I'm not quite ready to think about 2012, but am spending this week reflecting on 2011. So I'm curious, did anyone accomplish your New Year's Resolution(s) for this year?
ETA: In 2010 my resolution was to lower my grocery budget (the one area of our budget that still seemed flexible) and once I accomplished it, my 2011 resolution was to maintain that discipline, but also to track my spending for an entire year. With the help of a very organized Excel spreadsheet and my Type-A psychosis, I finished up the year with every week accounted for.
I got my resolution accomplised that I made that I have to get one of my writings(be it poem,article) published in a magazine and I got it.Not only one article but also three poems.
Notch, congratulations!!!! That is wonderful! I hope that you will be published again in 2012. :)
Every year I resolve to organize my desk- mostly my to be graded stack of papers. The stack seems to grow and take over my desk (and surrounding areas) in no time. At the beginning of each school year (and then again in January) I look at the desk and think to myself there has to be a better way to keep up with the papers. I also make myself promise to not let the stack get backed up. In addition to the stacks, I often put off till tomorrow what I should be doing today. January is when I remind myself it's better to get it done in the first place.
I had resolved to leave Maine and escape the snow shoveling by returning to California to be with my children in a location by the sea and out of the forest fire corridors. And, well, here I am. Sea. No snow. Children near at hand. No forest fires. YAY!! Double YAY!!
I met some of my goals; I earned a graduate certification in online teaching with a 4.0 GPA, and I hope that 2012 will see me finishing the rest of the coursework for my M.Ed. Getting a job at enotes addressed my goal of moving closer to working entirely online by the time retirement rolls around, and my earnings are helping to address next year's goal of replacing my not-so-reliable car. I also did a lot of hiking over the summer, which was a 2011 resolution I made as a gift to my dog.
On the flip side, my resolution to lose a few pounds not only didn't happen, but I actually gained weight in 2011 (in spite of the hiking!!!), so there's my 2012 resolution, pre-packaged.
Well, I am not a man who makes new year's resolutions, I am afraid, but think more in terms of goals and outcomes. I did very well in achieving my goals for working on enotes, sticking to answering a certain number of questions and discussion postings each day, which I am really pleased about.
On Dec. 31, I will read my last daily passage in my read-the-Bible-in-one-year resolution/desire/faith decision. I haven't decided exactly how I'm going to expand my study for next year, but there will be some sort of resolution to continue the reading and praying next year.
As new retirees, I am hoping 2012 will find my husband and I doing more traveling to new places as well as revisiting old favorites, with some of those trips happening at times that aren't available to teachers! Our trip last September introduced us to a whole new attitude toward vacationing!
I didn't make too many resolutions for 2011, but losing weight is always one. I accomplished this goal in 2011 and then some, dropping about 45 pounds. It's still my resolution for 2012--getting down to my high school weight of 232 lbs. It shouldn't be too tough if I stay active and watch what I eat--only 14 pounds to go. Another resolution is to save up enough money for another European trip--I haven't been in six years, and I'm dying to return to England and Holland and maybe a few new places.
A mixed bag. I did accomplish some goals, but the larger life changes one tends to contemplate during the new year I rarely accomplish. I like to look at it more in terms of, am I a better person, spiritually or physically, then I was last year? Usually I can answer yes to that one.
A huge "no" on that one. While I like to think about making resolutions, I have a hard time doing so. If there is something that I need to do, or want to do, I simply do it (taking into consideration many different things).
The year's end is a time for reflection for me. I wish to change certain things, but not as a symbol of the year to come. If things are important, they need to be changed when the time is right--not as a symbolic gesture.
I have yet to accomplish all of my Resolutions for any year; but it has not stopped me from reflecting on the past: things I might have done differently, things I should have done and didn't and most daunting, things I should not have done but did.
Life is a learning experience. Reflection is an integral part of that learning. For that reason, I don't make high minded resolutions because another year is beginning, but I do look at it as a milestone and reflect on how I can make the next year better. The fact that I don't reach my goals does not mean I should not set goals for myself; so I do. I like to think that I am, in John Wesley's words, "moving on toward perfection," although I will never reach it. Still, self improvement is a laudable goal. So, here we go again, one more try....
I made a resolution to read more, (not academic books) and I think I have achieved this. Reading for fun and sheer enjoyment is something that I lacked. On account of years and years of graduate school, I've programed myself to read for facts, insights, theories that I can use and useful anecdotes. All of this can take the joy out of reading. I am glad that I read for more enjoyment this year and I hope to do more of this in the year to come
I didn't really make any resolutions this year, having learned in the past that I rarely keep them. However, I'd like to take this opportunity to say that I've really enjoyed getting to know the rest of you on eNotes and hereby resolve to enjoy another year (if I'm lucky) of your acquaintance. Happy new year, everyone!
Instead of making New Year's resolutions and setting myself up for failure, I just vowed to be my best self in general. The first of the year is a good time to reflect on the past year and decide if you have lived it to the fullest, treated everyone as they should be treated, and taken care of yourself. I believe I have done this to some extent in the past year, but this new year is a chance to renew that and to try to be more aware of how I am treating others and myself. Cheers to the new year!
Acquiring New year's resolution is not really an abrupt motion. Yes, we wanted to have changes for this year not for the worst but for the better. We don't need to be preoccupied upon thinking the things that we wanted to change, its just that, slowly but surely we could change it.
I believe in God and I consider life as a serious business. It cannot be left to annual resolution but need a treatment similar real life business. Each transaction carried out has to be audited for its impact on the Profit & Loss in the Afterlife. It requires more attention than the ordinary business because it’s being conducted on a borrowed commodity – Life.
The annual goal or New Year Resolution has to to reflect the will to be a better person today than what I was yesterday - more caring for not only the near and dear ones alone but for the mankind as this is the purpose of our creation.