I figured out how to infiltrate the Good Ol’ Boys Club.
LOL. Don’t you just love this winter hat? I never know what’s going to come in the mail.
Or in this case, a TeaMo.
I used to approach New Year’s Resolutions by creating goals to address the areas in my life where I felt I was lacking.
1. I’ll spend my money wisely.
2. I’ll lose weight.
3. I’ll exercise more.
4. I’ll stop eating fast food.
The biggest problems with these resolutions are they can’t really be measured, and they don’t allow any room to be human. Besides, looking at my perceived flaws was a downer, and it was even more depressing when I broke one of my resolutions.
It wasn’t until I started working for my current employer that I began to look at things differently. Part of our evaluation and raise process involves a self-evaluation which begins with listing all the things we accomplished over the last year. Were we involved in a task force to improve communication? Did we complete all of our continuing education? Did we take on additional responsibilities? I always find I have trouble remembering what I did at first, but once I start reflecting on the year, many things come back to me. It’s a great feeling reading over the list of things I did well or new challenges I took on.
After reviewing our accomplishments, we are asked to look at what goals we have for the coming year. This seems like such a better system, because it helps me to be specific about what I want to do with my year, and it puts me in a better frame of mind.
Here are just a few things I feel went well this year:
* I met all of my deadlines for my publisher.
* I joined Goodreads and learned a little more about it.
* I met some really great people on Twitter and Facebook.
* I attended RWA in New York.
* I wrote a short story that I love for a Christmas anthology.
* We had all of the kids’ school supplies two weeks before school started.
* We had black pants ready for our son’s orchestra concert. (No running out same day to buy a pair.)
* I saved up all year for Christmas presents, so it wasn’t a financial strain.
* I baked Christmas cookies with my daughter.
* I took time off from writing to spend quality time with my family during the holidays.
* I bought a planner three weeks before the New Year, which I need for work. I use my iPhone for family stuff.
* Everyone in the family has been vaccinated against the flu.
* I regularly attend pilates reformer classes and my shoulder pain is gone!!!
* Skyped with my high school girlfriends and reconnected with them.
These may seem like small things, but they have made my life easier and/or more enjoyable over the last year. And it’s because of these small accomplishments that I’m feeling more confident about 2012 and the bigger challenges that lay ahead. I wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.
Samantha, Lady Whimsy
What are your thoughts on New Year’s Resolutions? What are some things that went well for you this year?