For the past three years, I’ve made a list of “non-resolutions” rather than resolutions. (You can see my first set non-resolutions from 2011 here.)
I do this so I can remember what I’ve done right over the past year instead of focusing on what I think I’m doing wrong.
You might remember that, last year, I invited readers to submit their non-resolutions and got dozens of responses, which you can still read here. (And this year to celebrate the new year I invited readers to submit photos for my new Tumblr photo blog, “The Real You Project.”)
Even though I spent New Year’s Day focusing on The Real You Project, that doesn’t mean I want to stop the great tradition of non-resolutions. To that end, here are my non-resolutions for this year:
1) In terms of my health, I’m thrilled that I managed to amp up my exercise program a good deal over the past twelve months. A year ago, I had gotten in a bit of a slump. I was still exercising about an hour a day, but I only did one kind of activity: walking. But since then, I’ve added a little bit of running and a local boot camp class three times a week to my exercise routine. The result is that I am more much more toned, tighter, and stronger than I was before, and I love that. I also love the camaraderie of boot camp. I don’t know what I would do without my boot camp buddies—they motivate me every single day.
2) I’m glad too that I had another good year in my relationships with friends and family, whom I feel closer to every day.
3) In addition to writing this blog, I am also a writer of books. But sometimes the books take a backseat to other things—like teaching and blogging. That’s why I am so happy to be able to say that I finally finished the book I’ve been working on for four long years. It’s a memoir about meeting my biological family called You Belong to Us, and I’m now in the final proofreading stages and will have this thing done before the end of January.
4) Speaking of teaching, I’ve been through some rough times with my “day job” over the past few years. My job is not ideal because I am not on the tenure track where I teach, which basically means I teach more and get paid less. But I do love to teach, and this past semester I was finally able to focus more on the positive aspects of my teaching gig—like job security and benefits and my great students—than those negative aspects.
5) Finally I’m so proud to say that I’m starting 2013 on a more positive note about my body than I was a year ago. At the end of 2011, I gained five pounds in just two days—though I still have no idea why. So I started 2012 five pounds heavier than I’d ever been, and I was really feeling awful about it. Since then, I haven’t lost those five pounds—they seem to be here to stay—but I have managed to develop a better attitude about them. No, I’m never going to be skinny, but I am healthy and happy, which is more important than worrying about a few silly pounds that clearly needed a home.
Okay, those are my non-resolutions.
What are yours???