Happy 2012! I stopped making resolutions a couple years ago because all I do set myself up for disappointment. But, now that we’re almost 1/4 of the way through January, I find myself thinking of things I want to do this year that will help me grow…aka: resolutions! So, what are they?
I want to run
In preparation for the zombie apocalypse in December of this year, I want to start running. Just kidding about the zombie apocalypse part. But I really do want to start running. For anyone who knows me, pick your jaw up off the floor. I don’t know why but over the last month or so, I’ve had a serious urge to try my hand at running. And I’m gonna do it. I even started looking up tips for beginners so I don’t injure or kill myself. Will I stick to it? Who knows. But I want to give it a try, especially since I feel my body is actually telling me to do it. And Daffy would make an excellent partner!
I want to eat healthier
No, I’m not going to diet. I want to change how I eat. Permanently. Does that mean I’m giving up all that is bad for me? Hell no! But, as I learned the last time I lost a lot of weight, the key is moderation. I didn’t deprive myself of anything but still managed to lose 20+ lbs. Unfortunately (and fortunately), when I quit smoking, I gained that back plus about 20 more. So, I want to follow what worked for me last time, just a little healthier with more fruits and veggies. And I’ve already started by replacing my no-breakfast plan with a super healthy smoothie that I love and now can’t start my day without. It easily has 3-4 servings of fruits/veggies in it!
I want to go to yoga classes
Are you noticing a trend yet? I’ve actually been wanting to do this one for a while but have been having a hard time finding a class close enough to where I live without having to go into Philly. Everyone I know who has practiced yoga has loved it and benefited greatly from it. In addition to the exercise, it’d be an excellent de-stresser and help me to focus. I finally found a class that’s not too far from me and seems pretty inexpensive. Now I just have to pick up the phone.
I want to get control of my anxiety
For those who don’t know me very well, I have really bad anxiety. It’s actually two different kinds: general anxiety and social anxiety. The first one’s not too bad anymore but the social anxiety is a little out of control. I’ve actually hidden from people I know that I see in stores. Now, that’s just sad. As my very close friends would tell you, it’s gotten a little better but, I definitely still need a lot of work. When I’m confronted with large groups of people, people I don’t know well, or strangers, I panic like there’s no tomorrow. All I want to do is vomit, run home, and cry. I’ve been trying to force myself to do things that put me in these situations so I can get better at them but it’s been difficult.
I want to photograph more
I simply LOVE photography. The sound of the shutter clicking on a camera sends chills through me. And, from what people tell me, I can be pretty good at it. But I still have a lot to learn and a lot of practicing to do. It’s also a great relaxation exercise for me. When I’m out taking photos, everything else is blocked out, even my own thoughts. I just focus on what I’m doing and nothing else. It’s one thing that makes me the happiest so I naturally want to keep improving on what I already learned!
So, for the most part, my overall resolution for 2012 is a revolution of me. I want to build a better and stronger me who does things that make me happy.
Did you make any resolutions for this year?