12months12changes check in

At the beginning of this year, I set out 12 changes I wanted to make in 2014, one for each month.

12 months 12 changes

Now that we are a few months into the year, I thought it was time for a check in.

To be honest, overall it hasn’t been going too well, but let’s take it month by month.

January – Keep in Touch

I have a big family and they mean the world to me, but they probably have no idea because I do a terrible job of keeping in touch with them! My goal was to talk to my parents once a week and reach out to each of my siblings at least once a month in some way – call, email, text, or… smoke signals?

I did a good job of this in January, but since then… not so much. This is something IΒ really want to get better about, which is why I set it for January – it was a top priority! I feel like I may need a more coherent strategy to improve. Any tips?

The idea behind spreading my goals over 12 months was to phase them (rather than tackling too much at once), so I’m notΒ too worried, but I am disappointed in myself. Part of the rationale for this check-in post is to hold myself accountable to keep working, so hopefully this will help me get back on track.

February – Yoga every day

This is the one goal I’m rocking!

twisted headstand

I started right on February 1st, and I haven’t missed a day yet. What and how much I do each day depends on what my schedule looks like and what my body needs, but I’ve done at least 15 minutes every day, and usually I practice for an hour.

bound half moon

March – Spanish every day

Guys, I’m embarrassed to admit this, but it is March 19th… and I haven’t practiced my spanish once!!

Well, I take that back. I “practice” in that John and I speak in spanglish spanish randomly throughout the day, but that’s all spanish that I already know, and it’s not at all what I meant by this goal. The point was to spend a few minutes with my Rosetta Stone each day to keep learning more.

Ideally, I would like to do this first thing in the morning (because I’m a morning person). The problem is that my mornings are full of blog reading (and sharing of my own posts on all the networks). Fellow bloggers know what I’m talking about, non-bloggers… let’s just say it’s slightly crazy how much time we spend on this stuff. πŸ™‚ Anyway, that’s really no excuse. When you really want to do something, you make it a priority, so it’s up to me to make it a priority. Again, I’m hoping admitting my complete failure on this month’s goal so far will help motivate me!

So that’s where I am today! I’ll keep posting updates as the year goes on, and feel free to challenge me and send me harassing emails, comments, and tweets to keep me from slacking. πŸ™‚

Questions: How are you doing on your goals/resolutions for 2014? Any tips for keeping in touch with loved ones? Do you speak any other languages? (A lo mejor EspaΓ±ol??) If so, how did you learn?

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21 comments on “12months12changes check in

    1. BusyBod Post author

      That’s a super smart plan. I’m hoping to live walking distance to the train when we move to Boston. If I am, then I’m totally using the walk to catch up with people too, such a good idea. For now I’ll just have to keep working to make it a priority in my normal day.

  1. Amy @ The Little Honey Bee

    I think you are doing great and I love the idea of your 12 months, 12 changes. I think I shall implement that eventually. Some ideas:
    1. Keeping in touch: Pick a person a day/every few days to reach out to. Write them down and then make the effort. That’s what I do when my list of people I want to talk to is over-flowing. You can’t speak to them all at once (or even all on the same day) but spreading it out is realistic.
    2. Do you use HootSuite to schedule Tweets? It’s a lifesaver! I schedule all my Tweets for the day either the night before or the morning of.
    3. I have cut back on blog reading. I was reading 50 blogs a day! I can’t keep that up (as much as I wish I could). I hate to say this but it’s true: sometimes there are more important things to do then checking what someone ate.
    And on that note… LOL… just kidding! But seriously I have to shower and get ready for work. LOVE YOU! Happy Wednesday πŸ™‚
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Omg you’re crazy with your 50 blogs a day!! I’ve cut back a little too. I feel bad, but it was literally taking up hours of my morning. It was just too much, and honestly it wouldn’t be sustainable anyway. Once I”m working that will not be an option!

  2. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats

    Love this idea of spreading out your goals over the year by month. I set some goals for the year but I probably need to check in on them as I think I’ve been quite lax with them…oops!

    I so want to learn a language. I’ve talked to Nick about learning Italian together but we both have been too busy (ahem, lazy) to actually do anything about it.
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Haha I think the lazy is definitely partly to blame for my Spanish fail. I really need to make it a priority though, otherwise we’ll never be able to raise our (distant future) babies bilingual!

  3. Kim

    Well, if I remembered any of my high school Spanish, I would start using it over here to help!!! Maybe if you add in a few blogs that are written in Spanish that will help?!
    Great job on the yoga – that’s awesome!!
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Ooo that’s a good idea. I hadn’t thought of working on my spanish by reading in spanish, but I learn best through reading, so that could actually be perfect.

  4. Louise@FitRadiance

    Great idea! I’m pretty close to my parents (must be the only child thing :P), and although we live an hour apart, they visit every Sat and we text everyday.
    I’ve always wanted to learn another language, but something always seems to get in the way! It can be so hard just staying on top of daily things like workouts and blogging! Which I agree, takes up a crazy amount of time πŸ˜›
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    1. BusyBod Post author

      Aw that’s so nice! I wish I was that close with my family, but I guess with so many siblings plus parents, it would be overwhelming to text with all of them every day.

  5. Jennifer

    One thing that really helps me keep in touch with friends and family is Facebook. I know it sounds cheesey, but so many are on it, that it is the only way I can keep up with all the people I want to. I try to get on at least once a day & check in on the people I care about. I mught comment on one if their posts or send them a quick message. I guess it’s not as personal as a phone call, but at least it is something! Good luck!

    1. BusyBod Post author

      Ah so true! I used to be much better about this, I think because we all used to use facebook more. Now I’m not on it as much, and neither are my siblings, so I forget about it. But your’e right, such a good way to keep in touch, even if it is less personal.

  6. Amy @ Long Drive Journey

    Hmm, I don’t think I really made any resolutions other than to be mindful and more present and happy. I think I’m doing okay with those so far! As far as keeping in touch, maybe picking a day of the week that works to call your parents and then just setting an alarm for yourself. For me, I am usually free on Sunday afternoons, so if I need to contact someone I can do it that day. Maybe that might help!
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  7. Jordan @ The Blonde Vegan

    Kim! Ahh, I so feel you on the half-accomplished/half-ignored New Years resolutions. But honestly I feel like that’s what the middle of March is for… to re-check in, reevaluate, and think about which of your resolutions were the most realistic and the most doable in your everyday life. YAY on the yoga every day, I am with you on that one and it’s definitely amazing. And the keeping in touch — that’s something you can make time for and feel great about when you’ve mastered it by the end of the year, so go for it! And Spanish… so awesome. I tell myself every year I am going to work on my Spanish and Italian, and every year I fall more and more away from it… ah!! And YES on the hours of blogging/connecting in the mornings. Bless our crazy busy awesome bloggin’ souls, hehe.
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  8. Davida @ The Healthy Maven

    I use the blog to keep in touch…well at least it seems that way because when I do talk to friends and fam they already know what’s going on in my life so we can spend more time talking about theirs πŸ˜‰

    And I’ve failed at most of my goals except responding to emails which is somewhat shocking! I think we follow through on our goals when we are ready to achieve them. It’s important to still set them though. One day I’ll stop bitting my nails!!!
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  9. erin @ The Almond Eater

    Ahhhh not bad not bad miss! First of all, yay for yoga every day! That’s definitely a plus. Maybe you could mark it on your calendar to call your parents every___________? Sometimes I do that! I”m also with you on the Spanish. I said I was going to do Rosetta Stone but honestly, my life is jam-packed since I started taking health coaching classes and I just don’t have time. It’s a lame excuse but it’s semi true, so I am with you in that boat!
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  10. Tina Muir

    This is awesome Kim! What a great way of slowly incorporating new habits into your life! This is great! I need to do something like this! I went to hot yoga yesterday, and left feeling SO much more relaxed and calm!

    I am pretty good at keeping in touch with my loved ones as they are all the way back in England, so we facetime a lot, I am so grateful for the technology to do that!
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  11. Anna

    Hah, I started learning French and was all over it…for about 3 days. Then I got distracted and have yet to make any more progress. There’s always just so much to do! But you have been so great at the yoga, and that’s a really good goal! I’m sure the other things will pick up, too πŸ™‚
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