New Year’s Resolutions

Long time no blog!  The almost one month break between fall and winter quarter was greatly appreciated, especially considering that it’s our longest break for a year, thanks to the quarter-to-semester conversion this summer.  I spent the time between Christmas and New Year’s at my parents home in Cleveland, doing a whole lot of nothing – and enjoying every second of it.  However, I did manage take some breaks from streaming Friday Night Lights on my parent’s Netflix to think about the past year and make some plans for 2012.

I made two New Year’s Resolutions in 2011:  to start recycling, and to apply to the MBA program at Ohio State.  Good news:  I accomplished both!  I am a big believer in New Year’s Resolutions – it’s an opportunity to evaluate yourself and determine how you can be a better citizen, friend, employee – whatever.  At the start of 2011, I knew I wanted to apply to the Fisher MBA program, but was struggling to actually take the time to write my essay and complete my resume.  By creating the resolution and laying out the steps to complete it, I was setting myself up for success.  Same with recycling – I went to Target, bought a cute bin to place next to my trash can in the kitchen, and started taking my recycling to Goodale Park once a week.  2011 – check!

In 2012, I am committing to a few resolutions:
1.  Go to a yoga class once a week.  This is a habit I started last quarter: I took an eight-week beginner course in the fall and kept practicing after the course was completed.  I want to keep the habit up, and making a resolution helps.
2Pursue advancement at my job.  I have been working in the same position for three years and it’s time for a bit of a change, or at least some recognition.  I started talking about this with my manager last year, and it’s time to see it come to fruition.  I believe that I am in control of my own career, and by setting this goal, I am taking a step further to make sure it happens.
3.  Be a nicer person.  I know I said I like to make specific resolutions, but I am breaking that rule with this last one.  It’s not to say I’m currently a mean person – I’m not!  But I’m aware that I can stand to be a bit more gentle, a bit more patient with the people I love – and the people I don’t.  So I’m going to work on being a nicer person in 2012  🙂

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?  If so, what are they?  If not, why not?

Yoga! (This is not me!)