Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 New Year's Resolutions Review

Last year my resolutions were:
1. More art
2. More exercise
3. More community service

...is it a cop-out to use the same 3 for 2013?  I did OK, but there is room for improvement on all 3.

It took most of the year to even get started on this... but now I'm getting to a place where my "art muscles" are getting back in shape.  I've made some jewelry, hand-painted greeting cards, learned how to felt and completed a few projects, and started attending a weekly figure drawing session.  In the 2nd week of 2013 I'm taking a 3-day painting workshop with Warren Chang, so I'll "start off with a bang."  I'm also painting something to bring to the class for a critique.  I hope to continue the figure drawing sessions and also to find some models so I can actually finish pieces.

Thanks to the incentive of fitting into the white dress, I exercised more this year than I have since I stopped dancing.  That said, it still wasn't much, and was completely inconsistent... especially after July 21st.  I am proud to say though, that I completed my first TWO 5Ks in 2012.  I also worked with Physical Therapists for a few months on my elbows (Rheumatoid Arthritis sucks), and I was something of a regular at a Pacific Grove Jazzercise class.  Granted, I was the youngest participant by at least two decades, but that seems to be a theme lately.  A few times, Hubs and I went for walks on the golf course or beach, but it wasn't frequent, and admittedly, they weren't very brisk walks.

I helped with the SPCA's Pet Telethon, I was the top individual fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Walk/Run, I spent two days ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at Trader Joes... and unfortunately that about sums it up.  This is something I really hope to improve on in 2013.

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