I've realized that when it comes to New Year's Resolutions, perhaps less is more.
Last year, prior to starting 'The Diary of a Working Mother', I started a blog titled 'Expanding My Bubble, Expanding Yours' and one of my posts detailed my New Year's Resolutions for 2011.
Did you go to the link? Did you read the post? I know...I'm exhausted, too!
What I didn't realize last year, was that by having SO MANY goals, I basically set myself up for failure right from the beginning. I had SO MANY goals in SO MANY different areas. When I had even a thought of the chance of some free time, I found myself assessing my list and making sure I was doing something that was aligning to my goals. Absolutely. Exhausting. And that's how 2011 ended up being...absolutely exhausting!
Of the 10 goals I identified (not including sub-goals), I was able to complete one...to work on my book and 'The Diary of a Working Mother' by delivering a seminar at the Society of Women Engineers Conference in Chicago in October. Yay!
My biggest achievements came from items I did not plan:
- I decided to sign up for the Walt Disney World Half Marathon and not being able to run even a quarter mile, trained up to 6 miles! Unfortunately, the pregnancy did a number on my core muscles, so I had to slow down and delay the half due to a muscle strain on my abs. But, I do plan to continue to work towards completing that goal! The endorphins released from running are amazing. Week by week, I could see my accomplishments and was so proud! Additionally, the time spent running was my time...time I could use to meditate, clear my mind and de-stress. It was fantastic!
- From the work aspect, I was able to lead a team to execute a successful technology demonstration in just under 3 months. A huge accomplishment!
- Continue to work on my book/blog
- Read as much as I realistically can - if I can shoot for 6 books this year, that's great
- Complete one sewing project and one knitting project (I seriously have 20 started!)
Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.
Alice: I don't much care where.
Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn't much matter which way you go.
You need a goal...something to shoot for, something to guide you along your journey. Goals and objectives give you a clear path - you may achieve your objectives or you may not, but you will surely learn a lot about yourself along the way. And boy did I learn a lot about myself in 2011!!
"It's the journey, not the destination..."
Happy 2012 Ladies!