HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I know I'm a day late, but I think we can all agree that being on time just isn't my style. I rang in the New Year with some of my dearest friends. Honestly, I was excited for 2012 to begin because 2011 was not the best year of my life. Nothing really bad happened, but it was a difficult and trying year. Needless to say I'm pretty excited to have a fresh start.
Last year I only made three resolutions: to be optimistic, to finish a half marathon, and to take time for myself everyday. How did I do? Well, I finished the half back in February, but I don't think that I did very well on my other resolutions. I struggled with some personal things and let a lot of things get to me in ways that I shouldn't have. I also let school/work/other obligations eat into any time that I had earmarked for myself.
So what's on tap for 2012? Looking ahead - two more semesters of law school will be under my belt, hopefully a decent summer job, a few trips to visit friends over the summer, and I'm going to be a bridesmaid (I know, again) in October.
Now for resolutions. There are only a few things that I want to accomplish this year. First, and most importantly, I believe that I need more balance in my life. This kind of transcends everything. I need to make more of a point to enjoy myself during school (as in taking a break from the books on Friday nights and having some actual fun). I need to make more time for friends. I need to get rid of known stressors (like all of the clutter that is currently occupying way too much space in my bedroom). I'd even like to become more balanced in my approach to working out (that's right - no more running only! I'd like to incorporate free weights, swimming, and maybe even pilates into my life this year).
Other than that, I'm going to stand up for myself a little bit more this year. There had been several times over this past year where I let people do things that hurt me, times where I should have put my foot down and stood up for myself. I could pick these moments out as they were happening, but let them slide anyways. This year, I'm going to say something and not give people the opportunity and permission to do so.
That's really it for this year. I hope that 2012 is filled with love and joy; good times and memories; friends and laughter. Happy New Year to you all, dear readers.