I love lists, we’ve been through that. So OBVIOUSLY I’m a regular New Year’s Resolution maker. And I’ve found that sharing goals and commitments with others (even with the dark expanse of internet readers – whoever you are) provides motivation and accountability to accomplish such goals.
So, I give you my 2016 New Year’s Resolutions:
1) Complete a Whole30. Queued up to start on January 11!! This is Whole30 take two for me – and I am approaching this with 80% more ambition and 60% less trepidation that the first time around. Also, realizing that I had better adjust my ice cream reference here.
2) Run a race. Just registered for a 10-miler in April!
3) Don’t buy any clothes this year. I am most scared about this one. I did this once about 5 years about and surprisingly found it to be no big deal. BUT – I like fashion and I work in a professional office that requires me to dress accordingly, so … I’m nervous. BUT – I’m also overwhelmed with the amount of money I spend on clothing and the volume of clothing that I own in relation to the space I have to store it in (a very tiny closet that I share with my roommate-who-is-also-my-husband), so I need to reign this in. As much as I like fashion, there are things I value much more that I would rather spend my money on this year.
4) Read 10 books. 2015 inadvertently turned into the year of Netflix for me (here’s lookin’ at you, Gilmore Girls!), but there are so.many books that I want to read. Ten really isn’t that many, but I have trouble finishing books, so ten complete books would be considered success for me.
5) Take piano lessons. Did you hear? Kyle bought me a piano for Christmas, and I feel like I finally have bandwidth to invest in this lifelong dream to be a piano player.
6) Write three times a week. I’ve been mulling over things regarding the blog and the shop this last month and have a million thoughts about how I want things to grow or how I don’t want things to grow and what exactly my goals are regarding these endeavors and if any of them are sustainable from a financial or lifestyle perspective and what my one year and five year plans is and if any of this is even important anyway. And after all this mental exertion, I come back to the whole reason I started this thing to begin with: I like to write. I like to create. Mind blowing, right? I like to write – I want to write – I’m so glad I can write. So, a modest goal to encourage me to invest in what got me into this whole thing.
7) Save money. This isn’t a personal finance blog, you can find plenty of those around the world wide web, so I’m avoiding specifics. But, particularly in light of the fact that neither my husband nor I will be enrolled in any type of academic program for the first time in our entire marriage (subtext: we will both have full-time JOBS!), I think this is a timely goal.
8) Call home. This one just got trickier on account of the fact that my parents just scrapped their land line and with it my childhood phone number that I’ve had memorized for the last 26 years. But, I’m going to power through that minor (and oddly emotional) setback, and commit to calling my folks on a regular basis.
So … what are YOUR goals?