Thursday, January 5, 2012

In 2012 I Will...

Be more creative.
Write more.
Read more.
Cook more
Speak more.
Spend more time outside. 
See more.
"Resolutions...do I haveeee to?"
With my friend Brittany on NYE...getting scared for 2012?

Though we're five days into 2012, I'm someone who always takes a while to think about what I want to get out of the new year. What I've realized about typical resolutions is two things:

1. People construct very detailed resolutions like "lose 10 lbs., 7 inches, and eat 1000 calories per day". Ok, maybe a poor example but you get the point. Goals should not be extremely detailed, they should be general and broad. Objectives should be created to break down your goals. 
2. Resolutions are typically about losing, reducing, or quitting things. Not very positive huh? Yes, someone may want to quit smoking, however could that be an objective under a goal of a more healthy lifestyle?

After seeing this picture on Pinterest, I really enjoyed how simple the statements were and decided to craft resolutions in a similar format. 
I loved seeing the word "more" because with many resolutions isn't that what we're asking for? You want to lose weight...you want to be healthier. You want to stop being lazy...you want to be more productive and motivated. So I broke down my resolutions:

Be more creative.
Make more things DIY rather than buying at the store
Paint and craft more
Use my talents to make meaningful gifts for the ones I love
Write more.
Resume writing in my journal regularly
Blog more to share life with family and friends
Send more cards and letters to friends and family
Read more.
Read more books and novels that I enjoy rather than watching TV
Stay current on US & world news, take time to learn more about politics 
Spend more time reading news & articles on student affairs and higher education
Cook more
Try out 52 new recipes
Make a conscious effort to prepare my meals rather than eating prepackaged food
Buy more local food and produce to cook 
Speak more.
Ask more questions...at work, with friends, with family, everywhere
Be bold and speak up when people challenge my morals and what I believe in
Make a better effort at keeping in touch with friends and family
Spend more time outside. 
Go for a walk outside at least once a week
When the weather is nice spend time on the weekends exploring parks 
Walk more on campus instead of taking the shuttle
See more.
Explore new places...they don't have to be far
Find 10 new things to explore in Columbia, SC before graduation
Take every opportunity to explore around when traveling

So what you can expect to see over the next year is hopefully a plethora of posts about how I am making an effort to do more. I'm an optimist person, and so I hope that if I can focus on doing more, I will inevitably stop doing less. Sounds sillly...but it's really as simple as it gets. 

How are you going to do more in 2012?

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