Don’t worry– I’m not going to talk about every single thing that happened in 2012, because a lot of things happened. I was in a show. I broke my foot. I went to New York for the second time ever in my life. I lost my job. I became a for-real writer. Not a run-of-the-mill year!
But I do want to talk about how I did on last year’s resolutions: be weird, live with less, and know what I want.
On being weird, I’m gonna give myself an A+. You have no idea how weird, crazy, and scary it was for me to venture out and be a blogger. I have never done anything even close to freelance before, and always worked at a steady job with a regular income (even in college), so this was a big step for me! My blog also helped me work through writing outside my comfort zone. (Yeah, believe it or not, dropping f-bombs was not in my comfort zone in January of 2012.) I let go of the fear of offending a few people and wrote with my own voice and humor, and it paid off big-time. Weird is the word, guys.
Living with less made a huge difference when I lost my job in July. We’d already cut back on a lot of things, but cutting back on a few more to make ends meet without a steady paycheck from me really didn’t seem that painful after the paring down we’d already done. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that my biggest gain in this area has been setting up a housekeeping routine for myself, and living without my maid service. I know, I know– that’s not a big deal for most people, and I was extremely blessed to have ever been able to afford a maid service, but I was totally used to it. It’s not my favorite thing to do without, but now at least I know I can!
I’m still working on that whole knowing what I want thing. Like most people, I’m very good at verbalizing what I don’t want, but knowing and verbalizing what I do want is harder– maybe because once it’s out there, I have no excuse not to go after it! More verbalizing, fewer excuses will continue to be a goal in 2013 (and the rest of my life, I’m sure).
How’d you do on your 2012 resolutions?
Here’s what else has been going on this week: