Monday, December 29, 2008


I was rereading my blog from January of last year and I made a lot of resolutions for 2008. Since 2009 is later this week, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit some of these resolutions and see how I did.

1)Get more sleep- I think I can honestly say that I did much better at this in 2008 than the years before. Part of it had to do with being in grad school and EXHAUSTED most of the time, but also the fact that I gave up caffeine seemed to really make the difference. I still struggle about once a week, but I don't think that I am sleep deprived.

2)No more soda. Well, that didn't last long. I drank soda and a lot of it most of the year. Once I quit caffeine I just started drinking soda of the caffeine free variety. But I have done ridiculously well with the no caffeine thing, I think that I can try the no soda thing. Why not?

3)Gym 3X a week. Ha! I think that sums it up.

4)Try harder at work. Well, I only worked half the year and then I started grad school (which is way harder than work). I got straight A's, so I think this one was sufficiently completed. Don't you?

5)Spend less time on the internet. I definitely did this one. Well, I spent less leisure time on the internet. I got rid of LDS linkup and myspace and my blog a day went away, this blog has also been seriously lacking. I think for 2009 I am going to reframe this resolution. I want to be better about posting on my blog.

6)Start singing and performing. Check. Citrine helped me with that. I just wish I had more time.

7) Read at least one book a month. I was reading two a month for a while until school started. I think I read about 12 books this year, maybe thirteen. The book club will go on!!! I am recommitting myself to it this year. January's book is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. Read it with me.

8)No more swearing. Well . . . dammit.

Six out of eight isn't so bad, right?

Sometimes I don't feel like I am doing much in my life. I see all my friends with their cute families and projects and I feel a little behind or unsuccessful. As I reflect on the past year of my life, I realize I have had a lot of new experiences. I had my heart broken, I quit my job, I started school and I love it. This time next year I will be a therapist . . . crazy. I'm not behind- just on a slightly different path and that is ok.

As for resolutions my expectations for 2009 aren't so lofty. I am sure that I will get my heart broken again (I don't wish for it, but it happens every year). I know I will have a graduate degree- that's exciting. I hope to be a better friend. I hope to have a few exciting adventures. I hope that next year as I look back on 2009 I will be happy with myself and what I have accomplished. . . and that's about it.

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