In an effort to annoy all of my contributors (KIDDING!), we’re continuing the tradition of sharing our New Year’s Resolutions.
I’ve been doing this for a while, which you can find here.
Worthy read: 20 Things To Let Go Of Before The New Year
This year, I’m keeping things pretty simple. I’m starting to learn what works for me but also the amount of effort it takes to affect change in my life. I’m so different — so much more disciplined — from when I started this blog and sharing these goals, and I believe strongly in a continued effort toward self-improvement. I also believe that involves living life, cherishing experiences and learning when to let go (or say “no”).
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Without further adieu, here’s what’s on my goal list for 2015:
Fitness: I’m lucky enough to make my own workout schedule and to have a nice group of women who I’ve gotten to know through this. I’d love for us to do some kind of spring team event, if others are interested and we can find a good fit. Outside of that, I’d like to infuse more yoga into my routine (aerial yoga, I’m coming for you!) and …. drumroll … work up to unassisted set of pull-ups (Andy got me the fitness bands for me to practice).
Health: Drink more tea and eat more (wild caught) fish. I’ve been upgrading my habits over the last few years, and overall, I make fairly healthy choices and eat not-so-good stuff in relative moderation. But with the amount of red meat we consume, I should work harder to supplement with safe fishes and other proteins. Don’t tell Andy, but I may start Meatless Monday, just to help balance us a bit. I’m pretty good about water, also, but I think the addition of afternoon tea (something I only now do sporadically) would be a nice and healthful ritual for my workdays.
Time: On Sunday, I took the day off. I said, screw the week in review (I told you guys I was taking time off anyway), and Andy and I hit the couch and ate meat and cheese while watching football all day. It was glorious. And I wasn’t hungover. I don’t remember the last time I did nothing. For a person who believes strongly in moderation, that’s not so good! So, one of my 2015 goals is to figure out at least one day per fortnight where I legitimately take the day off. It will be a tough challenge, but I need to make sure I’m getting my R&R.
Work: Along with that, I resolve to be more efficient. I *finally* upgraded my previously three-plus step process for the Weekend Roundup into something much more manageable, but I should be better utilizing apps like Evernote (which I’ve had for years but use incredibly inconsistently) or find one that works better for me. I also gravely need to organize my massive photo archive.
Cooking: I love to cook, and a couple years ago finally graduated beyond Real Simple recipes, but we ate out A LOT in 2014. Granted, much of that is my job, but I do want to work better at using the food we have, cooking at home and saving money in the process.
Hobby: Below, you’ll notice that I resolved last year to get a hobby that gets me away from this computer screen. Well, this Christmas did it for me, it seems. I received a pickling crock and hot water bath canning set, so guess what you’re all getting for Christmas next year?
Sunshine: In 2015, I’d like to spend more time outdoors. We made a good effort last year, but you know what we didn’t do? Enjoy our patio. AT ALL. I think that one night a couple of friends joined me after happy hour, but that was it. I don’t think Andy and I spent one night outside together. For this, I do blame Dexter and Breaking Bad, but still. We also went for a few hikes in the beginning of the season, after which our motivation sputtered. We like hiking — especially when followed by Bloody Marys or brewery tours. To 2015!
What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Feel free to share in the comments.
Meanwhile, here’s how I did last year:
- Continue to declutter and minimize. Uh, even if I did, I need to again.
- Try a Whole30. Nope. I think I tried this for like two days and decided it was stupid. I eat just fine.
- Run. Eh. I ran a couple 5Ks, I think. Considering I’m on the Harrisburg Marathon Board now, I suppose I should probably hit the pavement again … in the spring. Eff treadmills.
- Photography. Took a class from Dani Fresh, which helped me tremendously. Used my camera a lot, but funny — haven’t seen it lately! This is a good reminder.
- Life list.
Hmm, do I still care about this?No, I don’t.
- Optimize my work schedule. Despite the fact that I continue to overbook (and then pull it off, which doesn’t help my problem at all), I definitely have found a work schedule that for the most part pleases me. I just need to schedule days off (see above).
- Exercise my dog more. Yes, someone has started destroying more household items if he doesn’t feel as though he has proper attention and exercise.
- Start a new hobby. No, still in the market for this. Or,
accept my job is also my hobbyso long as I promise to schedule a day or two off every now and then. [No, see above.]
- Write more. Definitely improved here, post-wise, but have some additional goals to meet.