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Today I realized that I have been keeping up with this blog for a little bit over a year, so I took the time to look back at some of the first posts that I had written. I look at myself through this blog a year ago, and I remember how confused I was — about my futures, my goals… myself.

On January 2, 2011, I wrote a post entitled “2011: The Year I Got My Life in Order.” I set one New Years resolution for myself:

decide what I want in life and get motivated to make it happen

Personally, I think I did damn good.

A year ago, I had just gotten rejected from Texas Creative, the original reason I had become an advertising major, I was frantically searching for a last-minute internship, and considering switching my major to Public Relations. Hence the resolution.

But this year I applied and was accepted into the TexasMedia program, travelled to London to work a summer internship, and took a trip to New York City, where I networked with 4 agencies in hopes of securing a full time job come post-grad.

now I’m not really sure where the next year will take me.

2011 was definitely a year that has shaped my future. 2012 will be the year that begins it.

On March 14, 2012 I will be turning 22, and for me that kind of signifies the real start to adulthood. 21 was a year to play and have fun, 22 means it’s time to get serious. On May 18, 2012 I will be graduating from the University of Texas. Shortly after that, if all goes as planned, I will be picking up and shipping out to New York City, fulfilling a dream I’ve had for years.

See that.

That is what I call a plan.

A year ago, I didn’t have one, and I told myself that soon I was going to have one. This might have been the first New Years resolution I actually made happen, ever. Well, cheers to 2011, and I cannot wait for 2012!

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I’ve never been a person to criticize my body or think I’m overweight. But then again, I’ve never been a person to watch what I eat or work out on a regular basis. But recently, with spring break coming up in three weeks (eeeeek!!), I can’t help but look in the mirror and really miss my dancer’s body. When I danced in high school, it was about my senior year that I was probably in the best shape of my life. I was thin and toned and could probably do more stomach crunches then than I could do jumping jacks now.

But, let’s face it. I’m a college student so consumed with school, an internship, and 3 organizations that can barely find time to hit the gym. And when I do find that time, I’m so exhausted I’d rather just take a nap.

My new year’s resolution this year was not to lose weight, but simply to be healthier. The idea was that by being healthier, the slight weight loss would come to. It’s the middle of February, and I’ve finally started to get going.

What I want to do is not only eat healthier, but eat less. No, I don’t mean going anorexic. I mean watching portion sizes and not snacking 5 million times a day. I’m the type of person who loves to eat (what can I say, I’m Italian!), and most of the time I will keep eating until I’ve put myself in a food coma and there’s no more food on the plate in front of me. I also enjoy eating when I’m bored. Chips and salsa are a staple in my apartment.

So I’ve taken on a low-calorie diet, which is helping me realize that I can eat smaller portions and still be fully satisfied at the end of a meal. And helping me do this is my new favorite app, Lose It. It tracks the food you eat and the exercise you get in, and gives you a baseline number of daily calories allotted depending on the amount of weight you want to lose each week. Best part about it is that it is free from the iPhone app store.

Here’s a screen shot of the food log. It’s super simple to read and keep up with all day.

So here’s to resolutions and having them finally kick in a month and a half late!

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New Years resolutions are littering my twitter feed and Google reader. Some people want to lose 10 pounds, some only 5. Some people want to read more, learn more, be more spontaneous. To me, New Years resolutions seem so cliché, so I have never really participated. I’ll be honest, if I say I want to lose weight, I’ll be very enthusiastic about going to the gym… for about two weeks.

This year my mindset is a little different. The past few weeks have been a very relaxing break from the stress that is college life. I’ve had time to really reflect on what I’ve done over the past two and a half years and really think about what I want to do with my degree and where I see myself in the future.

And I’ve come to a conclusion. I’ve developed one New Years resolution that is broad, but captivating. It is simple, like I think all resolutions should be, and offers a big picture and a big goal:

When I am 40 years old, married with kids, and have a career, I want to look back and say that 2011 was truly the year I got my life in order, the year I decided exactly what I wanted in life and the year that I really got motivated to make it happen.

So bring it on 2011, I’m ready for you.

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