Hello 2013!

I’m excited to be back on the grid with this blog post. I took a 2 week hiatus from work to spend the holidays with my family in Texas. After lots of great homemade, Puerto Rican cooking I’m happy that my weight gain was minimal. I returned to Iowa last Friday to be greeted with snowy and icy roads. It’s a drastic change of scenery from the 60 degree weather I experienced in San Antonio…but what can you do with Mother Nature?
The New Year has sort of crept up on me, and I don’t feel completely refreshed from my vacation (wish I had another week to vacation from my actual vacation). I’ve been a little distracted with catching up at work, responding to emails, reviewing student job applications, writing references for my students, etc. Here we are, 1st week of the year, and I started to think about “what am I going to do different this year?” A lot of people make resolutions in their personal and professional lives during this time, but I feel like we can make changes and resolutions at any point in time. Resolutions fall through and we beat ourselves up over it. However, creating goals can provide us with more accountability on the things we’re trying to achieve. There’s more of a realistic expectation when making a goal. Instead of making a resolution to lose weight, we can create a goal like I’m going to lose 20 pounds this year by increasing my activity at the gym to three times a week. Catch my drift on the difference? (Plus, notice how I’m telling myself to go to the gym 3 times a week. Gotta burn off that arroz con gandules!)

As far as my goals for this year, I’m looking forward to many changes ahead in my path. There are many things that are going to happen in the next couple of months with both my professional and personal life. There are going to be gray skies in my near future, but I’m hoping to weather the storm. When those events happen, I will hopefully be able to share them with you all. Lucky #13? Oh yes! The time is coming for changes. My time is coming in particular, but I’m hoping 2013 is going to bring along new professional opportunities, personal growth, and more happiness. I really want to work on balance in my life, and take care of my heart more. Stress can do a number on your heart and your overall emotional well-being. So this year, my attention will be on doing things that make me happy, engaging in hobbies, and making new friends. In the end, we all want to be happy…so that’s my resolution and my overall goal: to be happy. Not only in 2013, but every day from here on out.

What are some of your 2013 Goals? 

Tabatha Cruz

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