2012 Resolutions

In the past, my New Years' resolutions were created with a short time frame of commitment, and thus, they were quickly forgotten. This year, I thought of New Years' resolutions with personal growth in mind - these are things that I can commit to past 2012 to help make me a better "me."

#1. Be content with delayed gratification

The year 2011 was a crazy year for me, with a lot of change. I had my first child, moved to a new city, blogged regularly, moved back home with my parents, got a new job, and became single again. PHEW! I don't regret any decision that I made, because I acknowledge that I had a choice for (most) of these changes. That being said, I struggled with a lot of the change because I had (have) a mindset of entitlement. I thought that by 25 I would be married/engaged, own a house, and be in a career that I love - all things I desire. I struggled with being happy about my situation because I felt entitled to have all of my desires fulfilled NOW.

However, it's just fine if that's not where I am NOW. Thus, this year, I am committing myself to being content with delayed gratification. While some of my dreams and desires are not yet reality, in 2012, I will work to be content with where I am in the present, with reassurance and faith to know that my desires will be fulfilled someday.

#2. Love (specifically when I don't want to)

Building on number one, I was not (initially) happy with some of the changes that came in 2011. I complained a lot. However, complaining did not make me feel better, and it annoyed the heck out of those around me! Therefore, I am committing myself to love when I don't want to. Specifically to love difficult situations and people. It's hard to see the good in every situation. However, I know right now I have been blessed in so many ways due to those 2011 changes, and I am committed to seeing where God takes me!


Last year, I committed myself to this blog in a new way, and I can't believe how much it has really blessed me. In blogging, I have connected with new people, and found a number of other creative outlets that I truly enjoy. Recently I've found myself struggling to balance all of them, as a result of the limited time I have to devote to these creative outlets. Thus, this year, I'm going to focus on one creative outlet, and I'm choosing: PHOTOGRAPHY! I still don't know how to use my camera. Me taking a good picture is really about luck of the 'click.' I love how photography can capture a moment in time, so I can't wait to sharpen this skill!

Those are my resolutions. The source of my growth has been a result of growing closer to God. There is no way I could have gotten through 2011 without Him, and the support of my church in Philly, and now in Leesburg. Here's to a 2012 full of growth, happiness and love!

I picked up all of these pictures from this blog - some inspiration for Resolution #3!


  1. Thanks for sharing your goals! I'm with you on almost all of them! Especially the delayed gratification. We are so conditioned to want things right now! Instead of enjoying what was given to us at this moment.

    I'm also working on the photography. Matter of fact, I start my first photography class this evening!! I'm a point and clicker too and have not clue how to use the camera my parents bought for me last year. I'm looking forward to seeing your amazing pics!!

  2. What a beautiful post. I can personally apply all 3 of your resolutions to my life.

    Although I've been single for almost 12 years, (my 9 months with a very shallow bf don't really count in my eyes as a serious relationship) I would like to make sure I'm more grateful and enjoy each point in my life...just enjoy the journey to reaching my goals.

    Thank you for the inspiration and eloquently putting into words so much of what I feel about this new year.