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Holidays and New Year’s Resolutions

3 Jan

I’ve been on a bit of a blogging hiatus after being home for the holidays, but I am officially back!

This past week and a half has really been amazing. I was able to stay at my parent’s house. I love sleeping in my old bed, hanging out with my family and seeing my dog.

My dog Sammy hopped in bed with me the first night I was home

Most of the Christmas cookies were already made when I got home so Matt and I made a batch of Gingerbread Men on our own and they came out really good despite the fact that I accidentally spilled more flour in them than the recipe required.

I also got to make delicious tamales with my family.

All the fixings for our tamales

This is one of my favorite holiday traditions my mom brought with her from Costa Rica. Making tamales is a lot of work. Unfortunately my mom burned her hand on the stove Christmas night so I ended up doing a lot of the tamale preparation for the first time. I cooked the pork and kneaded the masa together. My brother Christian was also home from his college in California, so we worked together to make the tamales.

I was also able to see some of my best friends from college.

Girl's night at Sara's house

We got together at my friend Sara’s house and she put together a nice spread of appetizers and we brought some wine. It was great to see everyone. Since I’ve been in school in Boston it’s been a lot harder to see my friends so I love when we are able to get together. We all caught up and talked about all the new things going on in our lives. It’s also great to hear that my friends are all doing so well for themselves. I’m really proud of all of them.

Friday night Matt’s parents put together a masquerade party.

Me and Matt all dressed up for the masquerade

It was fun to dress up and wear masks for the night. That dress should look familiar, I liked it so much after featuring it in my post that I bought it. It was my first masquerade party and it was nice to see that so many people dressed up.

For New Year’s Eve I went out with Matt and some of his friends.

Some of the group outside on New Year's Eve

All the ladies on New Year's Eve

Last year we stayed in for New Year’s Eve so it was nice to get out and celebrate with friends.

I also got in five runs outdoors, it was nice to be able to still stay active with all the festivities. Today I was back to my regular eating and exercise schedule, which was nice. I got in a 4.5 mile run on the treadmill at a steady pace and it felt good.

Resolutions

After that whirlwind of a holiday, I’m back in Boston and back to work. Since I’ve been able to settle down I started really thinking of some resolutions and goals I want to set for myself for 2012.

1. Continue to be assertive in all aspects of my life

In 2011 I really started to speak out more at work in regards to my ideas and issues I have noticed. People always see me as the nice guy, which I’m ok with, but sometimes people take that as weakness. I’ve had to become more assertive so people don’t try to walk all over me. I think assertiveness is necessary to not only create boundaries, but to also get your thoughts and feelings out. I want to be assertive not just at work, but with all my personal interactions. This is something I’m constantly working on and is a a resolution I am renewing this year.

2. Save more money

I’m ok at saving, but I would like to get better at it. I want to be more aware of my spending habits, so I can enjoy the things I really love and cut out the frivolous things. I’m also realizing that I’m getting older and there are things that I will start to want/ need in the not-so-distant future, like a car and a home, so I have decided to put more money into savings this year.

3. Running one road race a month

Come this spring I would like to run about one road race a month. I know this won’t always be possible, but this is something I do really enjoy so I would like to be able to take part in more road races this year. I’m also considering some longer races. I still don’t see a marathon in the cards for me, but instead of completely ignoring the idea of possibly doing a half marathon I might actually consider doing one this year… we’ll see.

These are my resolutions for the new year, what are yours?

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