One Week: The Last of the Mohicans

Ahhh New Year’s, you’ve snuck up on me again. Actually, JK, I’ve been looking at you for the past ten weeks.

What did I accomplish in this #10to2012 blog challenge of mine? I learned to be less rigid, follow through even more than I already do and to be kinder to myself. And also to not let everyone’s baggage bother me.

What did you learn?

My goals weren’t all accomplished, but I’ve reevaluated some, added, tossed and decided on a great set of resolutions for 2012. Here we go!

1. Networking Challenge: I’m officially starting (on January 3) the Classy Career Girl blog networking challenge. Read about it here (and follow this blog for more posts).

2. Personal: I want to be fit and confident and happy. I’m pretty confident, but I still have moments where my 8-year-old self rears her unconfident self. That, hopefully, will stop in 2012…or at least happen less.

3. Career: I’m going to focus on what I need/want and then devise a plan to get it. And I’m going to do that in other areas, but you don’t need to know about that.

What will you accomplish in 2012? Share your resolutions with me! And enjoy and safe and happy NYE!

Week 3: We’re in the Home Stretch!

Well, I know I missed a post last week, but let me explain — it was one heck of a week.

I reevaluated some goals and added some new ones for 2012.

2012 is going to be a year of self-discovery and good things!! I have found a new apartment complex (where I want to move as soon as my current lease is up), figured out a way to budget better and have great success in my professional and personal arena.

As resistant as I am to change, I’m desperately trying to give it a chance. I am trying to see things from a different angle as I so often advise my friends to do.

I’m also trying to gift myself with patience this holiday/new year and the ability to understand that things that are scary as sometimes really amazing.

I will be baking cookies and trimming a tree this weekend, preparing for Christmas and trying to keep my stress level down.

How are you spending this week? Hope you are exceeding/reevaluating your goals!

Week 5: 25 classes in 30 days? Accomplished!

December is upon us this week, and we’ve only got 5 more till 2012. What are you trying to accomplish?

I’m here to check in with my goals. I haven’t lost all the weight I wanted to, but I lost inches AND am down a pants size. WOOT WOOT!!! This main seem like a vain goal, but if you’re happy with yourself, then the world is happy with you, soooooo ya, I’m pretty darn happy!

This post is a bit late because I wanted to write this post after I finished my 30 day challenge at YogaFlex. Today was my 25th class for the month. It was quite a challenge and I’m really excited to share my thoughts on this accomplishment with you.

It made me realize that nothing is really impossible and that doing what you think is impossible often makes you able to accomplish so many more things.

As far as my other goals go — I haven’t written my book yet, but I have finished 11 pages. I need to get to at least another chapter in the next five weeks. I’m starting to be a bit more happier as I am trying to refocus what I’m doing and where I want to go. It makes me feel more settled; to know the path I’m trying to follow.

What are you going to accomplish in the last five weeks of 2011? Share your goals with me!

8 Weeks to Go: What Have You Learned About Yourself?

Life, a wise person once told me, is like the lazy river at a water park. Some people sit in their rafts and float on by, basking in the sun and cool breezes. Others push and push until they end up stuck in one corner or another and have to hop into the pool to actually get back on the right path again. And then there are those that actively relax and, at times (when it’s necessary) actively push themselves along the river to enact one change or another.

This same wise person read the “Missing Piece Meets the Big O” by Shel Silverstein. In this book, the missing piece is, much like all single men and women are, looking to find the “O” that completes her. I say her because she’s pointy and waiting to be rescued, like I often find myself. On one hand I’m self sufficient and can just sit here and be the missing piece, but on the other hand, I want to be rolled around this great big world, experiencing the magic with someone else.

Anyway, back to Silverstein’s version, as the missing piece goes through life, she sees too many pieces that simply don’t fit. Some have too many missing pieces themselves, others have too many pieces and still others are just not the right shape. She finally meets an O with a piece that seems to fit, until she grows and no longer fits in the O, who thought she would be the same size forever. Then she meets the Big O and he tells her to start rolling on her own, which she eventually does by rounding out her edges and catching up with him — proving that no matter if you’re alone or with someone, you’re always ultimately on your own.

This story made me realize that perhaps I need to be a bit less picky when it comes to different aspects of my life and a bit more open. I’m still on my Yoga challenge and I’ve been doing great things with meals — I made crock pot chicken soup and szechwan tofu, AND figured out how to make my favorite salmon lox roll-ups gluten and dairy free. I’m realizing that the things I see as challenges are really just barriers I put in place to avoid getting hurt, overextending myself or falling into a cycle of doing too much and not having enough time for “me.”

What have you learned this past week? What do you want to learn in week 8? Share your thoughts with me!