So I know this post is looong over due, since it is actually almost February. But I figure that it is never too late to reflect and do some soul searching.
When the New Year came around I wasn’t really prepared for 2012 to be over. I also wasn’t exactly sure what I expected out of 2013. As with most people, I’d like to take the New Year as an opportunity to make some changes in my life and better myself as a person. After much thought and consideration I have come up with a plan for myself to get the most out of this New Year.
As some people may know, my 2012 New Year’s Resolution was to read a novel every 2 weeks (26 books for the year). However, with school work and adopting my new puppy I managed to only read 13 books the entire year. While that’s still more than I typically read, I was disappointed I only made it through half my goal. So I’m setting the same goal for myself again, and hopefully I can actually do it this time!
School is just one of those things that most of us HAVE to go to more than we WANT to go to. Personally, I know I take this privilege for granted. And since I have recently spent lots of time with old friends that didn’t go to college (for various reasons) I’m beginning to realize what a treasure my education is. Not only that, but I have a family that is supporting me in doing something that I love, even if it may not have the brightest of job markets. So instead of being the lazy college student that I am so apt to identifying with, I am making a point to take pride in my schooling (meaning: actually getting up for class, not procrastinating, and going the extra mile on my projects.) Not only will I get more out of my classes, but I’m sure my grades will appreciate the hard work as well 🙂
Since I am newly single, I feel like I need to make more “me” time. All too often I put others’ thoughts and cares above my own (to a fault) and end up getting let down or walked all over. I need to start standing up for myself and figuring out what I specifically want out of life, rather than what will make someone else happy. While I believe I have the world’s greatest friends and family, I cannot depend on anybody but myself to make me happy.
This past summer my brother started recording me playing some covers of songs for youtube. We have continued to have so much fun learning more about recording and filming, and plan on this being a long term thing. But playing my guitar more has made me really start thinking about writing my own music. I have come across some friends, or friends of friends, that write their own stuff and are really quite impressive. I still have a lot to learn when it comes to writing but if I start making a big effort in that direction, who knows what could happen.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, mainly because I saw a post on Pinterest where people did little acts of kindness and I thought it was a fantastic idea. Upon looking into it further I found that there is actually a club on my campus that makes this their main purpose. I love doing things for people and the idea that it’s anonymous is very intriguing. I mean, how cool would it be to know you helped make some stranger’s day a little brighter 🙂
Sorry for the diary-like post but I hope this will inspire some of you to do your own self reflections this year. If you’ve already given it some thought, what are some resolutions you have made for 2013?