I love making lists. I think I’m pretty good at letting myself deviate, but lists are like loose road maps for me.
This new year’s, something my yoga teacher said kept echoing in my mind: “Do what you need to do to let yourself succeed.” I think the key to resolutions is not to beat myself up if I don’t accomplish them. Rather, I’m examining why I didn’t accomplish them and if I really care. If I’m mad at myself for not seeing something through, then it’s time to break it down: What are my baby steps to reach that goal?
Last year, I was so excited to set resolutions that I posted them a week before the new year. Here’s how I stacked up:
- Learn PHP, CSS
- Devoted a good chunk of my vacation in Hawaii to learning PHP but got lost in a certain concept and couldn’t quite find my way back out.
- Read 26 books this year
- Study for and kick ass on the GREs
- Signed up for Grockit.
- Relearn how to sight sing
- Learn to cook Chinese food
- I don’t know how to tell if I’m on the right track with this one. I have, however, incorporated more Chinese ingredients into my cooking.
- Blog once a week
- Read (industry) news three times a week (keep up with Google Reader)
- I don’t know that I read it three times a week, but I do check it weekly and am pretty happy with the results.
- Get through entire Spanish book
- When in forward bend, be able to bring elbows to ground
- Still working on those last three inches. So close!
So here are my 2011 resolutions:
- Get through a whole session of yoga without being able to see
- Elbows to floor when in forward bend
- Learn PHP, CSS
- Build my own website
- Make a semi-regular comic translating everyday actions and conversations into PHP
- Read 12 books, three of which can be old faves
- Learn to bike without hands
- Lose the extra pounds I’ve gained since moving to Michigan (I know all the hullabaloo around body image, but I’m comfortable setting this goal for myself)