The New Year is here

I don’t have any resolutions to share.

I am proud of myself for not waiting for this new year to put into place the things I wanted to happen.  I applied and was accepted to grad school when I had no idea how I was going to pay for it.  But thousands of people figure out how to pay for it, right?  I knew I would too.  I didn’t wait for this year to start to begin my longest half marathon training process ever, I ran my first 5K a couple of weeks ago.  I didn’t sit around and collect unemployment and wait for a job to fall in my lap.  I took on my random part time jobs where I met new people, learned new things and got out of the house, even though the combined total from those two part time jobs was never more than an unemployment check was.  My friend Claire likes to point out that I was essentially volunteering during this time because I still got partial unemployment during that time.

I have a “word” for 2012.  It’s FOCUS.  I have three big undertakings in 2012, things I began in 2011 and are only going to get more intense:

  1. Disney Princess half marathon training for Feb ’13  (I know – longest training process ever.  I know.)
  2. New job.  As a corporate trainer that has just moved to an entirely new industry (casinos to groceries) I know there is much to learn on top of a very rigorous training schedule.
  3. Grad school.  So much reading!  I’ve always been smart, but I’ve never been an exceptional student.  Creating good study habits is going to be a challenge.

Making time for all of these things in addition to life getting in the way is going to be my challenge.  Therefore, I choose to FOCUS this year.  So, instead of creating a list of lofty goals and books to read and instruments to tackle – I’ll FOCUS on these and see what else happens.

This new year snuck in.  I’ve been sicker this week than I can remember being in a long time.  I’m fortunate to never have sinus or allergy issues.  I’m experiencing my first sinus infection and it is wiping me out.  From a couple of days before New Years Eve until last night I was pretty much bed bound.  I had a few friends over for New Years Eve, but even they were out by 10pm.  I was even driven to purchase and experiment with a Neti Pot for the first time.  I have a few friends who swear by them and I will admit I felt relief after using it.  Also glad I live alone while using it.  Least sexy thing ever, I imagine.

Happy New Year to all of you.  I’m excited to enter this year with intent and purpose.  And a place to share it all.

5 thoughts on “The New Year is here

  1. Happy New Year! While I truly think the calendar rolling from December to January ultimately means nothing, it really is a good place to start over, to shake off the stress of the past and look forward. I’m hoping that 2012 is nicer to all of us than 2011 was.

  2. I completely agree. I think waiting until the new year to accomplish goals just prolongs the process a person wants to get started. Just keep going and make them stronger! Go Sarah, you can do it!!!

  3. Sinus infections suck! So sorry that you had to experience one. I, too, have heard amazing things about the neti pot thingies and even bought one per the suggestion from my ENT but have been too afraid to use it. On a scale of 1-10, how bad was it the first time?

    Love everything you have going on for 2012 and know you’ll be fantastic at all of them. Can’t wait to hear about your Princess half marathon!!!

    How was your first day at the new job?????

  4. That’s a great word. I have quite a bit to focus on as well. Also, I’m pretty sure a majority of this year has snuck by everyone. I feel like it should still be September or something.

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