Determination (noun): perseverance, resolution, conviction
As mentioned here, I am spreading out my New Years' Resolutions over the entire year! I am going to be planning one resolution/goal for each month of the year (knowing that some flexibility will most likely be needed). Here is my list so far:
January: Have an Organized Apartment (thanks in great part to The 444 Plan.)
February: Update Photos/Scrapbooks
March: Learn to Make Memories (and begin making some!)
April: Spring Cleaning
May: Celebrate and Update Apartment for my Apartment-versary!
June: Mid-Year Review
July: Mine and Doug's Anniversary! Where are we now?
August: Vacation -- taking a break to enjoy life ;)
September: Clothing Control
October: School/Job Plans after Graduation
November: Curves-iversary! Health goals for another year
December: Holidays -- decorating, baking, parties, presents!
While a few of these a self-explanatory, many are a bit vague because they are things I don't know about now. Example: Maybe by October I will have some idea of my plans after graduation. While these are some "project goals" for the New Year, I do have a set of personal "2 degree" goals that are a part of my everyday life.
Reading. Every year I try to read more books. While I have not come up with a fool-proof way to track my progress, I do try to read as much as possible. Currently, there are 350+ books on my reading list (and it's still growing). I read roughly 2 books a week (1-2 during school and about 4 during breaks and summer), so I would love to read 100 books this year, half of which being books I have not read before (or honestly don't remember since I read them in Middle School). I am going to try to keep an updated Reading List here on my blog (list newest read to oldest) to track my progress! The new books I read will be marked (with a **); maybe I'll post some book summaries/reviews for those of you who are looking for more books to read!
Cooking. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love to cook. Every year I try to cook new recipes and try new foods. For 2012, I am particularly interested in trying more slow-cooker meals since I have rarely used my slow-cooker this year. I am also going to try to make my own take-out a lot more this year since both Doug and I love Chinese, Japanese, Thai, etc ;) I will also be listing new recipes I try on the side-bar with a link to the recipe if possible.
Health/Weight. Instead of waiting for 2012 to hit, I started going to Curves around Thanksgiving. After a month, my clothes feel looser, I have more energy during the week, and I can notice definition in my muscles. When I signed up for Curves I had a weight goal in mind already, what I call my "senior" weight. This is how much I weighed when I finished High School and started College. Right now, I have about 30 lbs to go to hit that weight, which is my one-year Curves goal. My overall goal is to get down to my "freshmen" weight which is what I weighed when I finished my first year of college (about 20-25 lbs more). While hitting those "magic numbers" are great for a lot of people, I also want to make sure I am healthy. Doug and I have been trying to eat healthier since we got married (mostly by adding more water and veggies and by cutting fast food and sodas). With my Curves foundation, I really want to start walking, jogging, and running in the Spring!
Anyways! I hope some of these goals and ideas inspire you to begin making changes for 2012, and I can't wait to see where the New Year takes us ;)