Another year is almost gone, and once again I’m wondering where the time went.
It feels like I was just making my 2012 New Year’s Resolutions and now it’s already time for me to review them.
I feel pretty good about the progress made on my resolutions. I’m far from perfect, but at least I can say I tried.
Here’s how I did with my 2012 New Year’s Resolutions:
Replenish our savings. We were doing great at replenishing our decimated savings at the mid-year mark. And then we had a very expensive garage repair that set us right back to square one. Some might say that this goal was a failure, but I don’t think so. We DID replenish our savings, but a mid-year unexpected expenses (like the garage and our minivan troubles) wiped it out again. If we hadn’t replenished our savings, things would have been much worse for us.
Create a family binder and “just in case’ file. I got my “Just in Case” file done early in the year and was happy I had finished it before I took my first flight (ever!) on an airplane this year. It feels good to know my family will have critical information for our home management in case I’m not around to help.
Give our family room a makeover. This was one of the best projects we did all year! We gave the family room a makeover on a budget and we use the space more than we ever have before. And the kids even seem to do a better job of keeping the toys picked up!
Start walking. Ugh. Another year, another failure in the fitness and weight loss category. We were working out regularly at a gym when we were running the kids to town for preschool three days a week. But when summer came, we stopped going to town as much, and then money got tight and we dropped the gym membership. I have no excuse for not taking up walking on my own (after all, it is FREE). I just didn’t do it.
Spend more time outdoors. I have made a conscious effort to spend more time outside this year and I enjoyed it. One of my favorite parts of the day is waiting outside for the kids to come home on the bus after school. I love the beauty of the woods, the sound of the wind through the trees, and the sounds of birds chirping and squirrels chattering. I love the crunch of the snow under my feet and the stark contrast of the setting sun on the bare trees. I also enjoyed spending time working on the yard, going fishing with my Dad and the kids, and reading on my deck. I love how peaceful the outdoors can be.
It’s been a whirlwind of a year for us, and I must admit, that I’m not sad to leave 2012 behind. I’m ready to start a new year and embrace whatever 2013 has in store.
I’ll be sharing my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions tomorrow, but until then, I would love to hear how 2012 went for you. Were you able to accomplish all you had hoped?