Tuesday, January 3, 2012

my 2012 goals & resolutions!

the new year never feels quite right until i've made official my annual goals. every year, i tend to set goals related to health, diet, and fitness... and i either fail miserably or feel miserable. not a good start to the year!

i'm doing things a little differently this year. i started the year with coffee, chips, chocolate, taffy, and zero exercise. it felt liberating (but see my note below). for 2012, i set goals related to finances and organization, which i've described both in the below video and in this blog post.

you may have already read or heard this somewhere but the key is to set SMART goals for success: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely. i tried to keep that in mind while setting my 8 goals but a couple of them are still too vague for my liking (i.e. goals 6 & 7).

the above video goes into detail about how or why i decided to set each of the below goals but for ease of reference (more for myself), here are my 8 goals for 2012:

1. photo-a-day project of hubby and me.
- take at least one photo every day for 366 days of hubby and me together.
- simple point-and-shoot photos will suffice.

2. 100 day thrifting challenge.
- buy only second hand merchandise until april 10, 2012.
- excludes makeup and basics (socks & underwear) for hygienic reasons.
- wear a minimum of one thrifted item each day until april 10, 2012.
- initially, this was going to be a one year thrifting challenge so i may extend it if it goes well.

3. savings goal + rewards!
- when i reach 50% of my savings goals, i can purchase one luxury item.
- when i reach 100% of my savings goals, i can purchase one additional luxury item.

4. one new beauty product per month.
- i can purchase one new beauty product each month in addition to the samples included in my beauty boxes (glymm & topbox).
- i can only subscribe to two beauty boxes at a time.
- does not include replacement items (i.e. if i run out of a product, i can re-purchase the same or a very similar product).

5. one litre of water per day.
- drink at least one litre of water per day in addition to any other beverages (tea, coffee, juice, etc.).

6. figure out the mess that is my hair.
- learn how to style my own hair so it looks presentable.

7. decorate, de-clutter & re-organize.
- put up photographs and artwork using the frames previously purchased.
- de-clutter the condo one area at a time.
- find organization solutions for my shoes, handbags, jewellery, makeup, etc.

8. keep a better record of events.
- go back to using a hard copy planner.
- compile a visual history using the information in the planner and the associated photographs.

note: i used to be really really healthy. i didn't consume caffeine, i did yoga three times a week, i lifted weights, i did cardio, i drank only water (and unsweetened soy milk on occasion), i cooked healthy meals, and i didn't eat chips or instant noodles. i even took a multi-vitamin every day. i think it is important to have a healthy lifestyle and i want to transition back to my old ways... it just won't be part of my new year's "resolutions" - instead, it will happen when i feel motivated to make the change.

do you make resolutions or goals for the new year? if so, please let me know what some of those are! :)

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