::hangs head in shame::
Life has just been busy but at the same time, not that interesting. I may or may not have picked up a certain other...er, hobby that I'm not quite ready to talk about yet too that may or may not keep me from participating in most of my other hobbies.
I hope to post some photos from the weddings of my brother and my brother-in-law. We got two new sisters-in-law and we're pretty happy with the women our brother's chose. We were able to be in SC for both weddings and it was a great time to spend with our families and see old friends.
I wanted to reflect a little on this last year. I never make resolutions. I personally think we should always be improving ourselves and making a resolution or two is a nice way to do that for some people. I've learned that for myself, setting a year-long "goal" is just another way to feel bad about my behavior. I prefer to set small objectives (I would like to work out three times this week / I would like to eat more veggies tomorrow than I did today / I would like to be kinder to this person, etc.) and then modify my behavior and mindset from there based on my success or failure. But perhaps that's the behaviorist in me.
So what did I learn this year that I can take with me into the next? What were my successes and failures? How have I grown?
-- I've learned that I actually have a career mindset. Once I was in a job I did not LOVE, I was so unhappy I realized that I DO have goals for myself as a professional and settling for something that is not ideal is not OK for me.
-- I've learned that I can let go a little. I don't have to please everyone all the time. I don't have to be everything everyone else thinks I should be.
-- I've pretty much fallen off the wagon with working out consistently. When life gets busier, I push fitness aside and always regret it. Along that line, I've also learned that my commitment to fitness wasn't just a weight maintenance thing: it was a happiness thing. I am most happy when I know I am taking care of my body. Changing this perspective has changed my motivation to exercise from fitting into my skinny jeans to sleeping well, eating better, and feeling good.
-- I've learned that actual good friends are really difficult to find.
-- I've had to support and help my husband in ways I never expected, but these experiences brought us closer and reaffirmed my commitment to him and to our marriage.
-- I've seen that God grows us ALL the time. Even when we are not looking for it or even don't want it, His guidance is there. His right hand is holding me "even there."
It's not a lot, but as I was thinking today about a new year, these are the things that came to my mind. I hope your new year is full of growth, love, and laughter. Happy 2012!