Friday, February 1, 2013

February Check Up: Resolutions

We've all done it: We've made resolutions at the start of the new year and then broken them, time and time again. This had grown into a tradition of sorts for me. In November of 2012 I accidentally stumbled upon the piece of notebook paper where my husband and I had written our New Years resolutions. I'd forgotten about most of the ones I made, reminded only by the words I was now seeing on the page. We had both failed miserably. 

That was a wake up call to me: Do I really want to be the kind of person who makes goals and never achieves them? The girl who makes promises only to break them. HECK NO.  I thought about the goals I usually made: things like run more, eat healthier, do better in school. But isn't that all relative? Run more than what? Eat healthier....than what? Being so general didn't set a bar anywhere so I never felt motivated enough to really push. 

So this year, I tried something different. I created goals I could measure. "Run more" became "Run a half marathon" and "read more" became "read 24 books."  I made the list pretty and printed it out so I could see it all the time to remind me of what I needed to do. Now a frequent question I ask myself is "Did I do anything to day to help accomplish my goals? Am I doing enough?"

I think it's working out wonderfully so far. 

Daryl's Monthly Resolution Checkup: 

Run a Half Marathon:  This one could probably be going better than it is. I've been weight training several times a week with my husband and doing cardio very often, so I do feel my body and endurance level getting stronger. However, I know I need to incorporate longer runs into my workout schedule to be able to build up the strength for a half marathon. 

Become Comfortable in Vinyasa Flow: I'm pretty comfortable in Hatha Yoga Classes, for those of you who know what that means. However I went to Vinyasa flow and it was way out of my element and in many ways much more advanced. I'd like to be feeling comfortable with Vinyasa Flow by the end of the year. As far as progress for this goes, I haven't been doing much yoga in January but that's because the Yoga Studio in my town hasn't been open. It opens today! Wish me luck on my first class. 

Read the Four Gospels by Easter:  I was doing very well with this up until this past week where I let time get away from me. Luckily, this post wil embarrass me enough to get me right back on track! I've mapped out how many chapters I need to read a day to make this happen.

Get a 4.0 this Semester:  I'm at the end of my 3rd week back at school and things are going very well. I  know I have straight A's so far! I'm enjoying all of my classes so I feel I'll be able to keep it up.

Invent 5 new recipes and photograph them:  This goal will hopefully help me squash my fear of food photography. I LOVE FOOD and want to blog more about my cooking adventures, but I don't feel comfortable posting many recipes unless they have awesome photographs to go with them. So far I've been playing with a couple recipes and reading a book on food photography. I have plans to start playing with the actual photography part on Saturday. 

Get Paid to Photograph a Wedding: Check! I've booked a wedding for the summer. I've shot weddings before, but they've always been as gifts for my close friends or family. This will my first wedding as a "professional."

Have my blog featured in a major publication: This can be online or print, though online definitely seems more likely! Though it's not "my blog," I've recently had an amazing opportunity to have some photography of mine featured in a bridal magazine which will be issued this spring :) More on that later! 

Read 24 books:  I barely read last year. 24 books in a year still isn't a hugely impressive number, but two a month seems realistic for me. I've just finished my second book which puts me right on track.

That's how I'm doing so far. What were your resolutions? How are you faring? I'd love to get a discussion going!


Megan said...

I am glad your resolutions are going well and I am happy I could even help with one YAY! This year I felt the same way. I am sick of saying I will be healthier and don't do it. So my way of achieving this was to set monthly goals and then give my self a reward for doing them. January was easy I completely stopped drinking soda. Now I am rewarding myself with bubble bars from Lush. February will be harder though my goal is to walk at least 30 min a day.

ifs ands Butts said...

So exciting about your shot being featured in a Bridal magazine - you're on your way! Great goals!

Maria Larsen said...

Good luck with all of your goals. The bridal magazine sounds awesome though. Congratulations.
xo, Maria

holly via said...

Great job so far! I'm sure a check in each month will provide an accountability factor and hopefully help you keep up with them.

What books did you read last month? Anything you'd recommend?

Gina Alyse said...

24 books seems like such a good number! 2 a month sounds like it's doable. I think I might keep that in mind for next year as I make my goals.

Also, congrats on the A's in school and your featured photography! How exciting!!

xo, gina

Jenna said...

Sounds like you're making awesome progress! So exciting about the wedding photography feature :) I only have one goal this year... finish Master's. So far we're one week in and it's going ok ;)


Emily Madison said...

I am coming from Olive and Ivy! I thought I would check out your blog and it is absolutely amazing! These are great goals!

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Sierra said...

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Jessica said...

Good luck training for the half marathon! (I get so excited when I hear take up running!) Remember that diet and actually running is so important. Everyone is different, but you have to find what works for you! Here is my link to how I'm doing: -Jessica L

Danielle Noah said...

Great resolutions, Daryl!

Nike just launched a training plan that may help with the half marathon. I downloaded the calendar but haven't started yet. I am pretty sure we can own this resolution in 2013. (you can find it on their facebook page

Good luck!

Dani //

Diana, Down Home Traveler said...

Great resolutions!
Vinyasa is amazing! Stay with it!

The Little Flapper said...

Yay for New Year Resolutions! I've been making a bigger effort at keeping up with mine this year too!

I can't believe you haven't gotten compensated for wedding, your pictures are beautiful. You definitely have a talent there :)

Winter Sundays said...

I didn't really make resolutions this year. . .well, I wrote out a list and then decided to opt for word. This year my word/theme is peace. That said, tangible works too! I just heart your resolution to read 24 books. I used to be an avid reader and somehow fell off. Back on the saddle again! :-)


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