Thursday, January 01, 2009

How Did I Do?

I decided not to make any resolutions this year. After all, I am going to have a very busy year ahead of me, what with expecting a new baby in a couple of months and adjusting to life with a newborn again, so I decided that this New Year's Day, I would look back at the resolutions that I made last year just to see if I was actually able to keep any of them. Here's how I did:

Resolution the First: Lose Weight...Well, I started on a weight loss plan in the early summer of 2008, but then I got knocked up so that train was derailed. I'm not chalking this one up as a failed resolution, though. I'll just be postponing this one for a while.

Resolution the Second: Baby #2...Due in 2 months and 21 days! Woot! Check that one off the list!

Resolution the Third: Continue to improve as a mother...The more I think about this, the more this shouldn't just be a resolution that I make once a year. This should be something I strive to achieve every single day. And, I think that for the most part, I do a pretty good job. My daughter knows that I love her and she knows that she is special to me. She trusts me and knows that I always have her back. That's success in my book, but I will always continue to try to improve.

Resolution the Fourth: Tell Aaron I love him every day...Done and done. This resolution, like the previous one, is a no-brainer.

Resolution the Fifth: Decide what I want to do when I grow up...Here we have another resolution that I am putting in the "pending" column due to the forthcoming baby. It's hard to focus on your future career path when you're busy organizing your house to accommodate another person and trying to keep your lunch down. However, I have pretty much decided that I want to go back to grad school for my MBA, and I have done some research on how to make that happen. I have emailed an academic adviser here at UW-Milwaukee and I'll be setting up an appointment to sit down and meet with that adviser shortly. So, this one is a work in progress and probably will be for a while. At least I've taken some initial steps.

Resolution the Sixth: Go to Bonnaroo...Aaron and I went to this yearly music festival in June, and man, we had a blasty. Probably won't make it back this June (there's that baby again), but we hope to return in 2010.

Resolution the Seventh: Turn 30 gracefully...Ya know, turning 30 really wasn't as big of a deal as I thought it would be. I had a great party with some of my best friends and we had a fabulous time. But honestly, I don't feel any older. In fact, I feel more comfortable in my own skin now than I ever did when I was in my 20's. Check this one off the list!!

Resolution the Eighth: Get involved with the upcoming elections...I didn't get as involved as I had hoped to in the elections this year. A lot of it had to do with the fact that I was really torn between Hillary and Barack up until the Wisconsin primaries, and once those were over, I just never found the time to get out the vote like I had wanted to. I did do some blogging about the election, and I did talk with some friends who were undecideds, but no volunteering or canvassing or anything like that. Luckily, Barack had enough people who took that initiative and helped him out a little more than I did. Oh well, there's always 2012!!

So, looks like I did a pretty good job last year and all in all, it was a great year. We had our ups and downs, but I'm chalking 2008 up as a success. Here's to an even better 2009!!