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2012 New Year’s Intentions

I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t feeling the New Year’s resolutions this year. This is almost blasphemy for a goal-maker such as myself, but all in all, I’m happy with where I stood on January 1, 2012. I am relatively healthy. My monthly budget is workable. No regrets. No big goals unachieved (except for the elusive 5k run.)

Instead of resolutions, I’m giving this year purpose. Seven purposes, actually.

In yoga, a good teacher begins class by giving you a moment to come up with an intention for that practice. For me it is sometimes physical (stretch the hips!), but for the most part, it is a sentiment that can come off the mat. Given the nature of yoga, I think the latter is the point. So I have come up with seven intentions to focus on in yoga and in real life. Seven is a magic number because I could do one per day of the week, but I’m going to let this play out and see what works best. My morning run may be “test”, while forcing myself to stop checking email at 9pm may be “balance”.

Maggie’s 2012 Intentions

  • Balance
  • Test
  • Communicate
  • Clean
  • Celebrate
  • Environment
  • Support

I am very excited about this new version of resolutions. Stay tuned throughout the year to see how this plays out. I have a feeling that taking the specific pressure of “run a 5k in under 30 minutes” off of the list might give me permission to actually meet that challenge. Let’s see!

What are your goals for 2012?

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2011 Year in Review Goal 2: Be Happy

As we finish 2011, I could not possibly be happier! I married the man of my dreams. I’ve got my health. I live in a beautiful home. I can wear pajamas to work and my “co-worker” Noah just sleeps most of the day. Life is good! But how did I do on the sub-categories??

Goal: Be happy.

  • Take more pictures
  • Share pictures and stories via blogs.
  • Make a homemade dinner at least four times per week.
  • Pay it forward at least once a month.

I did a slightly better job taking pictures this year, but I sure got a lot of help from friends, family, and wicked good photographers for the big stuff. As for sharing them, well…you better be my friend on Facebook or in real life. I plan on adding more pictures  to blog posts in 2012.

I’m proud of the documentation of our honeymoon. Hopefully y’all were able to play along from home pretty well. I didn’t do the best sharing the rest of the year, but I’m sure we can all agree I over share and you feel like you know plenty about my 2011.

A homemade dinner four times a week may not seem like that big a stretch for some of you, but with all of our extracurriculars and our how much we like to go out to eat, Randy and I weren’t eating a non-cold-sandwich meal at home very often. I can’t tell you specifics, but we did get better in 2011! Many thanks to our CSA, Springdale Farms, for providing us with abundant produce, the #mkefoodies group for inspiring me to freeze a lot of things in the summer, and my favorite food blog loves  for providing me with inspiration. I found a really cool calendar for 2012 to help me plan out fresh, healthy meals. Check it out here.

I made a very conscious effort to “pay it forward” in 2011. The whole point of this exercise is to be a humble person helping out their fellow man, so I won’t give you specifics. I’ll just say I did it. Happily. Hopefully this exercise becomes habit and I’ll continue this practice for all years to come.

In 2012, I hope to dedicate more time and communication to specific charities. I think I have found my home in a couple of local nonprofits. I look forward to getting more involved in the new year. If anything, I think I might over share vs. not tell y’all enough, so the blogging might stay the same or happen a little less. I’m also hoping 2012 is a little less eventful than 2011. This was a crazy year!

Do you volunteer? Do you prefer one-time opportunities or a year-long commitment?

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