Last year's New Year's resolution post started like this:
"Otherwise known as 'great ideas I had in late December which will loose steam by early February'. But seriously, I'm a very goal oriented person, and deadline driven to the core. But for me to set year-long goals isn't really the most productive way for me to get things done. But I'm also very highly influenced by public accountability - hence why I'm posting my "new year's resolutions" here for you all to see."
Yeah...Lets just say that I really knew myself a year ago. Year-long goals just aren't my thing, I didn't do so well with last year's "resolutions."
2011 Resolutions were:
1. Create my professional website
2. Run a half marathon
3. Visit Carly while she's studying abroad in Europe
4. Weight loss/Body image stuff
5. Be a better blogger
The only one I can say that I really completed, is #5 "Be a better blogger." This one was pretty open to interpretation, but some of the things I wanted to accomplish were:
- a successful redesign (done in October 2011)
- create more pages (done throughout the year, look up, they're all there!)
- make better use of tags in posts (I had a bad habit of just making up new ones every time, which doesn't really work with the whole purpose of tags, i.e. organization.)
- and blog more frequently (in 2011 I more than doubled the number of blog posts from 2010!)
That's about where the success ends. Working up the list from there:
4) It's sort of ongoing. Ya know, until the end of time. Although I will say that in the fall of 2011 I felt the best I've felt in a really long time. I guess that's a success in and of itself.
3) Nope. No way to even beat around the bush on that one, I haven't visited Carly yet. Fingers crossed for the spring.
2) Nope, again, didn't happen. At all. I did run the Cherry Blossom 10-miler and the Hot Chocolate 15K, but neither of those is 13.1 miles. I'm signed up for the Rock 'n Roll DC Half Marathon in March, so it'll be accomplished soon enough.
1) This one gets to be partially checked off. I have a URL for my website, but nothing done on the design concepts or content yet. It's a work in progress, like everything else.
That all being said, I'm not totally writing 2011 off as a failure. I distinctly remember having a conversation with Hannah at the end of 2010 about how 2011 will be better, it's got to be better, we said. No specifics, just better we thought. You'll have to check over on her fabulous blog to get her full perspective on this past year, but it's been a pretty good one for me.
Next up tomorrow: The Most Influential/Important/Memorable days of the year