Sunday, January 2, 2011

every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end...

here is my cliche post about the new year.
you knew it was coming right?
me being me and all.
but serious, i love fresh new beginnings
and new chances
and evaluating the year that has past.
and the new year is all about that stuff.
well, i evaluated the year 20 and 10 already which can be found here
and intend to make 20 and 11 even better simply by doing the same exact thing.
being happy.
i'm not going to have my little bloggy thing again
(sorry if i disappointed all 3 of you that read it)
but i have come up with a simple list of things that i want to personally work on
that i am sure will provide even more happiness.

1. UNWIND- be better at reading my scriptures and saying my prayers every night. i feel like i have gotten into a horrid habit of going a million miles a day, and then hitting the pillow and just crashing. i haven't taken the time to contemplate and reflect on the day, and it's something i really want to fix.

2. RELAX- learn how to chill once in a while. i am really bad at getting stressed at the most ridiculous things. like a messy apartment, or something being out of place. i need to just calm down, and not let it get to me. because seriously, its not a big deal right?

3. LOVE IT- i really want to LOVE running. i know it sounds silly, but i want to be a runner. i want to WANT to work out. and i think this will in turn bring happiness in other ways ;) maybe i will try out a 5k or something? who knows.

4. SPICE IT UP- let's bucketlist this! i really want to make it a habit of doing at least one thing from my bucketlist every month. something fun, just for me! its life experiences right? and what better time than now to make them happen!

5. FIND COURAGE- this can be in conjunction with a myriad of things, but i want to find more courage in life. take more chances. be more confident. and not let the fear of the unknown stand in my way.

so there you have it. my new years 'resolutions' if you will. i dont really like the word resolutions, because it somehow has the negative connotation of...well...failure. and being pushed aside in the hustle of every day life, so i guess my new year 'goals' as my friend lindsay would say. or my list for the 'now year' as my buddy jason would say. whatever you call this list of mumbo jumbo, it is mine. this is my year. and i hope to make the best of it!

my horoscope even has good things to say about 2011:
Are you looking forward to a great year? You should be. One or more of your most treasured aspirations might finally become a reality. Make it happen for yourself. You're an outgoing person, with lots of friends and hobbies. 2011 will be an active year for you, and new experiences will certainly change your life in some way. At least one of your long-term goals might finally happen. All you need to watch out for is exhaustion. Too many late nights and rushed projects could take their toll. Pace yourself. A friend could convince you to start taking some classes. You may have doubts, but you're very likely to meet some great people who will share tips that could turn your life in a different direction. They can provide the last piece to a puzzle that you've tried to put together for years. New ideas and projects are definitely favored in 2011. Have a great year!

so now i leave you with some of my favorite new years quotes :
"For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning." -T.S. Eliot
"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man." -Benjamin Franklin
"Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right." -Oprah Winfrey

1 comment:

  1. I want you to like running too Whit! It took me 2 or 3 tries before I fell in love with it. Here are somethings that helped me:

    - I realized my limitations and lowered my expectations. It was foolish to think I could go out the first day and run 3 miles, so I had to start small - walk/jog intervals for 1 mile and then graudally I could increase the distance while lowereing the walk to jog ratio. It takes patience, but ultimately it was the best way for me.

    -do those races. I think the best thing for me was signing up for races so I had a specific goal and time frame to work with -it kept me motivated. Even watching a friend race was a great motivator.

    -realize there will be setbacks, but keep coming back for more. After my first 1/2 marathon I was in so much pain and I stopped running for a few months (mostly because I was injured but partly because I was like, "why do this to myself?"). Eventually the urge hit me again and I eased my way back into running.

    And now after having a baby and being out of the running scene for almost a year, I find myself back at the beginning taking it slow and easy and trying to find my way back into love. (extra points if you get that reference :)