Saturday, 29 December 2012

That time of year

So it's nearly that time of year again... That time that we all look back on the previous twelve months and wish for more time to frantically achieve all those unrealistic goals we set ourselves last December when we were in the clutches of Christmas indulgence, and the time we all mutter about how fast the year has gone (again). It's time to set new goals, to establish the type of 2013 we want, and to sit in a bubble of optimism about a year that will surely be 'better spent than the previous.'

When I reflect on my 2012 the word that comes to mind is 'full'. I worked, ran a dance school, renovated our new studio, took two overseas holidays, completed my dance teaching qualifications, studied with uni, organised our end of year production and got engaged to the man I love. There were several sacrifices I had to make to have such a full and busy life, such as a nearly non-existent social life, but I feel like my year has been successfully productive. A long time ago I set myself a promise to 'love each day' and although I don't love every minute of every day, I do love at least one part of every day in my life. The days that made up 2012 were no exception and every day had a smile.

At the end of 2011 I didn't make extravagant New Years resolutions about reaching a goal weight or reading every book on my shelf. I did however, make a few long term goals that I found jotted in my journal, some of which I am still consciously working towards and will remain committed to for 2013.

1. My business goal for Elite Dance was to reach 100 students, we're note quite there yet, but I am hopeful that in 2013 this goal will be achieved.

2. I am still aiming and hoping for a healthy winter. For the last few years I have spent a significant amount of time in bed during winter, due to illness and I am determined to have as healthy season as I can. This is of course a goal that can only be achieved through a healthy diet, exercise and proper sleep.

3. My personal goal was to behave like a lady at all times and demonstrate that etiquette is still very relevant today. I believe good manners, posture, language and behaviour cost nothing and should be used freely by all. This is something I aimed to live by every day this year and in 2013 I hope to continue to 'lead by example'.

4. Next year, and in the future in general I want to make a concious effort to stick as closely as possible to my planned schedule, as I have found this year that when one has an extremely full diary, if a single day is missed, the whole week turns into chaos in an attempt to make up those missed things.

For 2013 I will not set resolutions, I will continue to work towards my goals and make myself better every day. 2013 will be the year I plan my wedding, the first year I can sign my own dance kids into their ballet exams, it will be the year my beautiful friend Katy comes home and the year I cross off more units on my uni degree. It will be another year I can look back on and think well of.

OK 2013, I am ready for you, I welcome you, just you wait and see what I can make of you!

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