I know a lot of people hate New Year’s Resolutions. They can be really cliche and short-lived. I have always really liked the feeling of a fresh start – a feeling where anything is possible. I also really enjoy setting goals. I thrive when I have challenges to overcome and am always trying to grow and develop. Unfortunately, I didn’t do too great with my resolutions this year, but I’m willing to own up to that.
So, here is what I wanted to accomplish in 2012 -
1) Vote – CHECK!
I think you all know where my vote went. Needless to say – I was a happy camper on election night!
2) Do one “touristy” thing a month, and blog about it – FAIL
I did this for the first couple months – made it to the aquarium and a Celtics game. There’s always next year, right?
3) Learn Final Cut Pro – FAIL
The whole full time grad school situation put a damper on this. However, I do have access to this program at work (I think). Still truckin’ on iMovie.
4) Read one book a month – FAIL (sort of)
Did a hell of a lot of reading, but not the fun kind. I did read the Steve Jobs autobiography, A Visit from the Goon Squad, the 50 Shades trilogy (don’t judge), and a few others.
5) Produce a podcast – FAIL
I still do want to accomplish this and now that I spent the last year listening to a bunch of different podcasts religiously, I think I know what kind of content works. I still need to figure out a niche – I’m thinking something with beer and/or sandwiches.
6) Repair relationships that need fixing and let go of ones I don’t need – CHECK! (for the most part)
The main focus of this resolution was my brother. We haven’t gotten along for the past couple years and it was something that was really negative for me. I can happily say that this past Christmas we didn’t argue once – which is a huge accomplishment. There is still work to do there, but I’m happier with where things are. I say for the most part because I also found myself entangled in a few relationships that I didn’t need to have and need to distance myself from. It’s a work in progress.
7) Play soccer – CHECK!
I played on a co-ed indoor team in the winter and guest played on a couple other teams. Didn’t play as much as I would have liked, but it was a major step forward compared to the last few years.
8) Focus on my personal brand – CHECK!
I did a much better job of maintaining my blog this year, much of it thanks to a class I took at Emerson last semester. The election also helped with my social media engagement. I have also started a Three Things Thursday series where I discuss top news in social media/digital marketing – I’ve enjoyed that very much.
Later this week I will post my 2013 resolutions… stay tuned!