Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2014 has lots of great things in store. I decided to start my blogging year with a review of the resolutions I made last January right here. For the first 10 days of January in 2013 I made 10 resolutions for the year on my blog and called it the resolution challenge. It was the beginning of a lot of changes for me both on this blog and in my life. I have written more frequently, honestly, and earnestly than ever before and it has been wonderful in a myriad of ways. I was also inspired to make real, lasting changes in my life for the first time in quite awhile. So here I will run down those resolutions and how it’s gone for anyone who might be interested.
While 2013 brought me the sad news that I cannot run anymore, it also led me to a much deeper and committed yoga practice. I have been practicing for over six years now, but this year was a huge transformation for me. It has changed me physically, mentally, and spiritually. It has made me a better person overall and I think it’s something that will forever be a part of my life.
This is something that will probably be a resolution each year until I die, but this year I made some serious progress. I think this is mostly due to yoga and partly due to my therapist and also somewhat attributable to just making a promise to myself to try.
I think this has been a success! The husband and I have taken advantage of all of the time available to us. We made an effort to just have fun with each other until the effort was no longer necessary. It’s a good thing.
You can read my full thoughts on yelling here. But overall, I do think that I yell much, much less than I once did. Again you can thank yoga and my therapist and add more quality time with my husband and you’ve got a recipe for a less angry and impatient mommy. Also, 5-6 seem to be much easier for both Brady and I than 3-4 were. Wow were those years rough. Still have them to look forward to with Declan. Yay.
Ok, so I didn’t post anything on here. But I did write. I wrote more this year than I have in all the years since I graduated college. I completed not one, but three, polished stories and submitted two of them for publication. Of course I’ve already gotten one rejection letter and the other is forthcoming, but I did it. I did it and it felt great. I remembered a part of who I am that I thought I had lost forever and that is absolutely priceless.
This one might not have gone so well. I still feel insufficient and subordinate compared to those around me at times. I’m working on it. Let’s just roll this one forward into 2014.
Have I mentioned how great yoga is? I have? Well, again, this is an area that yoga has helped with immensely. I am learning. Anxiety will never really let me be free, but I have made strides. The fact that I can ever let go is kind of amazing. I’ve come a long way and I have more work to do.
I hope I’ve done well with this. I’ve connected with a lot of new bloggers, even as old ones disappear. Check out my Blog of the Year post to see my faves.
Ugh. This has not been the best. I still make a huge effort to be sure that less than half the waste that leaves my apartment goes down the trash chute. The composting hasn’t gone all that well. It’s only once a week and I because I have been cooking more, I have less room to store future compost material. I’ll try again. I swear I will.
I did not. This year has been so transformative for me in so many ways and I don’t think I even realized it until I sat down and looked back at these resolutions. Maybe that’s a good reason to make them. I’m going to continue to work on these and maybe come up with a few more. We’ll see. But this was certainly an exercise worth going through.
How do you feel about resolutions? Has it worked out for you?