New Years Reflections, Not Resolutions

Learn how to reflect on the past year and set new goals for a new year with our post on New Year's Reflections.
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Learn how to reflect on the past year and set new goals for a new year with our post on New Year's Reflections.

The end of the year is creeping up (more like sprinting), and that usually means declarations of New Year's resolutions. Well, I have a confession to make. I have never made a New Year's resolution. Seriously! I don't understand setting unrealistic goals for yourself that you know you are going to break by the end of your trial membership at the gym. To be honest, I am usually in bed in time to be woken up from an almost-sleep by fireworks from the neighbors when the ball drops. I'm not exactly a night owl...

That being said, I usually do spend some of my end-of-the-year free time reflecting on the past year, and thinking about what I've done, what I want to keep doing, what I want to change, etc. So, instead of keeping it all in my head, I am going to write a few things down, in "cyber stone", for all of you to see! Here goes...

Lengthen My Days

No, I can't literally lengthen the time in my day, but I can take better advantage of my free time!

I work really quickly on most things, so my time spent on things I need to get done is short. I decide to do it, then I do it, and then I'm finished, with a "Now what?" situation. I could move on to the next step, but then I wouldn't have anything to do, you know, tomorrow.

Bottom line? I'm obviously not occupying myself like I could be. So I want to do more with my extra time. I haven't figured out how that is going to happen yet, but it will!

Running

Starting mid-January, I will be in my student-teaching internship semester. The first bell rings at 7:10 a.m. and getting back out to the gym for my usual exercise class after I am home from an 8-hour day with a bunch of 6th graders will probably be just the thing I do not want to do. What do I do now?

Run. I usually don't jog or run - I have been doing a group exercise class called Body Pump for as long as I can remember, but come this semester, I won't be able to fit the classes into my schedule. I like to run and it helps get my frustration out and spend time with just me. And hanging out with 20 6th graders all day is bound to be frustrating at least 5/5 days of the school week! So I'm going to run wherever and just deal with the crowds.

Bonus! I will be able to skip that dreaded time period between January 1st and February 1st when the gym is flooded with people taking advantage of their new memberships. It's like being a commuter student and longing for the day after the 1st wave of exams, when there will be more parking spaces on campus because people dropped classes. Bliss!

Be More Social

I am not a social butterfly. I usually tell people that I am a much better hostess than I am a guest, and it's true! As a guest, I have no job to do, my hands are not busy doing something, and what if I don't know anyone and have to talk to strangers? Ahhhhh!

I want to be more social and work towards feeling more comfortable around people I don't know well. I would love to be able to walk into a room full of strangers and not even care that I don't see a friendly face. I want to talk to people I wouldn't normally have conversations with. Hang out with new people, and all that jazz.

Let's get real here, though, this won't happen overnight or even be perfected this year. It may never happen completely, but you know what? I can work at getting even better! Who knows, maybe next January you will see me comfortably eating alone at a restaurant! Baby steps.

Now it's time for your reflections!

Whether you like to set concrete resolutions or simply evaluate your year, the last few days of each year are usually a time for reflecting and reminiscing. As we end our year, look back and remember the fun things you did and dream about things you want to do this year. *Cue Christina Aguilera passionately singing "Reflection"*

Thoughts?

We want to hear from YOU - what types of New Year's resolutions do you usually make? Do you evaluate your year and reflect on what you have accomplished? What do you want to change in the new year? Let me know in the comments!