1.02.2012

New year, new me

I really love new years. I think its an automatic free chance to set a goal, refocus and just give yourself a kick in the pants to get motivated and do something.

2011 was, for obvious reasons, one of the best years of my life. I spent the majority of it experiencing what might be the easiest pregnancy known to womankind and was blessed with a healthy, beautiful baby girl. If that doesn't give me enough reason to want to improve myself, I don't know what will.

A few weeks ago, I read this article that my sister posted about 12 things happy people do differently, and a few of the points really struck a note with me. I'd say I'm pretty happy to start with, but hey, who doesn't want to be happier if they can be, right? So, for my new years resolutions, I want to focus on those very points:

(3) Avoid over-thinking and social comparisons- I can't seem to help this one and I'm always very conscious of this after it happens, and the article is right-- no matter what I think as a result of a comparison, I usually don't feel good about it. So why do it in the first place? I also think this coincides with the first point of expressing gratitude and being thankful for what you got. In 2012, I want to really focus on appreciating the people/things I've been blessed with and not worry about how it compares to those of others around me

(5) Nurture social relationships- I think this is actually something I made my 2011 resolution, and somehow it just tapered off and I wasn't as committed to it as much as I hoped to be. My family and most of my closest friends are across the country and I really want to make a greater effort to keep in touch with all of them and let them know how much I love and appreciate them. I am very much aware that I am the person I am today because of these people, and I want them to know that too. In 2012, I will really let those I love know how much they truly mean to me.

(8) Increase flow experiences- This is one I want to concentrate on specifically for Riley. I look back at our past three months together, and am already thinking "where did the time go?" I really want to make every minute I spend with her all about her. I want to have as many "flow experiences" with her as possible, so that I can know where the time actually did go. In 2012, I will focus on being the best mother I can possibly be to Riley.

(11) Practice spirituality- This was also a 2011 resolution, but something I would like to continue to focus on. I pray to and thank God every single night for all He has blessed me with, and am committing to do the same and more in 2012. In 2012, I want to continue to grow with God.

(12) Take care of your body- I made a 2011 resolution to run my first half-marathon, but with the pregnancy I was unable to do that. It will take a lot more discipline to make this possible with the addition of raising a baby in the schedule, but its that discipline and drive that I really desire. In 2012, I will cross the finish line of a half-marathon.

I look back at 2011 and I get this overwhelming feeling of joy. I know 2012 will be full of challenges, but will be equally joyful, and I am so excited about it I can hardly stand it! I have a great feeling about 2012.