporadically attended church. I’m not too proud of that. I know what I’m looking for in a church home. Some are reasonable; some are crazy, and I need to get out of my own head. Even if I don’t find a church home in the DMV, I am going to make a concerted effort to attend a church every Sunday. For a Southern girl that grew up going to church each Sunday, this is a big deal. I used to feel bad telling Southern Mom that I didn’t go to church when she would ask. Now, I’m sort of blase about it, which is a definite sign I need to be back in a place of worship.
Those are just a few of the goals I’ve set for myself in 2013. I have decided that this year I’m going to be fearless, self-assured, and a go-getter. 2013 has been deemed the Year of Elle. I’m going to do what makes me happy, what will benefit me, and what is going to make me a better person. Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!
- 2013 Resolutions (equalpartsofawhole.wordpress.com)