My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions

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My 2013  New Year’s Resolutions are a commitment to a variety of projects.  I decided this year to embody the real meaning of resolutions.  I recently shared that resolutions are a commitment, an individual makes to a project or reforming a habit.  2013 is the beginning of change!

2012 was a tough year!  I started to make changes in December and will continue into the New Year.  I always felt that waiting for a particular date to start something was an excuse and nothing has changed.  I have been monitoring the changes I made and like what I see.  I am setting new priorities and viewing many of my former resolutions differently.  This time next year will either confirm my changes were good or I will be making more changes.  I plan to monitor my progress closer and adjust more often. Progress is never a straight line.

My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions are the following:

Volunteering – Since I am already volunteering, why am I continuing to keep it as a resolution?  The easy answer is I want to stay committed to volunteering and I wan to build on what I started.  I am motivated because it is fulfilling and I feel valued.  I want to increase my commitment to this (feeding homeless) organization and add other organizations.  I am keeping it on my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions  to keep myself accountable.

Blogging – I have been blogging for over two years and I am still evolving.  I learned what works and what doesn’t! I started to make changes in December and I am committed to making more to reach my goals.  I used to focus on results and thought that was enough.  I decided to change my focus and let the writing achieve the results.  I am making a new commitment to writing better and longer articles.  Stay tuned for more changes.

Time Off – Normally, this probably is not a resolution for most people.  I am one of those people who never takes time off.  In twelve (12) years, I have only taken two or three days off.  As a teacher, I do not feel I need much time off.  I have more holidays and vacation time than I ever had before.  I only work four and a half hours a day.  Compared to my former profession, I am semi-retired!  I used to work three times that or fifty-to sixty hours a week.  Normally, my wife and I take nice vacations overseas every other yea or visit relatives in New York.  This year, we went away to the beach for a weekend and I am committed to do this a couple times a   year.

What’s left? – I am still working on some of my former goals, but approaching them differently.  My new teaching assignment has challenged me as well.  This is probably the year of change.  I think it is a good thing because it keeps me sharp.  This is important as I get old(er)!

These are my 2013 New Year’s Resolutions!  I did not give up on old resolutions and I will include any progress on those when appropriate.  Failure only occurs when you actually give up.  My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions are my new beginning.

Photo by:  Sean MacEntee

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Yakezie Carnival at Your Personal Finance Pro
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Y and T’s Weekend Ramblings at Young and Thrifty
Carnival of MoneyPros at Good Financial Cents

My 2013 New Year’s Resolutions are my new beginning.

 

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