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etben ([personal profile] etben) wrote2012-12-31 01:01 pm
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So last year I made a post about what I wanted to get done in 2012, and today I am in a pensive sort of mood, so here is how I did on those goals:

2012 in review:

automate lunch - bring something EVERY DAY that will sustain me for the rest of the day, ideally something I packed the night before. ENH. I definitely have brought a lunch almost every day! …I have definitely NOT managed to pack it the night before on a regular basis. *hands* Tentative win on this one, with room remaining for improvement.

dinner: branch out and make MORE DIFFERENT RECIPES, especially more things with vegetables, because vegetables are fucking awesome. …I have no idea on this one. Our meal-planning skills are great when we remember to use them, and kind of haphazard otherwise, but I feel like we mostly managed to eat like humans during 2012? Still haven't gotten around my FUCK YOU WHAT DO YOU MEAN I NEED TO MAKE ANOTHER DISH? -block on side dishes.

drink less beer on school nights…not really, no. I LIKE BEER, OKAY?

join the Y and swim a few times a week? AHAHAHAHA NOPE. I did have a fairly successful yoga streak in there, before school started back, but swimming absolutely didn't happen, and I'm okay with that.

Lay out my clothes for work the night before, in order to avoid the sneaky hate spiral of early-morning decisions. WINNAR.

Relatedly, check the weather before choosing clothes for the next day. …less of a winner, but it's also not so much a big deal now that I drive to work.

Read books with pages on a semi-regular basis; visit BPL every so often. …yes? in the way where I definitely read more than I was expecting to this year, but not nearly as much as I wanted to. Call this an ongoing goal.

Call or videochat my parents once a week; call my brother at least once a month. Getting there! I almost always remember to call my folks on Sunday evening (except this month, because I am an asshole), and the brother and I have agreed that we will talk more often in 2013.

Be awesome at my full-time student teaching gig. CHECK.

Graduate. CHECKITTY CHECK, oh god I'm not going to be in school again for the forseeable future HOW WEIRD IS THAT.

Get a job starting next fall. Check!

So those were my goals! I feel like I mostly did okay at them, with the exception of a few things that turned out to not be that important after all.

I'm trying to think of a pat way of summing up 2012, and I just...I really can't. 2012 had dead relatives and family togetherness time on both sides of the aisle, and some of it was really hard and a lot of it was wicked awkward, but on the whole, I like the people I'm related to. At the end of 2011, I was a full-time grad student, working in an office and student teaching one day a week; now, at the end of 2012, I'm a full-time teacher getting paid in actual dollars to learn kids how to talk French more gooder. I got my freaking master's, guys, and J's family met my family and nothing exploded. I had possibly one of the hardest summers ever at camp, full of stuff that I'm still turning over in my head. J and I adopted a second cat. J and I got engaged.

So, yeah. That happened. Thanks for being around, internet!

[identity profile] 2012-12-31 06:31 pm (UTC)(link)
That is a pretty dang awesome year, even with the really hard stuff, you rocked it like a grown up! A really fun and funny grown up who only goes to school to teach :D.
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[identity profile] 2012-12-31 07:19 pm (UTC)(link)
I just - I have a full-time job that pays me in DOLLARS, not room and board and Good Life Experiences but actual DOLLARS, and I will have this job for at least another six months, and probably a few years past that, and I'm not in school at ALL. I hardly recognize myself!

[identity profile] 2012-12-31 06:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay you! I love reading these year-end resolution posts. I've been thinking on and off what to put in mine, and so far I have only one thing ("be good to myself," basically, though I can spin it out into more detail) and reading yours makes me think maybe I should be more detailed, because the more detailed it is the more likely I am to actually do it.
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[identity profile] 2012-12-31 07:18 pm (UTC)(link)
yeah, it can definitely be helpful to be more specific - like, okay, you want to be good to yourself, that's awesome, but what does being good to yourself look like? how will you know that you are being good to yourself? there's actually a ton of stuff on the education side of things to back this up - creating specific goals with actual action steps and measures of progress helps your brain get going on things, whether it's a school thing or just a general life thing.

WHICH IS A LONG-WINDED WAY OF SAYING, hey, you're pretty rad, I support your efforts to be good to yourself regardless of the form those efforts take! ♥

[identity profile] 2013-01-04 03:52 am (UTC)(link)
WHICH IS A LONG-WINDED WAY OF SAYING, hey, you're pretty rad, I support your efforts to be good to yourself regardless of the form those efforts take! ♥

Hey, no, I love it! It's really interesting to me actually. Sister C and I are travelling together (as you may have gathered) and we keep talking about New Year's resolutions, and we've been talking about exactly this, about how to make them more detailed and hence more follow-able. (Not a word, but you know what I mean.) I have this tendency to be like, "well, if you break your resolution once that's the end of that," which really isn't helpful given that it's already January 3 and I've broken resolutions already. If I were to obey that initial instinct, I'd never make any progress! Instead I think I'll chalk it up to the stress of travelling and instead try my best to begin once I get home.

[identity profile] 2012-12-31 07:36 pm (UTC)(link)
this is such a great list, and man, go you. :D

[identity profile] 2012-12-31 07:51 pm (UTC)(link)

[identity profile] 2012-12-31 07:51 pm (UTC)(link)
you had an amazing year! and I am TOTALLY IMPRESSED with picking outfits the night before - that is one of the things I hated most about packing for the gym. DECISIONS ARE HARD. and READING BOOKS WITH PAGES is high on my list of goals for 2013 as well. But seriously, LOOK at you: student teacher! GRADUATED. JOB. ENGAGED. you are amazing and wonderful and here's to 2013 being awesome, as well!

[identity profile] 2012-12-31 08:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Girl, you did a LOT this past year, holy shit. Congratulations on rocking out in 2012, and best wishes for a FABULOUS 2013! <333333

[identity profile] 2012-12-31 11:46 pm (UTC)(link)
<3333 you did awesome this year, bb. have fun tonight!!!