Narcissistic recap of 2012 and resolutions for 2013

Sorry readers. You are about to be sucked into reading yet another resolutions post.  Whenever I see these in my reader, I usually skip over them unless I know the writer is going to be entertaining.  I will try to be slightly better than mind-numbing.  I wasn't going to write a year recap/resolutions post all actually, but since my blog began with one a year ago, it only seems fitting.

2012 was a year of change and up and downs for me.  When it started, I was in the midst of one of the most stressful times of my life, juggling an intense load of work and school.  I was working my ass off trying to juggle it all and when summer began, abruptly that load was taken away.  I took it rather hard in the moment, but something I've discovered about myself is that I'm rather resilient (see, I told you this post would be narcissistic).  When shit happens, I get upset and angry like anyone else - but then I move on.  Life is too short for moping and only you can make your life better. 

As cheesy as it sounds, one of the best things that anyone can do is to realize this.  It took me awhile to, for sure.  Too many of us spend too much time moping over someone, or something.  The past is over.  You cannot change it.  The only thing you can do is learn your lesson, figure out that life is shit rather frequently, and keep moving.  Also, a healthy dose of perspective that no matter how crappy you may feel luck has been to you, it's 100% true that you're just being a #firstworldproblem and someone else has REAL problems.  In fact, I have a theory that if everyone could have the chance to go up in orbit and see how insignificant they are and how fantastic it is that they're alive and healthy and have loved ones etc, then they'd actually feel a lot better!   Change the things you can control people, because some things you can't.  Like an asteroid.

Anyways, enough with the existentialism.  Summer of 2012 was spent enjoying myself in the best and biggest break I've had since I was 14 and I ended it recharged.  Since then, life has been getting better and better, leaving me positive for 2013, which is good b/c I fared rather poorly on almost all of my 2012 resolutions.

Back in January, I'd posted that I would:
  • do less, better - somewhat successful with that actually! Although I am still doing the same amount of things, I have put less pressure on myself to keep up on blogging, which ironically makes me want to blog more.
  •  become a better cook - utter FAIL.   Have not cracked open any of my cookbooks still.
  • exercise at least 3 times a week - minor successes as I went through periods of working out and slacking off (ie. entire MONTH of December)
  • 365 challenge - success!! Am in the home stretches.
For 2013 I will
  • try to do all of the above

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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  1. New Years resolutions:
    1. Get back into shape by exercising more (and regularly) and snacking less on sugary foods
    2. Stop overthinking things, it will come when it's meant to come
    3. Better maintain my relationships with my friends and family, especially those I don't talk to regularly

    I like this: "Too many of us spend too much time moping over someone, or something. The past is over. You cannot change it. The only thing you can do is learn your lesson, figure out that life is shit rather frequently, and keep moving. " and can't agree more. I just need to apply it to my own life... sigh.

  2. you turned out to be stronger because of 2012. think twice before you do anything and make sure you keep yourself happy.:)

    Happy New Year
    The Electric Heart Girl

  3. Good recap of the past year - and be proud that you're almost done your 365 challenge! That's a big accomplishment :)

  4. great recap and i agree - too many people dwell on the past and don't focus on what's happening NOW. you're the only person i know who stuck to your 365 photo challenge so that's amazing!!

  5. Great attitude MizzJ! In 2013 I plan to delegate more and work less. :)


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