In 2012

I don't really 'do' resolutions. I either find them to be faulty, too difficult to keep, and a little cliche. Or could it be that I don't want to hold myself accountable to anything? It's really just too much pressure to have to lose 20 pounds, find a job that pays twice as much as what I make now, redecorate my entire apartment and institute world peace, all within the first 3 months of the year (because let's face it, who is still working on their new year's resolutions come April and beyond?).

I have no idea why January 1st makes me depressed.

But in all seriousness, I'm excited for 2012. I promise, I am. Of course I have high hopes for the new year. I would, in fact, love to lose 20 pounds. I'd love to make more money and install custom tiling in my bathrooms and built-in shelving in my living room. I'd really love to finally be the one responsible for world peace. Of course most of this list is highly unrealistic. And so, my dear friends and readers, I came up with a few small things/goals/resolutions that I'd love to work on this year. I think all of these would fall into the category of 'I'm-pushing-myself-but-these-are-probably-attainable' goals.

1. Keep blogging.

Sometimes...just sometimes...I feel highly unmotivated to blog. A few days go by where traffic is 'eh' and I receive no comments or Tweets or Facebook likes, and I think...why do I bother? I'm talking to myself! I've spoken about this many times. Sometimes I wonder why I do this at all and what do I get out of it? And the honest answer is that my blog brings me happiness every single day. Even on my 'I have nothing to say' days. Because one single comment is enough to turn my day around and make it wonderful. And even without comments, emails or communication, it makes me happy to write and to cook. And to eat...obviously. So I can't forget about that. And so thanks to all of YOU who read my blog! It makes me incredibly happy :)

2. Find some freelance writing assignments.

This falls under the category of extremely low self-confidence. I'm making a promise to me that I will push myself this year. I will put myself out there. And what's the worst that can happen? I'm not freelance writing now, so it can't really be all that disappointing.

3. Find a better balance of exercise, healthy eating and indulging.

I know. This is something that I feel like I'm always talking about, thinking about and mentioning on the blog. I think a lot of people do this. But I really want to make an effort to actually do this.

4. Smile more.

I like to think that I'm a fairly optimistic person (case in point: when Shaun and I bet each other on the Giants game, I always, always pick the Giants, with the spread and take the over...what can I say? I'm a hopeless romantic). I really do honestly try and find the silver lining in every situation that comes my way. I don't ever want things to be so bad that I can't find something to smile about. And so, I want to smile more. Because how bad can things be when you are smiling?!

5. Keep on keeping on with my 30 by 30 list.

Though I have accomplished a lot on my list, I'm approaching the half way point to my 30th birthday and thus must rededicate myself to the list! I got distracted by autumn and holiday fun and now I'm ready to get back on track.

None of these are earth shattering goals or resolutions, but they are all things that I hope for in 2012! I am also approaching a big milestone in January when The Avid Appetite turns 2! So a big, fat, giant hug to everyone who reads this blog! It would be nothing with you :)

Questions of the Day:

Are you setting goals or resolutions for 2012?

What are you looking forward to most this year?

psst...its a new year and we've got a new look over on The Peach & The Pit! Today I'm blogging about meal planning for the new year!