I know most people came up with their resolutions last month or at the beginning of this month. There is exactly 1 day left in January but the new year is still fresh so I figure it's not too late to write mine. I have some non specific general things that I want to work on in life but these are the specific ones. I like to zero in on a few that are really important to me so my list is usually short and sweet. Let's see how I did on last years resolutions first.
1. Be active at the gym or otherwise. Success! It was really hard at first. It really sucked to be spending hours of my precious evenings working out but I stuck with it and now going to the gym and getting work outs in has become a regular part of my life. It feels good to know that I am doing something healthy for my body and staying fit. It became part of my routine and doesn't suck as much as it used to.
2. Take some classes at the community college. Success! I'm in my second semester now.
3. Continue on with learning Spanish using Rosetta Stone. Fail! I didn't even start up again at all.
4. Get in the kitchen and cook. Mixed Bag! Cooking isn't my "thing" and I don't think it ever will be so I never set out to be that person that cooks multiple times a week. The plan was to manage once or twice a week actually. I started out really good last year. I looked up recipes and got the ones I liked all organized in a folder on my laptop. When we went grocery shopping I made a point to buy the needed ingredients so that I would be prepared to cook them. When I get out of the habit of making an effort to cook it gets really hard to start back up again. It started fading away as the year went on. I got busy with trying to stay in the gym and then once I started taking classes in September that was pretty much the nail in the coffin. Then the holidays came. Things got busy. Blah, blah, blah.
Eh, not so bad. Maybe I'm not as much of a slacker as I sometimes think I am! I accomplished most of them and only had one total fail. Now for this year's resolutions.
1. Write a book. This is the first time I've ever verbally voiced my desire to do this or even told myself that I really would. By putting it out into the universe I am hoping that will help hold me accountable and make it feel more real and possible. I have something fiction that I've been working on for a while and it sat untouched since Sept of 2010. I started writing again and ended up with 20 pages in one sitting. I can do this. I just have to push myself. I don't care if nothing further ever comes of it but I love writing and would like to accomplish this for myself.
2. Spanish with Rosetta Stone. I started this back in 2009 while Mj was deployed to help keep me occupied. He came back, we planned a wedding, got married and bought a house. Needless to say I was otherwise engaged and then last year I dropped the ball completely. I plan to pick it up again after I finish my two classes this semester.
3. Get cooking. Mj is the main cook in our family. He enjoys it and he's way better at it then I'll ever be. I'm trying not to feel so badly that I don't do this more often...or ever as of late. We each bring different things to the table and for me cooking is just not one of them. BUT...I need to keep trying. Mj deserves to eat something every once in a while that he did not have to make himself. It always makes me feel good when I make something for him even if I know it probably would have tasted better if he had done it himself! So even thought this is not my "thing" it goes back on the list. I'm not going to specify how often, just that I need to keep it on my radar as something I need to do on a regular basis.