Well, it is that time again. Time to make a list of things that I want to accomplish in the next year. For those of you who have been reading for awhile, you might remember my 2011 Resolutions. If not, click the link and go read it. I am going to revisit those and see how I did. I have to say overall, I am happy with the results. A few things really irked me because they were silly things I could have accomplished and made excuses.
So to recap quickly, my resolutions were broken down into 3 categories – health (like every other man, woman or bride on earth), personal, and business. So let’s go back to the future and check them out.
In the health category, I wanted to continue to eat healthy and take care of myself, run the Race for a Cure, and run a 10k by the end of the year. Pass, fail, fail. I did take better care of myself. I did eat better. I didn’t run the races. This is the part that I am pretty bummed about to be honest. I was running three to four times a week at 3 miles a pop. I could have EASILY run those races. I made excuses and didn’t set aside the time to actually register and run them. They will go onto 2012’s resolutions by default because if I fail to meet a goal, it can’t end just because the year is over. I have to keep trying!
In the personal category, I wanted to be a better friend, wife and family member. I think I have made progress in this area. I made more time for friends, but not enough time. Getting married takes up a lot of time. Planning my wedding consumed my life for a majority of 2011. I did make an effort to text/call people more often and send random cards, but was awful in actually setting up times to spend QT with my girlfriends, my mom and dad, my doggies and my husband. I do work a lot. But again, that is just an excuse. I remember a time when I was working part-time, going to college full-time, president of my sorority, a philanthropist, a girlfriend, a best friend, a daughter and overall awesome person I just make excuses! Time to man up. Or friend up. Whatever.
Again, for those of you who have been reading me for awhile, you know that this was a crazy year for me in general. Business-wise, it has been a whirlwind. I decided in fall of 2010 to launch my wedding planning business. It was slow. No one ever said it was going to happen over night. I just kept pushing. Trying to find new ideas and ways to market myself became the way I spent my commute to my day job. I registered for conferences in Vegas and webinars/conference calls to continue learning and growing. This one is hard because I did have to make a tough decision to let go of my own business for the time being. But at the same time, I am now doing what I love every single day rather than just dreaming about it. I know at some point, I will own my own business. So technically, I didn’t fail at building my business because everything I do on a daily basis is only helping me to build a business for myself in the future.
Another part of this was to clean and organize my office so I have a place to work while I am at home. One of the best parts about my job with the Mansion is that I work from home a few days during the week when I do not have tours scheduled. The office became a necessity because I could either get a TON done without distractions sitting in my office or I can get nothing done because I set up at my dining room table. Two dogs and a husband did not make for a very serene environment. I still haven’t gotten my desk. I’ve been using two 4 foot folding tables end to end with a table cloth as a desk. Do you know how hard it is to find exactly what you want and not be willing to budge?! But thanks to my best friend’s dad, I am having one built for me. It is going to be perfect. And you bet your bottom I will post a picture of it once it is done. It’s going to be glorious.
I also promised that I would blog at least once a week. I didn’t fully succeed on this either. I missed one week. Missing one out of 52 weeks isn’t too shabby! Especially since I got married and was out of the country for 9 days! The real goal wasn’t to necessarily blog every week. It was to keep myself motivated and always researching and staying on top of the trends. It was about not letting my dream slip away because I was wrapped up in everything else or just plain being lazy. I have become a frequent blogger. I love writing. I may not be the best writer in the world, but I am getting better and better with each post. That was really the goal.
I am going to be writing another post soon with new resolutions for 2012. I share these things not because I want you to be up in my business, but because I want to be held accountable. I truly am disappointed that I never ran those races. You better believe I will do it in 2012. Heck, I may even find myself a 5k and run it before the end of the year. It’s not over yet! I am generally happy with the way the rest of the year has gone. I think this year I have become a better person and have grown a lot. I’ve come to accept that life is life. Good and bad things are going to happen. You just gotta roll with the punches. You won’t always meet your goals, but as long as you are working toward them you will get there someday.
So stay tuned for my new resolutions for 2012. Maybe some of you will share yours with me. We can be accountability buddies. So start thinking and get ready to be held accountable.