Thursday, January 3, 2013

5 Things I Hope to Gain in 2013

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New Year's resolutions sure do include a lot of losing, don't you think?   Lose 10 lbs.   Quit smoking.  Eat less junk food.  Clean out old clothing and stuff collecting dust.   All of them come from good intentions and hopes that accomplishing them will create a better life.  Amen to that!

I've never been one for resolutions, although I wrote a list for 2005 and posted it on my wall.  I was coming off the heels of a life-changing season, and at that time, I had so many things I was trying to better in my life that I figured I might as well get the cold, hard truth on paper and call them resolutions for the new year.  (Note: The list worked, and I accomplished the entire list in 2005!)

For 2013, I want to gain.  Life is good.  Like, really goodOf course, I'd love to have more money (who doesn't?), but I feel fulfilled and satisfied by the things that really matter like health, family, marriage, independence, and education.  I don't feel like I need a set of resolutions that I need to be held accountable for.  These are just my goals for the year, I guess.

 For 2013, I hope to will gain:

+ A successful year toward my MBA.  It may seem overwhelming at times, but I know I can do this and do it well.

+ Basic sewing skills, now that I have a second-hand sewing machine.  This is a very valuable skill that I underestimated until I couldn't ask my mom to do it for me anymore.

+ Muscle.  There's only one way to do that! 

+ More patience in heated discussions.  While dealing with a bad situation with a friend over the summer, my mom reminded me to listen carefully, because "you like to interrupt."  Of course, I don't like to interrupt.  I don't mean to.  I'm glad she said that to me, because it made me reflect and consider I how handle certain situations.

+ Sleep.  Plain and simple.  I need more of it consistently, preferably 7-8 hours per night.


One far-fetched goal would be: A stamp in my passport.  Hey.  Dream big.  Cheers to a year of gaining!  If you make New Year's resolutions, what's on your list this year?

22 comments:

Mae said...

Love these!!!!!

Bev said...

Very attainable resolutions friend... especially finishing up your MBA! I know you can do it!!

I saw a pic of your mighty fine sewing machine too.. lookin' cherry gooorl!! Can't wait to see the crafts you create from that suckahhh!

A few of my 2013 goals are to eat less sugar, leave today's worries in today and not carry them over to tomorrow... and some!! The general theme for me of 2013 is to IMPLEMENT! Last year was a huge accomplishment with graduating and getting married. This year I wanna implement my successes and start my career full force, and have fun being a wifey!! (hope that made sense)

Love ya girl, and happy new years!!

Courtney said...

I love your view of gaining something instead of "losing"!

Bus Rants said...

The stamp can be achieved by coming to the UK and sampling our delightful transport system!

Betsy Transatlantically said...

hadn't thought about this before but you're absolutely right! we should be thinking about GAINING in the year, not losing. thank you :)

Harriet Phebes said...

More patience in heated discussions... love that one. it can be so hard though can't it? Sometimes you end up so frustrated you can't get your words out...

Love Harriet and Phebes :)
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Kari @ All My Good Intentions said...

Hi Lindsay! I am a new reader and I have to say I love your blog so far! I can't wait to get to know you better!

I think this idea is GENIUS! Who wants to constantly lose things during the new year?? Gaining sounds fantastic! I love this refreshing post!

Darby Hawley said...

Great list for this year! I know you can do it girl!

Lins - Domesticated Working Woman said...

LOVE this!! What a great way to start the year - gaining!

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

I love this idea of adding to your year! Great goals Lindsay, and I hope you accomplish all of them! xoxo

Ellie said...

You WILL be getting a stamp on that passport, chica!! Keep saving, and it's not that far fetched!

hotmesscoolday said...

My resolutions are broad and less about losing as well! I have things I'd like to better about myself and I think working on them continously throughout the year will be just the habit breaker I need! I posted about it yesterday :)

Gesci said...

Once again, you're so inspiring! Can you please be my life coach??

Also, my name is Gesci and I'm an excited interrupter, too.
I've self-shamed enough that I visibly cringe when I do it, but I'm afraid that just makes the person I'm doing it to suspect I think they stink! Clearly I need to self-shame to the next level: NOT interrupting!

Here's to 2013!!

Megan G. said...

I love how this is a "gain" list, how cool!! :) Great way to look at things. Happy new year!

tara said...

great list! i really want to learn how to sew too!

Empirically Erin said...

I love this point of view. The idea that gaining something can be so valuable and we forget that often. Thanks for the reminder!

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

Gaining instead of losing = WIN.
That's why you're my wise, big sista. Duh.

"More patience in heated discussions"....yeaaaah I need to get on that.

LOVE YOU!

Aspiring Kennedy said...

What a great way to look at resolutions. Being able to get more sleep every night would be a dream come true!

Michelle said...

Ooo these are good! And way to go accomplishing everything in 2005! I know that was awhile ago, but still awesome. Who can say they did that?!

BASIC SEWING SKILLS. I got a sewing machine last year, and I'm still so confused about what to do with it. I have no skills. Zero. But I have a slew of things I want to sew. That's my goal as well!

RadiantKristen said...

I love the idea of gaining instead of losing! We have so many things at our house we will be gaining this year, and with that comes a lot of stress. So the #1 thing that I am really striving for this year is staying calm during the storm. It isn't my usual m.o., but I believe I can do it!

I hope you get that passport stamp. You deserve a super-fun trip!

Emily Finta said...

I love the fact that you did things you want to gain instead of resolutions! My biggest resolution is to open a blog shop! :)

The Cavallaro's said...

If you gain some muscle, please send some to me as well! I definitely need to gain more sleep this year... YAWN!