Saturday, April 21, 2012

Do More: Kinda, Sorta, Maybe...

It seems like years ago at this point, but can anyone recall when for 2012 rather than setting traditional resolutions I vowed to do more? Well I started off strong with tracking the chronicles of my "do more" mantra, but after week seven I started doing less.

I wasn't doing less in the sense of not following what I set out to do (except blog more) but caught up in a busy time with school, work, and traveling I definitely did less of keeping track. 

Now that we're wrapping up week 16, let's go back in time and reflect on the past month...
Be more creative.
Paint and craft more. Yes! Made a banner for a co-worker's baby shower and forgot how much I love painting.
Use my talents to make meaningful gifts for the ones I love. Made a scrapbook for MC as a first year anniversary present (which I still need to share about!)
Write more.
Blog more to share life with family and friends. Ha, no. At least I managed a few in the month of March but now I'm going to back track because I did some fun things this semester.
Send more cards and letters to friends and family. Definitely have done a lot of this!
Read more.
Read more books and novels that I enjoy rather than watching TV. YES! Finished all of the Hunger Games, a book for class and am currently on a new one.
Stay current on US & world news, take time to learn more about politics. Have started opening up my CNN app when walking around campus versus Twitter, Pinterest, etc. I'm getting there...
Spend more time reading news & articles on student affairs and higher education. Slowly easing into keep on top of what's happening in the field. Taking time to open and look at daily email subscriptions and bookmarking links of stories to read later.
Cook more
Try out 52 new recipes. I'm not on track for 52 books in 52 weeks, but definitely on track for 52 recipes!
Make a conscious effort to prepare my meals rather than eating prepackaged food. With traveling and being so busy I've failed a bit with this one, but not too terribly.
Speak more.
Ask more questions...at work, with friends, with family, everywhere. I'm surprised people don't hide when they see me...ok I haven't gotten that bad with questions!
Be bold and speak up when people challenge my morals and what I believe in. Yes, yes, double yes. And had a great conversation with one of my best friends this past weekend about it. 
Make a better effort at keeping in touch with friends and family. Calling my momma more, emailing friends, sending cards and even wrote a nice letter to send with graduation announcements. 
Spend more time outside. 
Go for a walk outside at least once a week. Whether it was intentional, or to get somewhere, I've definitely done this. I'm sad though I had a few weeks without being out on the Riverwalk.
See more.
Explore new places...they don't have to be far. Don't know if I mentioned my trip to Athens yet? More on the tour of GA to come!
Find 10 new things to explore in Columbia, SC before graduation. Thanks to 15 days of HESA fun I will be completing this shortly!
Take every opportunity to explore around when traveling. Saw touristy things and went off the beaten path when in Louisville, KY. Also went exploring around DC during down time on my class trip. 

Hopefully I can get back on track with not just doing more, but keeping track of it more. Staying hopeful for week 17!

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