Friday, 6 January 2012

new52 | roundup

Round up time! After trying real hard to fit new things into my life in the past year, I feel I need to take stock and have a look back at what I accomplished, and what challenges I will have to look forward to in the future.

At the beginning of 2011 I wrote a list of things that would be neat to do. The list didn't have 52 things on it, I'm not that imaginative, but it did have enough to keep me covered for half of the year. I figured maybe stuff would be coming along due to life just going about its merry little way. Oh what a fool I am. I lead a life very far from excitement and happenings. I get up at the crack of dawn, go to work, come home way too late, have dinner, work on the computer and go to bed. And that is pretty much it. Where all those new things would appear from I have no idea. So suffice it to say; it was a real challenge.

I did do a lot of new things this year, though. Many of them I am very proud of.
Like the huge thing I took on with a with great apetite; cooking a three course gourmet meal for the husband each month (ok, so December was really stressful and I am doing that one today - rösti with caviar, chimmichurry surf & turf, and riccotta choc pudding with strawberry coulis). This one had me so very nervous, every month, but I did it and did it well. It ended up being a huge confidence booster for me.

Another huge thing was that I saw a coach for three months to work on my "issues" with self worth, confidence, and putting an unhealthy amount of pressure on myself. That was the most important thing I did all year. It made me stop and take a look at all the crappy things I have been doing to myself for as long as I can remember. It also gave me a wealth of tricks to use to help me treat myself better.

Here are a couple of other things I did throughout the year:
Get a pair of red leather pumps
Wear black nail polish
Try 12 new wines
Visit 4 new restaurants in our city
Have both champagne and a beauty treatment on my birthday
Start Zumba
Ride our new metro
Upgrade to Bare Minerals from the cheapo brand I used before
Get comfortable editing photos in ACR
Take a photography class
Do my hair and wear make up at least once a week
Get a new brand for my skin care regimen (this one ended up not working and I went back to the old one)
Watch a UEFA Champions league football (soccer) game
Get an iPhone
See masterpiece art by Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, and Da Vinci's The Last Supper in Italy
Take a 30 day phone photo challenge
Get a P&S camera

Things I had wanted to do but never got round to:
Learn to put my head under water
Get a driver's license
Read the Sookie Stackhouse series
Get Illustrator
Take our self portraits every month
Learn how to sew (which would also have to include getting a machine)

I have decided to aim to do these things this year. If I don't, I won't hold it against me though.

So, to summarize; I am really glad I did this challenge. Not only did I get to do fun little things, but I also got to work on becoming a better person. I won't be doing this challenge in an organized way again this year but I will try to keep the spirit of it alive. Development, that's what it's all about!


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  2. Oh, that makes me really happy to hear! Thank you for taking the time to post! :)

  3. well go you, darling! seems to me you accomplished an amazing load of stuff last year - you should be proud of yourself! funny how we always seem to be in more or less the same page: i've been wanting to do my "resolutions" blogpost since the 1st of january, except i've been caught up, as you know, in the whole geekifying process lately. LOL. just wanted to say how proud i am of you, dear friend! xox

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