Goodbye, 2012.

Girl-Calendar-New-Year-Vintage-PostcardSo I’ve been working on the Life Less Bullshit Why Wait? workbook the last few days. I’m not done with it yet because I’m procrastinating, but I have made my “Eff Yeah 2012” list of all the awesome things I’ve done in 2012. Which, really, is a fantastic process because I spend far too much of my time dwelling on the negatives – the things I didn’t do, the things that went wrong, the things that I failed at, etc – and not nearly enough time thinking about just what all I accomplished with my precious 8,760 hours of 2012.

Highlights from my 2012 list: 

– 38 projects (knitting, spinning, and sewing) made in 2012 (39 if I can manage to get the sleeves sewn and the neck edging knit on my Elemental Boatneck by midnight tonight!). I’ve never tallied up the things I’ve made before, and I always like to think that I never get enough time to do what I love, but quite clearly I have more than enough time to focus on my hobbies.

– Trained and ran my first 5k!

– Took a really awesome (and proper) vacation for our anniversary.

– Snapped a few really cool pictures of wildlife around our area (especially that deer we tracked in the state park!)

– Met some really cool people up in Michigan at a knitting meet-up.

– Built a raised bed, installed wire for trellising, and planted clematis, thereby checking off one long-awaited project from our home to-do list.

– Spent quality time with my niece at the local maple syrup festival, and then again when she stayed the entire week with us over my birthday.

Looking toward 2013… I’m not making resolutions, I’m making goals. Resolutions seem so “pie in the sky”… so… unobtainable. Goals? Goals come with a plan of action. Hard, concrete ideas and rules and guidelines to follow to make sure I achieve what I set out to accomplish.

So here’s what 2013 will find me doing:

Taking charge of my health and wellness

– I’ll be doing 13 5k races in 2013

– I’ll be exercising at least 2x a week by taking a class at the local YMCA to start, then as it warms back up I’ll get back to running outdoors 2-3x/week to improve my running time for those races. If both of those fail, I’ll work on my 100 push-ups, 200 sit-ups, 200 squats or use the Yoga app on my phone.

 -I’ll be making an honest effort to eat healthy foods – planning ahead to pack lunches, have proper meals for dinners, etc so as to not be tempted to get fast food out of laziness.

Increasing my productivity overall

– I’ll be limiting my social media exposure by removing the apps from my smart phone, not logging into Google while at work, paring down my Google Reader feed, and only catching up with those people/websites I care to catch up with in the evenings.

– If I start feeling the need for distraction, I’ll get up, walk away from the computer, and take a 5 minute break to refocus.

– I’ll be re-committing my Mondays to my design work that I’ve been ignoring.

– I’ll embrace the idea that doing the small things now means less ‘big’ things at the end of Procrastination Avenue. You know what I’m talking about – you put off the 5 minutes it would take to grab a basket of clothes and throw them in the washer until that 5 minutes of work turns into much more because you have a mountain of clothes to tackle instead of a single basket. That kind of thing.

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