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New Year's Resolutions Progress Report

Saturday, April 02, 2011

How are you doing with your New Year's Resolutions? I hope you are making good progress and still pumped up about your goals!

This is my official (TOTALLY HONEST) update on my five goals for 2011:

5. RUN
My goal is to run a 5k race by December.
I have not this done yet, BUT I have been running consistently 2-3 days a week and I am so happy with the results. I don't mean the physical changes, but how running outside has really lifted my spirits and helped my emotional tolerance for stress. I have learned to love the process of just being outside and enjoying the fresh air and the way it makes me feel. When I am running, I feel so thankful for my body and for having time to myself. If I never lose another pound, I will still run because of the way it makes me feel.

Grade: B+ "Extensive Achievement"

My goal is to write/type my journal at least 3 days a week.
I have been faithfully and you could even say 'religiously' journaling almost every single day. This is another activity that I have been enjoying immensely. Not only am I enjoying it, but I am benefiting from it emotionally and spiritually from the honest self reflection that leads to making positive changes. The insights I gain from journaling are often painful and challenging, but when I take the time to consciously examine them, I definitely see my life improve.

Grade: A "Exceptional Achievement"

3. FUN
My goal is to regularly schedule fun activities for myself rather than depriving myself of enjoyment.
This was another wise decision for me because I realized that I was working against myself by denying myself any pleasure. However, it's a tricky situation because the past few months I have struggled with keeping balance between priorities and over indulgence. As a result, some of my priorities were neglected and there have been consequences. Now, I DID benefit from the time spent having fun. It's good for my soul. It's part of my healing process. It was much needed and appreciated. But it has its place. And fortunately, I recently had a very serious come-to-jesus talk with myself and I have realized my error. Another life lesson learned!

Grade: C "Acceptable Achievement"

My goal is to make meditation a daily practice.
DONE! Now, it was hard at first. It takes time to train your mind and body to sit in stillness. I still fall asleep now and again, but I'm doing something that I had never thought was possible for me before. It's not perfect. But it's MY practice. And that's all it needs to be - my perfectly imperfect meditation practice.

Grade: A "Exceptional Achievement"

My goal is to graduate by June. Technically I still have time, but this is one of the consequences that I mentioned above. Due to my frolicking and fun, I did not get as much work done on my thesis as I had planned. I missed critical deadlines and now I have a lot of catching up to do. This has been my greatest challenge. This is what gives me the most amount of stress. But there is hope. There is also a lot of unknown.....

Grade: D "Minimal Achievement"


Overall Grade for Winter 2011 Term: C+

In conclusion, I did a lot of work, and it looks like I have a lot MORE work to do.

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  • SILLYHP1953
    Your thesis, when you finish it, should be excellent because your blog really shows your insightfulness.
    3698 days ago
    Oh my, you are brave for grading yourself. This recovering over-achiever/ perfectionist refuses! Anything less than an A would send me spiraling down into the depths of despair - and I admit that I don't give out A's to myself frequently. Daily journal, daily meditation, running three times a week? You get praise of achievement from me and the OH MY GODDESS award!
    3699 days ago
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