Clearly I’m a little off schedule today.
You see, my alarm clock went off this morning and I thought, “I’m just going to lay here for one more minute and then I’ll get up. I’m just so warm and comfy.”
Bad, BAD idea.
45 minutes later I woke up. To the sound of Laney puking, to be exact. Not exactly something you want to wake up to, let me tell you. Which then meant that I spent the next 30 minutes running around like a crazy person trying to clean up the mess AND get ready for work AND eat breakfast. Needless-to-say, blogging just didn’t happen this morning.
And for anyone concerned, Laney is fine. She accidently got a slurp of the Christmas tree water when we weren’t looking, which obviously did not sit well with her stomach. Silly pup!
But I’m here now, and today I’d like to talk about New Years Aspirations!
New Years Aspirations
What are New Years Aspirations, you ask?
Well Chris and I were talking about our “New Years Resolutions” on the drive home from Georgia, and he mentioned how he really wasn’t a huge fan of them because people always ended giving up after just a few weeks.
So that got me thinking. Why is it that people give up on their resolutions? Why are people all gung-ho for a few weeks but seemed destined to fail before January is over?
Look at the definition (the first part, obviously):
“A firm decision to do or not to do something”. That seems pretty rigid to me. No wonder people give up so easily! The first time you screw up, or drop the ball, your “firm decision” has gone out the window and seems pointless. Sure, going to the gym or getting in shape may sound like a great idea. But halfway into January when you skip a workout in favor of hanging out with friends, or make a bad food choice, your mind starts saying “I guess we weren’t so sure about this after all!” and there goes all of your motivation!
We set ourselves up to fail with resolutions.
So I’m going to do something different this year. I’m not going to make resolutions.
I’m going to make aspirations instead.
Because by making an aspiration, it is something that I “hope or strive to achieve”. That allows for some bumps in the road without setting myself up to fail. It means that when I misstep, I can get back ON the horse by reminding myself of what I’m trying to achieve.
I feel very philosophical right now.
Without further ado, here are my aspirations for 2013:
1. Wake up earlier
Totally not a joke, although I do find it ironic given my morning. I have never been a morning person and I definitely don’t think I’ll every spontaneously become one, but I would like to work on giving myself more time in the morning to relax, blog, and MAYBE even work out. Although that last one might be a stretch.
2. Drink more water
I don’t know why I struggle so much with this one, but I never remember to drink water! I’m embarrassed to admit that there are honestly some days where I go almost an entire day without drinking anything. I just never think about it! So I really need to work on incorporating this into daily life. Any tips, water drinkers out there?
3. Find a consistent gym routine, and try new things!
December was all over the place for me in terms of workouts. I feel like ever since the wedding I have just had a very hard time finding a good gym routine that works for me (and my new family). So I really want to work on getting back into the habit of going to the gym and make it a priority for me. AND I want to try some new things! I loved trying the barre class a few weeks ago, so I’m ready to branch out! Any suggestions?
4. Take more time for myself and get involved
I feel like the entire year of 2012 revolved around the wedding, and all of the stress and planning that went with that. Now that that is over, I want to take some time in 2013 to rediscover things that I loved but that I never had time for last year. Like reading. Or non-wedding-related crafting. Or community activities. Or bible study. All of those things that went onto the back burner last year. We are now in a new town and I really want to make this place feel like home.
There you have it – my aspirations for this year! Here’s to hoping for a good 2013!
So tell me: What are some of your aspirations for 2013?