Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Resolution Review

The great thing about blogs is that you can document things...namely New Years Resolutions.
The BAD thing about blogs is that you can document things...unfortunately New Years Resolutions.

As this year 2008 comes to a close I look back at what I thought I would accomplish, at what I wanted to accomplish and, well, what I didn't quite so much accomplish.

#1 Forgive and let go - After many days of contemplation, I am ready to forgive myself for my faults, for my shortcomings, and for my failures. I want to let go and move on so that those wounds can heal
Did I succeed? I'd have to say it's yes to this one. I'm not going to say the process is completely finished and I've closed the book on that chapter, but I can admit that there were many things troubling my mind and my heart when I started this year that I have been able to let go of. It's been a process, but I'm glad I can finally lay some of the heavier burdens to rest.

#2 Finish school - I am finally only a few hours away from completing my degree. I started this full time about 2 years ago and now the light at the end of the tunnel can be seen. My goal for this one is to get it completed this semester so I can walk across the stage in June. (classes are online so I can finish anytime, however graduation is every year in June)
Did I succeed? Yes! I walked across the stage with the hub this past June and then I got to spend a fun filled, adventure packed weekend with him (sans kids) in Denver. Unfortunately for us it didn't last long since now we are both pursuing our Masters, but hey...I've got one down and one to go with infinite possibilities...learning never stops!

#3 Run a marathon - this was one of those goals I had set for last year, I actually wanted to attempt the St. Jude half-marathon (which is in December) but because I got pregnant, it wasn't really doable. Good news is that I am not prego anymore and I am free to resume this goal. I've actually modified it a bit and now I want to run the actual marathon instead of the half.
Did I succeed? Yes, most importantly, yes. It is the challenge I needed in my life to push me onto the next step in this journey and while there were times I struggled with wanting to quit and times I told myself there was nothing difficult about it the end I learned. I learned a little more about myself in the process and I completed my very first Marathon on December 6, 2008 as I ran to support the children of St. Jude.

#4 Finish house - Well, I guess completely is a little far fetched, but I would like to have the rooms painted and the master room decorated by the end of summer.
Did I succeed? Well, that is debatable. We've continued to work on the house and we did purchase a new bed and our color/decorating scheme has been decided on (thanks to the new bedding) but the house is still a work in progress...I imagine it will continue to be though.

#5 Certification - I would like to have one certification completed by the end of the year, preferably security, but anyone will suffice
Did I succeed? No. I'd like to say yes, but I have to admit while I did go thru training the week before Christmas in an effort to fulfill this goal, I have not achieved it just yet. I am scheduled to take the examination in January so hopefully...

#6 Lose weight - I want the rest of the baby weight gone as well as a few extra pounds, if I can stay on schedule with the marathon training then this should take care of itself...lets hope!

Did I succeed? If I have to start the sentence with "that depends" the answer should be NO, but I'm gonna call this a success. I did lose all the baby weight, which was my goal - however the few extra pounds have come and gone with the weather and who knows if I'll ever really let them go. It's not where I want to be, but it is a healthy weight and I've dropped a pants size (beyond what I was before I got pregnant) so I won't complain. I stayed relatively on track for my marathon training so I'm going to chalk this one up to 'muscle weighs more than fat right?!

What about you? Did you keep to your New Years Resolutions??


Kim said...

I did not document my goals on my blog last year.. I made mental notes in my head and pushed forward.. Along the year I did mention them, and I plan on doing something after the New Year passes on my blog to highlight the journey I want to try to take this new year...

Congrats to you for hitting so many of your resolutions.. that is just wonderful!!

Happy New Year to you and your family Kel!

mommaof4wife2r said...

u my dear, did amazingly well!!! good work...and certification is just around the corner for you. my goals are well, just easy peasy, but urs, fab! good work!

tootie said...

I have no idea what my resolutions will be this year. Last year I had 2 distinct goals (finish Master's, do a marathon), but this year I don't have anything big like that.

By the way, it sounds like a lot of our 2008 goals were similar! :)

skiplovey said...

I think you just nailed why I don't document my resolutions, I am notoriously bad about keeping them. Hopefully I'll be better this year.

Sounds like you did a great job though.

Anonymous said...

people like you are the reason i don't do resolutions! because you totally did ALMOST ALL OF THEM.


HAPPY NEW YEAR, my friend!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

Great new years' post! I think you've had a very successful year.

the cubicle's backporch said...

Oh man... I was thinking about my goals the other day. I don't think I did well on any of them. I have been drinking more water, which was one of them. Ugh!

My google reader has been screwed up so I can't see my blog lists, so I'm a little behind!