January 1, 2011

There's Something in My Eye.

Ok. Truth be told. There really IS something in my eye. And it's been there for awhile. And for all you wise guys (or girls) out there-- for clarification's sake:
1. NO! It's is NOT my finger.
2. It is not a tear. I only cry twice a year. I can't use them up already (seeing as to how it's only the first day of the year)

But-- this is all beside the point. The title ultimately has nothing to do with this post. Oh well.

Ok. It's a new year. Time for those so-called "resolution" things. According to my dad's sermon last week-- most people ultimately fail at keeping their resolutions. And it doesn't take us very long to do so.

Hard core fact #1: I did not fail my 2010 resolutions (that's right, admire the "s").
Hard core fact #2: I. am. awesome.

In fact, last year, instead of creating a measly 1 resolution that I would surely fail at-- I ended up creating 8 resolutions. (And no-- there is nothing in your eye-- that said 8-- you double checked didn't you?)

And here is how I roll:
1. Find a job. Yes. In fact, I didn't just find "a" job. I found 3. Now granted, none of them were the teaching job I wanted, but I blame the economy. In 2010 I worked at: MSU as a graduate student, McDonald's, and Wal-Mart (please don't laugh. They paid the bills.)
2. Write in journal daily. Now-- some days I may have forgotten and had to write twice the next day-- but every day of the year is accounted for. And that is the important thing, right? Nobody is perfect.
3. Cut back on road rage. Ok- I am still working on it. I think other people should make it their resolution to drive better.
4. Lose some weight. I did not set a goal weight. I knew if I set a goal I would only give up and disappoint myself like I've always done. Without the goal, I managed to lose 24 pounds. That's a lot more than I ever expected. And I dropped 2 pant sizes. Congratulations to me!
5. Do 2 things off my bucket list. Done and done! I saw Michael Buble in concert (swoon) AND played extreme laser tag (thanks to Heather and Stephen)
6. Go on a date. I really thought I would fail this one. But I got my date (June 7, 2010) and I got a boyfriend! Go figure.
7. Join a Bible study. This is another one that had various outcomes. I joined at least 2 Bible studies-- but because of relocation issues I never got to fully complete them. I am still counting this as a win, though.
8. Cut back on soda intake. As of today (January 1, 2011) it's been a year since I've had a drink of soda. I think this helped with the weight loss. Big time. And instead of soda I get my caffeine through coffee... Mmmmm...

So there you have it. I think I came out a winner. What resolutions did you set for yourself in 2010? Or what ones are you setting for 2011? Personally, I find it's best to aim high-- if you set the bar too low you won't feel the drive to accomplish anything. Or maybe that's just me.

Now if you'll excuse me... There's something in my eye.


  1. I don't think I've ever made a new years resolution. But that also means that I've never broken one.

  2. I'm not good at resolutions. I can't think of one resolution I've made. At all. Nothing. Oh well. I thought about making one this year. Maybe next year my resolution will be to make a New Years resolution...