So it’s 2013 and, Happy New Year, yo!
I try not to make too big a deal out of the new year because I want to make sure I remember that really, any day is a fine day for a new start. I used to be one of those peeps to make excuses about “waiting for the new year” just to procrastinate on any given goal I might want to achieve when I was, in fact, perfectly capable of starting to achieve the goal like, right now.
But it’s still true that we just finished a busy holiday season and the calendar change does provide a good opportunity to assess where we were, where we are, and where we want to be. Let the assessment begin!!!
I was just thinking about this today…specifically, where I was a year ago. Between me and you (and the entire interwebs, I guess), the truth is that last January I was in a very, very dark place. Here are a few reasons why:
- I wasn’t working, after leaving a job that was a terrible fit. This terrible job was one I took after much deliberation about whether I should leave my previous job that I loved and hated in equal parts. I had no love at all for the terrible job. It sucked in every way possible and was soooooo the wrong place for me. I knew at the time that leaving this awful horrible j-o-b was the right thing to do, but as three months passed with no offers–including a job opportunity for which I put in more than 60 hours of work to prepare a kick-ass presentation, and got the “wink, wink…nudge, nudge” from the selection committee, only to get a big, fat “no thank you” middle finger a week later–I was really started to feel regretful about leaving the first job, and generally worthless for being totally unemployable and a complete loser. It is a horrible, horrible feeling.
- I had just lost my aunt. On Christmas Day. Enough said.
- I was turning to food to cope with my grief, sadness, and feelings of worthlessness (see bullet 1). The more I ate, the worse I felt…causing me to eat more. I starting no showing for workouts, making me feel even worse (and subsequently eating more…you get it.) Instead of fulfilling my goal of continuing to lose, I was gaining back. More serious suckage.
So for these crappy reasons, I was in a place where I felt like I was letting everyone down, including myself.
I was failing my family financially.
I was failing my friends by withdrawing.
I was failing myself in pretty much every way I could think of.
No matter what I did, I felt like I couldn’t climb out of the huge hole of sadness and alternating self-pity/loathing I found myself in.
Life sucked a year ago. Or at least, I was making it suck by my pitifulness. (I just made that word up.)
In my case, a year made a huge difference, and I am grateful for the changes I made in that year.
It was a year of hard work, persistence, and focus.
Not a year of perfection, by any means, but a year of decent progress on many fronts.
A year where I truly came to appreciate how lucky I am to have amazing, wonderful people in my life to support me and keep me on the straight and narrow.
A year in which we took an amazeballs cruise–paid off completely in advance (a financial goal, MET)–and it was pretty much the best. vacation. ever. With seriously awesome peeps. (Heart.)
A year in which I landed myself a job that was waaaaaay better than anything I had applied for previously. I just had to wait it out for the opportunity that was juuuust right for me. (The waiting sucks, though.) In this job, I am recognized for my value and in 2013, I am looking at a promotion and a pretty sweet raise. Ka-ching!
2012 was a year where I steamrolled my fear of being seen as the “fat girl on the stage” and did this:
So I set some goals, I reached some goals. Others took longer than I expected but I kept the momentum going.
In 2012, I started this blog, and, even though from October on I struggled to find time to keep up with it, I put myself out there, got some interest from all you delightful people, and knew in the back of my mind that I would be back when life calmed down a bit again. (Here I am, and howdy!)
All in all, it’s a year I can be proud of. And I am proud! I rocked a lot of shit this year! (How about you??? What did you rock in 2012? Share in comments or on FB!)
But let us not rest on our laurels. That is so NOT what being a badass is about.
So, the big question is, WHAT NOW? It’s 2013. What’s next? What challenges and goals do we want to rip the heads off of this year?
Honestly, I’ve been struggling to create my goals for this year, so I guess I have to take my own advice and go back to the drawing board. I want them to be specific, and attainable, but still challenging enough to be scary and shove me out of my comfort zone.
So I’ve got some work to do.
Stay tuned, and in the meantime, either share your 2013 goals with me and the peeps, or take some time to do your own work on creating badass goals so we can make 2013 as awesome as 2012.
Yo Homie — what do you say you and I enter the August or October Tough Mudder in New England?
How’s that for a goal?
Pete, in light of my next upcoming blog–already half written–I have to laugh hysterically at this comment. I know this is a cryptic reply, but I am trying to build the suspense here. 😉
I shall anxiously await the next post with baited interwebs..
i am working on my own goals for 2013. but, as always, you continue to be a constant source of inspiration for me 🙂 so happy to see a new blog post. thanks for being awesome