Ummm excuse me, friends - am I the only one completely flabbergasted that TOMORROW is 20-freaking-13?? 

I hope not. Anyway, thought I'd back-track a year and update you all on those lofty "goals" that I set for myself a year ago. And, just for fun, this was me a year ago:
Goals for 2012
1. Get up to 600 followers.  Done. Not sure when I hit that milestone... but yay! 
2.Eat a little bit healthier.  Also done. I've eaten at least one fruit and veggie approx. 6 days per week this year. That's good for me. I've also cut down on eating out and improved on how often I cook at home. 
3. Get back to exercising. I had a gym membership until about a month ago, and before I got pregnant/in my early pregnancy, I was exercising about 4-5 times a week. Now I go on walks and occasionally do a boot camp or kickboxing class, but let's get real - walking up and down 4 flights of stairs a couple of times a day at work is a freaking workout when you're pregnant.   
4. Be a little more patient. I think I have improved. I've learned to nag a little less, and that if things don't get done right now, it's not the end of the world. Key word in that goal was "little." That's what made it attainable.
5. Be more spiritual. How does one measure this? In any case, I'm not quite where I'd like to be (or need to be), so it's not getting crossed off. 
6. Read at least 12 books.... in German. Balls. I read... 9. Hey - three fourths isn't bad! 
7. Add at least 3 more countries to my list.  DANG IT! I only got 2 (Spain and Scotland). You know what, though? I'll take it. Both were amazing experiences. 

For 2013, I will direct you to my complete 25 before 25 list. Here I have put the top five from said list. And just for fun... this is me now: 
1. Participate in a triathlon. Not a big one - just a triathlon. I really want to do this, and I've been putting it off for years.

2. Go to a state that I've never been to. This is far more realistic than going to a foreign country I haven't visited, but I'd take either one.

3. Show my husband how much I love him. I'd like to be a little more active in how I show my love to Mike. Whether it's leaving little notes or making him his favorite dinner, I want to be better.

4. Read 100 books (children's books don't count).  Maybe three of them can be in German. I figure I'll have some time on my hands when I'm on maternity leave. Maybe.

5. Start a charitable organization or project. I'd really love to start some sort of organization that encourages (and helps) less privileged young women to not only graduate from high school, but to go on to college. So many young girls don't even get the chance to finish high school, whether it's because of abuse, petty crime, teen pregnancy, etc. etc., and I want to be there to encourage them to stay on the straight and narrow - to show them what their life could be if they really tried (and had positive influences in their lives).

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!! What are some of your goals?


Susie said...

Wow, a charitable organization! I hope you're able to complete this -- it sounds so honorable and ambitious.

Ever been to Indiana? That's a state you could travel to! Oh, and I'm there! What do ya know. And I make good chili! ;)

Unknown said...

Girl! You have an ambitious year ahead. If anyone can do it, it's you. Happy New Year!!

jessica said...

you can always come to CA :)

Rosie said...

These are fantabulous. I love the charitable org idea. You will totally get through books before the birth....my friends said reading went out the window after their first! xxx

Alex, Speaking Denglish said...

Great goals and so impressed how many of your others you knocked off - way to stick to it!

Greta said...

Nine books in German??? I don't think I read that many in English this year. I blame the toddler. :) :D Congrats on a productive 2012! Much love - Greta

EMily said...

I know it's so crazy...2013!! You did a great job with your list! I have one in my head, so that if I do complete my tasks I can do my own little victory dance...writing them down makes it a little to permanent for me! Happy 2013!!

kim @ a positive peace said...

I can't believe it's gonna be 2013 either!! Good job on getting so many of your goals done!! You'd totally rock a triathalon!

Happy New Year!!

Unknown said...

such great goals. I'd love to read 100 books this year but I sadly know that isn't a possibility for me :)


Whitney Cypert said...

Great goals! I should do something similar to this, put my goals out in public. That way I would feel more pressured to actually stick with them!

meet.make.laugh. said...

Happy New Year Alyx! Cheers to an awesome 2013 :)

Anonymous said...

I love this! I have never had a "goals" list...it's always just been in my head, BUT that is no place for it! Way to be inspiring too :) Holy hannah you have fantastic dreams, keep it going!

Jennie said...

You said the word "balls" three separate times and I am offended. ;)

Why Girls Are Weird said...

Dude you are having a BABY this year. I'm so psyched for you. Happy 2013!

Yours Truly said...

Wow talk about some amazing goals you accomplished. Even the ones you didn't fully reach, I am still impressed. As for your new goals ALSO amazing! Here is to a great New Year...especially with a BABY on the way : D


Unknown said...

Happy New Year. Love your list for 25 before 25. I will be putting my 30 before 30 list up soon.

Unknown said...

I am just impressed that you read one book in German!! Way to go! Happy New Year!

Katrin said...

Hope your new year will be wonderful! I definitely want to read 100 books too I just need more time!!!!

Kelly said...

Love the 25 before 25 idea - the charitable organization? Sounds like such a great idea :)

Deidre said...

This year, for the first time, I was totally ready for the new year. It didn't sneak up on me.

Happy New Year! You've got some great goals ahead of you! :)

Madeline Grace said...

The New Year completely crept up on me! I swear it was just July or something like that.

I have a few goals like this for the coming year! I can't wait!

RadiantKristen said...

You have some incredible goals for the upcoming year! I can't wait to see how they all work out for you :-)

Unknown said...

Good luck on your goals! Honestly I am amazed at your 9 books, haha! I think whenever I tell myself I am going to do something- my subconscious intentionally makes me not do it.
Oh, and I love your new layout!

jessica said...

Come to New York and do a triathlon with me! That way we can celebrate losing our baby weight together!

Sara Louise said...

I thought I was proud of you for reading nine books in German but then I saw #5 on your 2013 list. You go Alyx.

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