New Years Resolutions, and a recap of 2012

I really hate New Years Resolutions. I can’t remember the last time when I made one. Why wait until one specific day, when you can just make the decision to change something in your life and do it now! Al Kavadlo wrote a great blog entry a few years ago on New Year’s Resolutions, that’s in the same line of thinking:

Every day is just a day, but it’s also a new opportunity, regardless of whether it’s January 1st or December 27th. It doesn’t make a difference when you start making changes in your life. Your body reacts to the signals you give it every single day, so stop waiting for things to fall into place and start taking action today. ~Al Kavadlo

Now this doesn’t mean I don’t make and set goals for myself; I have already made the decision to write more and improve on my photography. I have made a concerted effort to blog more, and been attempting a photo a day since mid-November, and will continue that throughout 2013. I am also in the midst of reorganizing my life and keeping physical and emotional clutter and chaos at bay (clutter/chaos can take many forms: people you allow into your life, the way you allow yourself to react to stressors in your life, physical things that pile up, to-do lists that never get finished etc).

We spent a rather wild and crazy New Year’s Eve together. We went down into our basement around noon and didn’t come out until 11pm. This was the first of probably three days of going through all the junk we don’t use and getting rid of it. Fun times, but necessary! Wish us luck!

I’m not going to brag, but 2012 has been a great year for me. Not one of those years where huge, amazing things just continued to happen throughout the year, but one where I look back with a sense of satisfaction and ease.

In my professional life, I feel as though 2012 has been my most successful year in the last 20 years of working in that organization. I feel as though I’ve set a momentum for myself within the organization that cannot slow down. I’m very proud of the things I’ve accomplished.

In my personal life, I’ve been able to focus on things a lot better than I have in the past. I made it through another year with my best friend and soul mate, with our relationship continuing to grow stronger every year. I was able to develop a closer relationship with both my mom and brother. I was able to complete the 5km Canada Army Run despite a permanent knee injury. It was my worst 5km time ever, but that didn’t stop me! We found ways to travel and explore with our puppy, now that she’s old enough to take places. I was able to spend a lot of time with my sweet pup, Miracle Loki the Siberian Husky, and improve our connection, which improves her obedience! Her recall has become so much better, she seems much calmer, and is a very healthy dog. Her first birthday was in July, so anyone with a husky will understand how I can consider this an accomplishment!

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Loki’s recall! It works!

Financially, we have eliminated most debt from our lives, with the exception of our mortgage and car loans. We have developed a system where we save up, pay off all credit cards every month, and still have money to spare. We have chosen not to live outside our means, which means that every time we think that we’d like a bigger house like our friends and colleagues, there’s nothing wrong with our little town home. We have a roof over our heads, a comfortable living space, running water, and a comparably low mortgage payment each month! We decided to part with our downtown rental property this past spring, not just for the financial ease, but the peace of mind of not worrying about whether the tenants will wreck the place, move out without notice, not pay their rent, etc. This year, if we don’t win the CHEO Dream Home, we’ll continue on that path towards eliminating debt and being smart with our money (if we do – Ha! – we’ll still be smart, but things would be a lot easier! – Yes, we’re dreamers too!)

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Chillin’ at Kincardine Beach during the May long weekend

Whether you made New Year’s Resolutions or not, or whether your resolution is to continue on with your current goals and progress, I hope all of you were able to look back on 2012 and identify milestones and accomplishments that allow you to look forward with a sense of ambition and purpose, and I hope 2013 is all you wish it to be!

Happy New Year!

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6 thoughts on “New Years Resolutions, and a recap of 2012

  1. No way, I’m going to win it! 😉 We’re in line with the basement clean up and debt reduction Jen! With the except of property, I’ll be completely debt free by the end of the month…never to return again. Ya ya ya! Unloading everything from the basement (hello kijiji, salvation army and mr garbage can) is a big weight off my shoulders. I hate having “stuff”, ha ha. Cheers to a fabulous 2013!

  2. 2012 was a year that featured an amazing life lesson that I relearned for about the fourth time – it’s actually a two part sort of thing that involves remembering that sometimes ‘good enough’ is nothing to be ashamed of, and that it’s okay to sometimes not achieve goals and expectations that I have set for myself.

    The best way to explain this is with an illustration of sorts: I decided to take a road trip to the Bay Of Fundy National Park, and wound up stopping about 400 km short of my goal as I had one of those ” love at first sight” things with New River Beach Provincial Park and wound up exploring the area and surrounding Islands.

    Hours upon hours spent on the beach, taking pictures, shooting video, and poking about looking for shells and crabs and beautiful sand polished bits of beach glass. It rained darn near the whole time, I did not care, and in fact relished and romped in the fog and low clouds.

    I had fun, I was wet, I had sand between my toes and I rediscovered the joy of not doing much at all while absorbing the healing gifts that nature provides. Perhaps that is all that I need to recall from 2012 as the past is the past and it’s not supposed to be able to hurt us. Then again, unless we remember the lessons of the past we are doomed to repeat them – so I’ve been told.

    My goals for 2012 are simple – I am going to try to live, love and laugh, and to lead and not follow – certainly not get off the trail. I’m sure I can achieve at least three of those – that’s easy, and a low passing mark. It’s not stellar, but it’s enough to get me through the rapids, up a cliff, along a trail and through the express lane at the grocery store.

    2013 will be a good year… ~smiles~

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