Welcome to 2012!

Happy New Year, everyone! Last night was the perfect wrap up to 2011. A large group of my friends from middle school and high school got together at about 7pm to catch up and sip champagne. At 8, a fabulouusss party bus picked us up and whisked us away to The Highball. We bowled, karaoked, and imbibed with bottle service for a few hours before dancing the night away to a Cake cover band and DJ. I was a bit nervous beforehand because I hadn’t seen anyone in so long – but my fears were for nothing. Everyone was incredibly warm and had an excited, open mind for the night ahead. It was lovely to catch up with old friends, several of whom I hadn’t seen in years! It is so important to me to maintain friendships – you could almost say I enjoy collecting friends… But I cant help it! Everyone is fascinating to me. I truly believe everyone has something to offer, although I don’t think that anyone needs to offer anything to make them a worthy friend.

one of my oldest, bestest ๐Ÿ˜‰ friends, Emily

Currently, I am laying in bed with the most stereotypical, quintessential hangover headache to ever exist. It was pounding harder than [insert hip,obscure drummer that I don’t know about], but is finally subsiding enough to allow me to think semi-clearly and write a hopefully coherent blog post.

In the past, I haven’t made New Years Resolutions. Goal making and self improvements are a constant in my mind, at the very least on the back burner of my brain, ย so resolving to make changes at the New Year always seemed redundant. Plus, it seems for many that making a New Years Resolution is often a safe way to make sure that goal isn’t met. However, I am starting to see the beauty in resolving to make changes at the start of a year. Why not?!

Im hoping that publicizing my goals will help me accomplish them.

Mental goals

Don’t take things personally. At times, I have a problem with interpreting others words, tones, or actions as being a personal attack, which causes me to get defensive, and then snappy in response. This stems both from personal insecurity and self centeredness – which I hate. It ain’t about me! If someone says something in a rude tone or asks me the same question 5 times, it doesn’t mean that they dislike me or don’t care about me. It means they have their own problems going on that have nothing to do with me! Instead of making it about me, I want to try to take it for what it is and, if possible, help the other person with whatever they are struggling with.

Be more patient. I think that reminding myself that regarding my time as precious is selfish and false will help with this.

Appreciate other’s mental processes more.ย Every persons mind is different. Each and every individual has their own unique set of neural connections and pathways. We think differently, utilizing different forms of logic, and using differing levels of emotional sense, intelligent sense, and gut intuition to make decisions. What may seem completely illogical to me, may be the right thing to do for another – and I need to remember this!

Academic Goals

Rock the shit out of the MCAT. So that I can get into a med school. Please dear God.

Read the news at least every other day. I am pretty good about this, but I do go through phases of being clueless about what is going on. I feel like that is giving a big Eff You to the world – which I certainly don’t want to do.

Read 2 books a month. I am completely okay with this goal not starting until after I have taken the MCAT and graduated in June. Realistically, that just ain’t gonna happen.

Blog Goals

Post at least 1 recipe per week. This goal would have seemed ridiculous to me in the days that I posted a recipe per day, but now it seems appropriate. With MCAT studying, school, and life, I think posting 1 or 2 recipes a week will be doable.

Make someone else’s recipe at least once per week. Real meals. With leftovers. And more than 5 ingredients. This goes hand in hand with the previous goal.

Re-make some of my own recipes and perfect them. Now that I have a littlleee more knowledge of baking and cooking, I know I can tweak some of my recipes (especially older muffin recipes) to make them even better.

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I definitely have more goals to share, but I want to think them through more before posting. They are so grand, I need to find a way to make them more manageable and tangible.

What are your New Years goals or resolutions? What would you like to see more or less of on this blog in 2012?ย 

Please share!

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27 thoughts on “Welcome to 2012!

  1. I love your new year resolutions…I especially wish you good luck in MCAT. I personally have a dream of becoming a doctor as well, so hearing that someone’s taking the exam makes me nervous, haha. I think my new year’s resolution is: get in to the university I want; survive; read more; relax.

    p.s. You look stunning in the photo!! Is that the same dress that Miranda Kerr wore some time ago? Anyway, it looks fantastic on you and both of you just look gorgeous!!! hehehe

  2. happy new year, sweet Lauren! I love your goals for 2012…it’s going to be a great year for you, I just know it. Billy and I are making a move in the 1st few months of 2012 and I’m excited to start a new chapter in our life adventure. I love reading your blog for the recipes, but also just to check in and see what’s happening in your life. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I’m seriously with you on the not taking things personally aspect. My dad always gets pissed at me about that…but I’m sure it comes from me not being confident enough with myself. Anywho, happy new year dear ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to make a goals list for myself as well.

  4. I like the way you break down your goals! Mentally I want to have more ‘positive focus’ throughout the day. Academically I want to not get overwhelmed with school work and get an internship for next fall. Blog wise, I want to post once a day with quality focused posts!

    1. Those are great, lofty goals! I know I cant post once a day. No way jose.  I love the positive focus goal, I should definitely try to do that as well. 

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  5. Damn, you have some lofty goals. All of which, I would LOVE to strive for! All of them. Seriously. Especially… well, all of them. Time, however, may prevent me from achieving all. But reading the news may be an easy one I can (and definitely should) fulfill. I feel like I know nothing of what is going on in the world today! (sad).

    Anyway, Happy New Year of 2012! I hope this one rocks for you, as you’re going to ROCK the MCATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh, and you look amazing, AMAZING, in that dress!

    1. I suck at commenting but I have been keeping up with you on the daily and CONGRATS on all the amazing publicity you have been getting. I am so proud of you!!! You work so hard in life and on your blog – you COMPLETELY deserve everything you have gotten! Your 2012 is gonna rockkkkk 

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  6. happy new years girl! you look great in that dress. love your resolutions, definitely can relate to a lot of the mental ones. and go kick the MCATs ass – you got it!! i’m definitely looking to your weekly recipe posts =)

  7. Your goals are really cool =) and I love how open-minded you seem to be (other mental process :p)
    I definitely agree with the “dont take things personnaly” goal. My bestfriend told me this a looooooot.

    Good luck for med school !

    1. Thank you. I am trying to be open minded – but it can be a challenge! And yes, we can work together on not taking things personally  - we just need to get more confident in ourselves! 

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  8. I’m very excited about your recipe goal =D Yes please. I need to start expanding my taste buds again now that I’m *only* working full-time and not working FT & a FT student. No more excuses. New food! New flavors! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am really bad about taking things personally too. I am so sensitive. I know I don’t come across that way but it’s totally a front. My skin is like tissue-paper-thin.

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