New Year, New Resolutions.
Change is Hard.
Just like you, I am a work in progress.
Each year I choose a new area in my life to try to improve, create, or change. While I may not succeed every time (last year I wanted to write monthly letters to those I am closest to… I did increase the number of letters I sent, but I certainly was far from my goal of every single month. Oops!), I appreciate the time for reflection on the past year. I find it helpful to think about what I did right, could have done better, or “should” have attempted.
Yes, I recognize that I cannot do it all, but I cannot fight my Type A personality and will always strive to stretch my reach and do just a little more to continue to improve my efforts toward health and happiness.
This year, I have two goals.
Goal #1: Cook More.
When we are stretched thin and racing from one task to the next, I find it is far too easy to become stuck in a cooking rut – making the same meals over and over.
For me, 2011 may be the year that I crammed in more than any other year in my life! Between multiple jobs, grad school, wedding planning and just the daily hustle and bustle. While I do not have a single regret as I made each decision with excitement, I left myself with much less time than I would have liked to devote to our vegetable garden or dinner table and I am still looking forward to enjoying those things more this year - particularly in the food realm with my husband!
My goal is to cook one new meal each month. Perhaps not the most strenuous goal, but one that is measurable and achievable – and hopefully one that will inspire even more meals!
Goal #2: Give More.
The other goal I have for 2011 is to overcome my selfish tendencies. Yikes. That is a difficult one to admit, but I can still be selfish about certain things… Shameful, I know! I am a thousand times improved since I was a child, yet when someone asks for something or rather takes something, my initial feeling is, “MINE”!
Although I usually manage to stifle my inner voice and hand over the last apple, bag of tea, favorite recipe, or (insert anything that you tend to cling to here…) whatever with a smile, I would love to be able to erase that initial negative and give as my mother does. Devoting countless hours to those in her life and dropping everything to do just that, my mom is the most generous and selfless person I know. She is truly my role-model!
It has been difficult for me to create a measurement to accommodate this goal; I have decided that it can only help to give more of my self by volunteering more. I am hoping that by working with people who have less material things will help me to become more cognizant of how insignificant and artificial these material goods are. Turning my focus to what truly matters in our lives: family, friends, happiness, and health.
Cheers to Health and Hope!
Though I believe they will still be difficult to achieve, I hope that by sharing my resolutions, I'll have the inspiration I need to keep myself accountable!
What goals do YOU have for 2012?
Perhaps we can help hold one another responsible for our wishes for change in the coming year. Isn’t that what our healthy community here at HelloLife is all about?
Best wishes to each one of you for 2012! I hope that the year brings greater health and happiness into your lives.