resolutions, year end

Looking Back: 2012

At the end of 2011, I made a list of resolutions. I fully intended to track them through the year, but, well, that didn’t really work out. But here’s a quick review of what happened in 2012:

  1. Jacob.

    My focus on spending time with Jake didn’t change – we took a couple family vacations, we started running together, and I am enjoying the time now more than ever. ACHIEVED
  2. Continue to write nearly every weekend.
    I stopped writing this year. Between finishing school and starting a new job halfway through the year, I was overwhelmed. I’ve already detailed how I feel about writing, and I’m just going to try to get back on track. NOT ACHIEVED.
  3. Send 2 submissions per month.
    Well, no. This definitely didn’t happen. NOT ACHIEVED.
  4. Submit the manuscript to at least 5 more contests.
    Nope, not this, either. NOT ACHIEVED.
  5. Complete NaPoMo.
    Honestly, I can’t even remember. I know I wrote some. Maybe half? Let’s call this one HALF ACHIEVED.
  6. Support independent presses & journals (by purchasing subscriptions, books, etc.).
    Yes, this I definitely did, both presses and journals. ACHIEVED.
  7. Graduate.
  8. Begin the process of identifying MFA programs.
    Well, yes. I definitely did begin the process. In fact, I have finalized the process: I know where I want to go, and I know how much it costs to go there. This dream is on hold for right now, for a few reasons – maybe in 2014. But for now, this resolution is ACHIEVED.
  9. Take more pictures.

    I took more pictures, yes. Not nearly as many as I wanted, so again, HALF ACHIEVED.
  10. Kickboxing.
    Yes, I definitely kept going to kickboxing. And I started krav classes. ACHIEVED.
  11. Lose some weight.
    And yes, I lost some weight. ACHIEVED.

It’s the last day of 2012. This has been a difficult year, but a good one. But because the fall has been the most difficult part of this year, I am finding it hard to remember the things that had me excited beyond belief. But looking at this list, where most of my goals were achieved (or even partly achieved), I am reminded that truly, I have a good life. And I’m looking forward to a new year, a new chance to do better.


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