Archive | January, 2012

52 FEATS – THE END

2 Jan

In my original 52 FEATS blog entry, I said that I wanted these Feats to be “things that really encourage me to break out of my shell, to develop a good habit, or to break a bad one.”  I think I’ve accomplished that – and then some.  Never in my life have I put so much thought into my actions and choices, or taken so much time to think about what kind of person I want to be.

This has been a terrific adventure.  In some ways I’m sad to see it come to an end, but part of me will be glad to regain a bit of free time every week!

First, I want to sincerely thank everyone who has read my blogs throughout this year.  It was incredibly encouraging to read people’s comments, or to be asked what Feat was coming up next.  It has been a humbling experience to know I had so many people in my corner.

Second, I want to thank my husband for not only supporting me and helping me come up with ideas every week, but also for the great surprise of printing out all my Feats and compiling them into a book.  That was, without a doubt, the most thoughtful gift I’ve ever received!  (I sobbed like a baby when he gave it to me Christmas morning.)

A friend of mine recently asked if I continue to do all 52 of the Feats, all the time.  Nope!  I wish I could say each of them stuck with me perfectly and I never waver, but that’s not the case.  I still obsessively check email on my phone, and I definitely still need to cut down on fast food and sodas.  But I don’t see that as failing at all.  Without a doubt, I consider this whole year a terrific success.

So, down to brass tacks.  Here are some things I learned from my Feats, in no particular order:

  1. Giving blood doesn’t hurt all that bad. (But the finger prick for the iron test – yowch!)
  2. I can do anything, if I just put my mind to it.
  3. I can, in fact, stick with something for a whole entire year.
  4. Running is the worst form of torture.
  5. I am capable of big things, and perhaps I don’t give myself enough credit for what I can accomplish.
  6. Doing things in the public eye is a good incentive not to fail.
  7. The news is depressing and overly sensational.
  8. There is so much good in my life.
  9. Putting my goals in writing can help me make them a reality.
  10. There is always room for improvement.
  11. If at first I don’t succeed, I really can try again.  It’s OK.
  12. My iPhone is a wicked temptress.
  13. Shutting up and smiling is an appropriate – and helpful – response to just about any situation.

Now that 2011 is over, what’s next for me?  In 2012, I have decided – for the first time in years – NOT to make a resolution list.  I think the list of Feats last year was enough.  Instead, I want to try and ask myself one simple question:

How am I living today?

Am I being the best person I can be?  Showing my kids the best example possible?  Making the most of every day?  All of the Feats, taken together as a whole, embody this idea.

So even though this experiment is over, I still plan to live with all of the Feats in mind.  In addition to the cool book from my husband, I have all 52 Feats taped to my bathroom mirror.  They’re never too far from my mind.

Thanks, from the bottom of my heart!

Jen

P.S. I signed up for guitar lessons!

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