Monthly Archives: December 2012

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I’ve always been a Type A lister and resolutions are my thing. It’s easy to feel really inspired and motivated by the fresh start that the new year brings, but here’s how I make it last throughout the year:

1) I make my new year’s resolutions right after Christmas so that I can mess up and modify so that they actually work for me and my life when January 1st comes.

2) My resolutions list typically looks like everyone elses: exercise more, be on the internet less, enjoy life more, spend less. Trying to do to much all at once is overwhelming. While we have the best intentions when we make our list of resolutions, the truth of the matter is that there’s still dishes in the sink and work to be done and other tasks demanded of us will take priority over our best intentions. I’ve learned to be a one-step-at-a-time kind of girl. I made 12 resolutions, and I’m working on one per month. I can make a habit out of my January resolution and carry it into February; make a habit out of my February resolution and carry it into March; and so on.

3) I’ve also built mini-goals into my big resolutions.

Example A: I’ve signed up for 20-mile race at the end of February, so I’m going to build up to a 15-mile long run by January.

Example B: I want to spend less, so I’ve already created an Excel template to record how much I spend on different categories (food, leisure, transportation). All I have to do is input the expenditures.

Example C: I want to spend less time on the internet, so I’ve signed up for the local triathlon club. I’ll meet new people, go to different events, AND work towards my fitness goals.

4) I recognize that I can’t do it alone. And I shouldn’t have to! Life is way more fun when you share it with other people. 

 

What are your New Year’s Resolutions for 2013?

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[[This post is a response to a blog challenge found here.]]

I often look back to the summer I spent living and studying in Jalisco, Mexico. At the time, I had no idea how completely that country and its people would steal a piece of my heart, form an integral part of my identity, and instill in me unshakeable dreams.

I learned a lot about what it means to love someone during my weekly trips to volunteer at the orphanage. I always looked forward to playing soccer with them because the sport transcends any of our differences and makes them irrelevant. We all just loved playing soccer, and nothing else really mattered.

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I learned guitar, something I had wanted to try. Image

 

 

 

 

I appreciated the culture and history.Image

And I fell absolutely, head over heels, in love with salsa dancing.Image

But most importantly, I made lifelong friends.Image


On Christmas

My two worlds have had a tug-of-war on my heart recently:
west coast vs east coast
sun vs snow
palm trees vs powder
old vs new

But that’s not the point. There’s something about this season: the eager anticipation, the over-decorating, the giving and getting, the emphasis on being with the ones you love…It doesn’t matter where I am, Christmas holds a magic all its own.