i'm not one to make new year resolutions. i find it silly that so many people resolve to make a list of changes to their lives each year, just to abandon ship a few weeks (or in some cases even a few days) later. so, in the past i never took the time to write down a list of what i planned to do/change in the new year. instead, i have always made a loosely-structured mental list of goals for myself.
there were three big goals that i set for myself in 2012:
1. pass my doctoral defense
2. graduate with my Ph.D.
3. become healthier
i'm happy to say that i actually did those three things in the past year. i worked hard in doctoral school and persevered through some ridiculous challenges and obstacles. it all paid off in the end, and i am really proud of myself for completing it. however, working a desk job and being in doctoral school really took a tool on my body since i had little time to exercise and to eat healthy. after graduation, i made changes to my diet and to my daily routine, and i feel so much better because of those changes. while working at each of these three goals, i learned a lot about myself and really grew as a person.
now that it's january, it's time to reevaluate what my plans are for the new year. here are a few of my loosely-structured goals for 2013 . . .
continue to eat healthy: for a good part of 2012 i was busy writing my dissertation, which meant that there was little time to cook. often, i ate whatever was quick and easy so that i could get back to writing. after graduation, ryan and i made a conscious effort to eat much healthier than we did before. so, in 2013 i want to continue to eat healthy.
keep going to the gym: i have had a gym membership for years, but i only went every once in a while. since the summer, along with eating more healthy, ryan and i have been going to the gym regularly. i feel so much better and i have so much more energy. (i have actually lost 18 lbs. since july!) so, in 2013 i want to keep going to the gym and hopefully reach my goal weight.
shift my outlook: it is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life and to lose focus of what is really important. it's also easy to take certain things and people for granted. so, in 2013 i want to make a conscious effort to shift my outlook in order to be a bit more positive.
learn more about photography: i was lucky enough to get a digital slr camera as a graduation present from my family this past may. since then, i have been really interested in photography. i am far from a photography expert, but i do find it fascinating, so in 2013 i want to continue to learn more about my camera and about different types of photography.
continue blogging: this little blog of mine turned one year old this past october. when i started my blog, i didn't know how long i would stick with it, but it has really turned out to be something that i love and it is a great hobby for me. so, in 2013 i want to continue blogging.
have fun: it may sound silly, but sometimes life gets in the way of having fun and enjoying yourself. so, in 2013 i want to take time to enjoy myself and to have fun.
of course, there are a few other small goals on my list for 2013 too. but these are the main ones for this year.
what are your goals for 2013?