12 Personal Resolutions for 2012

by Migdalia Rivera

Its the first week of 2012 and I’m excited to get started on the right foot.

Like many, I have made of list of goals/resolutions that I would like to accomplish. Actually, in honor of 2012, I have made 12! Some may seem redundant, some simple, and others so complex I’m not sure how I will accomplish them but I have a dollar and a blog and I’m not afraid to use them!

So here goes:

  1. Write one handwritten note, to be mailed or hand delivered, to a family member or friend for each day in 2012. I started this project because I think a hand written note can convey so much more than a text, Facebook post or even a tweet. It can be saved and cherished for years to come, passed down through the generations and treasured like other formats can’t.
  2. Laugh with gusto each and everyday, which brings me to number 3 below.
  3. Find humor in everyday situations.
  4. Remove the words “can’t”, “can not”, “failure” and “fail” from my vocabulary. I believe words are important; as a result, I will not say I can’t or cannot. I will instead look for ways that I can. I will not place myself in a box, too many people do that already. Because really what is a failure? It doesn’t mean you’ve failed. It means you’ve tried.
  5. Compliment myself at least one time each day in front of others. As a Latina woman, I was taught to not boast, to draw attention to myself and to stay silent. I say “BASTA! No more!” 2012 is the year to own my words and myself!
  6. Commit to wearing colored undies every single day. That means white, taupe, beige, and black can NOT be worn in 2012. I am wearing the brightest, laciest, and most garishly sexy undies every single day. I will no longer wait for a special occasion. Why not join me? Trust me, even if you are the only one who knows it, it’ll be sure to have you strutting! :)
  7. Lose 40, 30, 20 pounds this year. Aw shucks even 10 sounds good! I don’t want to be a stick figure, no matter what the latest fashion magazines say. I like my curves and I am sure the men do as well.
  8. Take a 15 minute walk around the neighborhood everyday while smiling! Yes, that means some days I will be pasting it on but who cares!
  9. Call someone every single day… before 9pm! No cell phone restrictions for me LOL
  10. Work less, de-stress and make a mess…of everything! If it isn’t fun, if it doesn’t give me joy, if I can’t get down and dirty than it’s not for me. This year, I promise to be me, whether others like it or not.
  11. Say YES more often. Yes, to a weekday date. Yes, to a longer lunch. Yes, to life! I only have one to live and YES I want to live it!
  12. Love unconditionally whether they give it back or even deserve it. I am going to live passionately. I am going to love passionately. I am going to be ME.


Let’s talk! What are your 2012 resolutions? Let us know in a comment!

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About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

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1 alissa apel January 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm

These all seem like great goals!

I joined the YMCA 3 months ago, so we’re sticking with that. We won a three month membership through Mica’s school! SCORE!

I want to keep eating on little plates. I eat less, but I am full.

I need to read labels more! Especially on things like lotion, shampoo and conditioner. Methosulphate gave me hives pretty bad! Steriod shots/antibiotics are no fun! They made me gain weight! :(

This one sounds gross, but here goes: I want to drink my steamed veggie water. I tried it, added my tea and it was really good. Good for me to!
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2 Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie January 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm

These are the best New Year’s resolutions! It’s not about changing who you are, but embracing yourself and just enjoying life more! Love it! Wishing you the best in 2012!

And it’s so true about #6. If you know you’re wearing something sexy underneath your clothes, you feel differently and carry yourself differently. With more confidence. :)
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3 Eliana Tardio January 4, 2012 at 6:13 pm

I love all them but specially the last one, it is so important to learn to love for the only reason of loving and enjoying giving the best of you. Another great one is, laughing every day! yes! everyday right after opening my eyes I make my best to smile and start the day in a positive way :) happy new year!
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4 Patricia January 4, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Those are great resolutions. Power to you! My resloution this year is to stress less. There is no need to stress. There are somethings that you just can’t control and you havd to let go!

5 perudelights January 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Number 5 is a natural to me. Lol… I´ve been complimenting myself all my life since I can remember, and loving it. Besides, I don´t need to wait for anybody saying something nice about me, because I´m the goddess!!! Lol. Great post.

6 Comiendo en LA January 4, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Love this! Specially number 5 and 8!

7 Mercedes @BeChicMag January 4, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Wait to go! I like #8 and #9 best. Happy New Year, Migdalia!

8 Carla @ All of Me Now January 4, 2012 at 11:54 pm

I’m just getting around to planning my year and writing more handwritten notes is on my list too! I’m looking forward to buying pretty stationery and seeing my handwriting again, not to mention let my daughters see how important it is to write to the people you love.

9 Ericka Sanchez (@NibblesNFeasts) January 5, 2012 at 1:48 am

Great way to start 2012! Thank you for these simple tips that can make a big difference in one’s year.

10 Sujeiry January 5, 2012 at 8:07 am

I really want to work on saying ‘I can’t and ‘I hate’ less. I also want to stop complaining! I believe negative words bring negative energy and I want all the positivity I can get!

Great list. You have inspired me to create my own!!!

11 Kiki January 5, 2012 at 8:23 pm

great resolutions! Best of luck in 2012!!

12 Eva Smith of Tech.Food.Life. January 6, 2012 at 5:42 am

Love #11 & #12. We all gotta give back a little more and spend some more time with ourselves. Hope your New Year has gotten off to a great start. Happy New Year.
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13 lisarenata January 8, 2012 at 3:29 pm

“compliment my self” That is a good one, I need to remember that. Happy 2012!
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14 Carrie at TikiTikiBlog! January 9, 2012 at 8:50 am

I love them all. Especially Number 1!
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15 Viviana Hurtado/The Wise Latina Club January 11, 2012 at 12:42 am

I don’t know where to start because I love and find inspiration in all your passionate, real resolutions. Nothing but wisdom and joie de vivre emanates from you and these goals!

16 Presley's Pantry January 14, 2012 at 2:53 am

I love your resolutions…. sounds like you are going to be having a lot of fun.
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