Last December, there was a thread in Veggie Views asking if anyone had resolutions. I put a couple up that I had created SMART goals for. I was feeling pretty confident; I had made an action plan and put activities in my calendar.
Long story short, my main resolutions were plucked from the most common New Year’s resolutions of our time: save money and lose weight.
At the end of November, someone revived the thread: how was everyone doing on those resolutions? At the surface, I had straight up failed to achieve my New Year’s 2013 resolutions. My debt (mostly student loans) had barely budged and I actually gained weight. Yet, I was happier than ever.
Instead of feeling bad about not reaching those goals I set last year, I reflected on how those goals started to become less important throughout the year. When I made up those grand plans, I was working at a job that I enjoyed but it wasn’t my passion. I was living in a small town, which I loved, but away from my SO. Not knowing what the future would hold, I made plans based on where I was in that moment of life. I couldn’t have known that midway through the year, I would move to a new city, start a new business, and basically make a new life for myself.
How can I possibly feel bad about failing at my 2013 New Year’s resolutions? Well, I don’t. I feel wonderful about having developed new and exciting priorities. But I do have a couple resolutions for 2014.
Resolution: noun, firm decision to do or not to do something
“resolution”. Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press, n.d. Web. 27 December 2013. <http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/resolution>.