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Resolutions: to change or not to change?

Posted Monday, December 31, 2012, at 4:41 PM

I've always heard of everyone making New Year's resolutions (that typically don't last past March), and have made them myself a time or two, but how practical are they?

Everyone goes on and on about losing their holiday weight, saving money, etc., but life always seems to get in the way of what they hope to accomplish.

Resolutions are usually about change, about one wanting to make oneself better and about what one hopes to become. But, I don't want to jump into change without taking a look at the things I hope remain the same. The things I am grateful for.

Looking back to one year ago today, I would never have predicted what 2012 has thrown at me. It's had it's ups and downs, but most of all it's been amazing.

I had my last semester of college fly by, over entirely too soon. I was the first in my immediate family to graduation from college. My nephew turned one, and I was there to photograph it all. He learned to call me "Kiki," (easier to say for him than Kelsey) and it warms my heart every time he does. I spent the summer with my family, watching the little ones grow and learn. I accepted my first, Monday through Friday, full-time job. I had an amazing Thanksgiving, and a Christmas that I was able to spend with every member of my family.

In retrospective, of course there are things I would like to do differently, but at the same time I am happy for every mistake I have made. I've learned from each of them and they continue to mold me into who I will become.

So my resolutions are simple:
1. Don't spend so much time worrying about what may be that I miss what is happening right now.
2. Be healthier. This has nothing to do with weight and everything to do with being able to complete another half marathon... Someday.
3. Learn to focus on what I need, instead of what I want.
4. Pray more.
5. Realize that everything takes time. Stop expecting change to be evident in 24 hours.

I wish everyone a Happy New Year!

See you next year.

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I am a 23-year-old college graduate going through the ups and downs of learning to live on my own and be financially responsible for myself. I suspect it is going to be an interesting ride.
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