New Year’s Resolutions: May Progress

“If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you.  If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you.  Whatever good things we build end up building us.”

– Jim Rohn

This was a super-busy, fun-packed month for me and the best part is: I still managed to reach the majority of my goals.  Slowly but surely the changes I’m consciously making in my behavior are becoming more and more like second-nature… and it’s a good feeling.  Here’s another briefing on my monthly progress.

and yet another haircut…

Goal 1: Be a better dresser (specifically: get my new work pants tailored, acquire an iron, and find a dress I can wear to my friend’s wedding in June)

  • I managed to get my work pants tailored and find a great dress for my friends’ wedding.  I got the dress from Cache for $53 (marked down from $160!!!) and I’m planning on wearing it to two weddings AND to work when I start my job.  If that’s not a good deal… I don’t know what is!
  • Next month:  Acquire the iron I was supposed to get last month and make a “style board.”  Or basically just define the style I would like to have with words and pictures.

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New Year’s Resolutions: Apr. Progress

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

-Zig Zigler

The more New Year’s Resolutions progress posts I make, the more thankful I am that I’ve committed myself to making them.  Motivation is easy to create, but hard to maintain.  And without these posts I’m sure I would have forgotten about these resolutions months ago.  When it comes to achieving your goals, even the small ones, I’ve learned that holding yourself accountable is incredibly important.  That being said, here is another month of my personal progress 🙂

wearing accessories!

Goal 1: Be a Bette Dresser (specifically: buy an outfit I can wear to church and/or work)

  • I did it!  Last weekend I dragged my friends out to Nordstrom Rack and was able to find not one, but two outfits I can wear to work and/or church.  And the best part was I got it all for under $140… not bad if you ask me!
  • Next month: Get my new work pants tailored, acquire an iron, and find a dress I can wear to my friend’s wedding in June.

New Year’s Resolutions: Mar. Progress

“No one can go back and make a brand new start.  Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

Last month I managed to get off track with several of my resolutions… and was feeling fairly disappointed with myself.  The good news, however, is that seeing my setbacks in writing scared me straight… and this month I did much better at sticking with them.  You can’t change the past, but you can always work towards a better future. 🙂

new sandals!

Goal 1: Be a Better Dresser (specifically: start wearing my hair curly, and get some new shoes for spring)

  • I did it!  This month I kept on dressing well, started to wear my hair curly again, and got 2 new pairs of sandals.
  • Next month: Buy an outfit I can wear when I go to church and when I start working this summer.  I can’t wear mini-skirts everywhere… unfortunately.

New Year’s Resolutions: Feb. Progress

O, happy the soul that saw its own faults.” – Mevlana Rumi

Accountability breeds response-ability.” –Stephen R. Covey

Self-reflection and accountability are wonderful things.  I spent the past few days dreading this post because I felt like I had failed at all of my New Year’s Resolutions this month. But while writing this post made me think about all of the ways I’d messed up… it also forced me to do some self-reflection, which helped me realize that I also did a lot of things right.  And even though I’ve started to let myself slip the past couple weeks… by holding myself accountable for my actions it has given me a chance to catch myself before I really get off track.

check out that haircut!

Goal 1: Be a Better Dresser (specifically: find more distinct ways to style my hair)

  • I did it!  This month I kept on dressing well and actually got a “hairstyle”
  • Next month: Keep on accessorizing, start wearing my hair curly, and get some new shoes for spring. 🙂

Goal 2: Go outside more (specifically: visit a state park and use my bike)

  • Okay so, I didn’t visit a state park or use my bike this month.  However, I did spend a lot more time outside.  I went running on the trail several times and even walked to/from the gym and grocery store instead of driving.
  • Next month: Visit a state park and use my bike (let’s try these again!)

New Year’s Resolutions: Jan. Progress

Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.
Fitzhugh Dodson

In order to successfully reach your goals: you need to make them, plan for them, and periodically assess your progress.  Periodic goal assessments hold you accountable to your goals and allow you to reflect on your actions.  They help you to see what you’re doing right, what you’re doing wrong, what you should continue doing, and what you need to change if you are going to successfully reach your goals.

At the beginning of this year I set 5 New Year’s Resolutions for myself.  Since an entire month has already gone by, I thought it would be a good time to assess if my plan of action is actually helping me reach my goals.

notice the accessories 😉

Goal 1: Be a better dresser

  • This month I tried to pay more attention to the details.  I got two pairs of pants professionally tailored and made an effort to be wearing at least 2 accessories with my outfits… and people noticed! I’ve even gotten several compliments in the past few weeks.
  • Next month: I want to find more distinct ways to style my hair.

Goal 2: Go outside more

  • I honestly kind of forgot about this goal.  I realized this about a week ago and since then I’ve managed to go on a trail run with my roommate and yesterday I walked to the grocery store instead of driving.  But I could definitely use some improvement on this one…
  • Next month: I want to visit a state park and take advantage of the free bike rentals that my apartment offers.

Goal 3: Stop drinking so much

  • I’m proud to say I have successfully cut back my drinking this month!  I managed to consistently have no more than 3 drinks a night.  My body hates me so much less after nights out, and I’ve been having just as much fun – if not even more.
  • Next month: I want to keep doing what I’ve been doing

Goal 4: Stop spending all my weekends in a bar

  • I’ve been to several bars in the past month… but I also managed to visit lots of fun, new places!  I organized a bowling night with my friends, went to The National Gallery of Art, tried indoor rock climbing, and went to see a live belly-dancing performance.
  • Next month:I want to keep doing what I’ve been doing

    at the bowling alley with some friends

Goal 5: Grow my faith (specifically: go to church at least twice a month and read through the bible by next year)

  • I did it!  I got my butt to church twice this month!  And I managed to read through the Gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).  That’s 4 out of 66 books in the whole Bible.
  • Next month: Go to church at least twice and read 6 more books of the Bible.

New Year’s Resolutions, 2012

“Let us strive to improve ourselves, for we cannot remain stationary; one either progresses or retrogrades.” 
Mme. Du Deffand

2011 was a good year for me.  Not only did I get to travel, hang out with my friends & family, and continue completing school: but I was able to become Primal and reap a ton of benefits, both physical and psychological, from doing so.

My friend Deepa & I ringing in the New Year

It pretty much goes without saying that I will continue to follow Primal nutrition and continue to set fitness goals for myself.  But that doesn’t mean I won’t make any New Year’s Resolutions… I always love an opportunity for a little self-improvement 🙂

New Year’s Resolutions, 2012

  • Be a better dresser
    • Perception is everything.  And whether we like it or not, how we look affects the way people perceive us.  So no more slacking on my wardrobe!  In 2012 I’m dressing like I’m about to go on a hot date whenever I leave my apartment.
  • Go outside more
    • I’m lucky enough to live in an area surrounded by opportunity.  In less than 30 minutes I can get to our nation’s capital OR a state park.  I need to stop spending my weekends nursing hangovers in my apartment and start exploring the great outdoors.  Which leads me to my next one…
  • Stop drinking so damn much!
    • When my friends and I go out… we tend to rage.  And while we always have a good time… I’m starting to realized that all that drinking is 1) expensive 2) horrible for me 3) causing bad hangovers that completely waste my weekends.  I don’t want to give up partying, but I think I can still have a good time drinking 2-3 drinks instead of 5 or more.  Which leads me to my next one…
  • Stop spending all my weekends in a bar
    • They’re noisy and everyone is intoxicated; which means that the time I’m spending with my friends isn’t as meaningful as it could be.  Half the time people can’t hear what you’re saying, OR they can’t remember it the next day.  This year I’m going to plan more social events at places that don’t always ask for cover at the door.
  • Grow my faith
    • I’m a very blessed girl.  And that is all because of the Big Guy upstairs.  This year I am going to pay Him more respect.  I’m going to go to church at least twice a month and read through the entire bible by this time next year.

Don’t let yourself retrograde this year!  What are your New Year’s Resolutions?