You know, I used to really like New Year’s Resolutions… when I was little. But as amusing as they were, I’d never completed a “resolution”; most of mine were unrealistic which drove me to eventually stop trying (and caring). Instead, I began to just have a list of goals for myself for the year to come. This seemed to work out, but it’s been a casual list and I usually didn’t share ’em. (A few items on my lists from the past years have been: “lose weight”, “eat healthier”, “be more understanding”, “get better grades in your classes”.)


This year, I’ve decided to instead challenge myself with a goal every month. (This idea was partly inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s book, The Happiness Project.) Why am I doing this?

It’s simple: I’d like to focus on different aspects of myself this year in a more concrete and accountable way. (If you didn’t realize by now, I’m a very reflective person.) Each goal is attached to an overall improvement strategy I have for myself, which I am planning to elaborate on when I blog about my progress each month. I made sure my goals were realistic, but still challenging and I am really excited! In addition to these 12 goals, 2012 is going to be a big year for me personally so I am welcoming it with open arms!!

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Reflective Question: What’s your biggest challenge when it comes to “resolutions”?

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  • Thanks for sharing this with me Maria, love the concept! I may need to do the same.

  • This is a REALLY great idea. I already made my resolutions / goals for the year, but I might try to sneak some of these in!  Having something to focus on every month is great! Can’t wait to see your daily blog posts and pictures! 

    • Thanks! It’s keeping me excited about every goal/month. Let me know what you decide to do :)

      I’m excited for the daily blogging/photos, too! Mostly because I know they are going to be really challenging!

  • That’s a great idea, Maria! April, October and December would be tough for me!

    • When I look at it, I realize how tough all of these will be for me! (Which was really the point!) I know I’m going to feel SO GOOD when I accomplish these!

  • I loved The Happiness Project! It’s such an amazing book! And amazing challenges! 

    • Isn’t it?! It’s become one of my favourites and I keep reading it over and over. Any other books like it you’ve read?

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