12 Changes



As 2011 is coming to an end, I’ve been wondering what ways I can make 2012 interesting for myself in terms of goals and accomplishments. At the beginning of the year I gave myself a short list of New Years Resolutions that, much to my surprise, I’ve almost entirely completed. There are a few reasons I started to fail in the last couple months though (namely in the health department) and I couldn’t figure out how to set myself up with a project that could, potentially, keep me motivated throughout the year.

Then, bloggers to the rescue, Stephany and Katherine had a conversation about this EXACT kind of thing and created a project. They’re calling it 12 Changes, and according to Katherine’s blog post about it, there are nearly FORTY bloggers who want to be a part of it. If everyone is committed, I think this could be the coolest thing bloggers have ever come together to do for the sake of feeling better about ourselves.

The project is really simple, it basically states that each month of 2012, you have to make one change in your lifestyle so that by the end of the year you should have changed twelve things and turned them into regular habits. By giving each of these changes one month to take hold, we’re all really hoping that it won’t feel super drastic and dramatic all at once, but by the end of 2012 we’ll have actually done all of these great things.

12 Changes reminds me A LOT of The Happiness Project [by Gretchen Rubin]. I wrote about it a little while ago when I read the book by Gretchen Rubin, and I had completely forgotten about it until 12 Changes came up. When I had originally read The Happiness Project I had REALLY wanted to do something similar for myself (because I love goals and it just sounds like a lot of fun) so I think that Stephany & Katherine’s plan is just perfect.

I still haven’t exactly decided what my 12 changes are going to be, but I think I’m going to make mine look a little bit like a Happiness Project. I love the idea of 12 changes, one per month, but this is by no means a happiness project for me. I much prefer the name that was given to our blogger project.

I’m playing around with the idea of getting rid of my usual monthly goals, and instead focusing my energy each month on my given “change”. In each one of my goals, I’m going to have sub-goals, and I think I’ll instead make THOSE my monthly plans.

I haven’t fully decided what I want my list to look like yet, but I do have an idea of what each month is going to be about. Here’s what I have so far:

January: healthy eating
February: fitness
March: budgeting
April: procrastination
May: goals
June: friendships
July: personal living
August: mindfulness (or being open-minded)
September: school
October: organization
November: family
December: round-up (putting it all into practice)

I had originally come up with a list of 12 habits I wanted to improve upon, but then I remembered how inspired I was by the Happiness Project, so I took a few helpful tips from Gretchen Rubin & now I can instead incorporate my current lists of goals into my resolutions for 2012.

I’m currently super motivated to make this list the most work-able set of resolutions I’ve ever made. I’m excited to choose 2-4 smaller goals within each of the months to work on, and hopefully in the process cross off the remaining goals in my 101 in 1,001 (it ends in 2012!) and my 23 Before 23 (it ends in July!). Next year is going to be a BUSY year for me, but with this blogger project I’m beginning to think I’ll be ready to take it on.

I can’t wait to share more details with you, and if you have any other ideas, tips or things you think I should add in, let me know!Β If you’d like to be a part of 12 Changes, it’s super easy. You can leave a comment below and I can get you in touch with Steph or Katherine, or if you know them then just e-mail them directly and they’ll let you know what’s going on!Β 

How do you feel about New Year’s Resolutions? Do you ever stick to yours? Are you going to make any this year?!


14 responses »

  1. I LOVE how your monthly goals have a theme! That’s such an awesome idea. I’d love to do that but I really want to focus on my healthy eating for most of the year. I’m really excited about this and super super excited you’re coming along for the ride!

    I was talking this over with Katherine and she mentioned how she’ll have little weekly goals that leads to the bigger goal which I love. I think I’ll do the same because it breaks it up to more manageable goals that make the bigger goal not seem so scary.

  2. I love this idea. And breaking things up into months somehow seems to make New Year’s resolutions more attainable. I am going to give this some thought, and may well be joining you in 2012!

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  4. I love taking small steps to changing your life. Have you tried the website healthmonth.com? It’s a way to track monthly goals and then you earn points when you achieve your goals. I’ve been doing it for the last couple of months and it’s been helpful in implementing new goals like eating fruit, doing yoga, and taking a vitamin. Can’t wait to see your progress in 2012!

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