SMART for 2012!

I'm giving in. I usually try not to do posts that everyone and their grandma are doing on their blog, but really this  resolutions post is more for me, than it is for you. Obviously, generousness is not one of my resolutions.

From what I've read, a key factor to making goals stick, is by defining them properly.  Since I'm a huge word nerd for concise, clear, definitions, of course my resolutions are going to try to follow this principle.  To help, I'm enlisting the SMART criteria, which is a common technique for defining good goals.

For a goal to be SMART, it must be:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Timely
So, without further ado, here are my 2012 resolutions, hereby written in Internet stone to be held accountable and fully lamented  celebrated by me in December over vodka shots egg nog.

Do less, better: this is a biggie.  Anyone who knows me knows I seem to pack myself full of activities and sure it's fun doing them, but it also leaves me feeling rather tired and out of sorts, so this year I resolve to not beat myself up if I decide not to volunteer for something, or write a bunch of blog posts for everyday. 

Become a better cook: I have a bunch of cookbooks, so I'd like to actually learn from them! Inspired by watching Julie & Julia, I want to try out a new recipe at least 1-2 times a week. I'm also going to post about my cooking adventures so stay tuned! The first cookbook we'll be tackling is "Noodles for 2" by Vicki Liley.

Exercise at least 3 times per week: I definitely notice a difference between how I feel when I am, and when I'm not, physically active, so I'd like to get to my fitness high point, where I was working out and doing yoga regularly.  Crow pose, you are my goal!

365 challenge: Lately I've been feeling rather uninspired by the dark, wet Vancouver weather and haven't been taking hardly any outfit posts, so in order to reinvigorate my wardrobe, I took a hint from Indonesian blogger TigerLily of Two Thousand Things. For the past 2 years, she's challenged herself to never wear the same outfit twice and she's actually done it! Her style is amazing, so I recommend you check her out. I highly doubt I'll be able to do quite the same thing, but I'm challenging myself to at least document my style more by trying to take and post my daily outfits! I'll post up weekly recaps for you all here, but you can also check out the daily feed on Twitter!

I'd love to hear what your resolutions are for the new year and how you plan to stick to them, so please tell me in the comments!

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