Revisiting my New Year’s Resolutions because I’m feeling a bit uninspired with writing and creating these days, and I want to remember why I made some of these commitments in the first place.
That’s one of the reasons that I really like writing down goals – particularly New Year’s Resolutions – all year long they remind me of that motivation and inspiration I had at the beginning of the year. So I can rely on the optimistic January Julie, even if Mid-March Julie isn’t really feelin’ it. And the fact that they are annual commitments is encouraging too. Sticking with something for an entire year is admirable (perhaps especially when I’d rather forget I ever made these goals). It’s kind of like the rules have already been set, so I don’t have to waste energy trying to decide what I should or shouldn’t do – the resolutions are already written down!
So, let’s see where we’re at as we enter second quarter:
2) Run a race. Oh boy. I’ve signed up for a 10 miler that is exactly one week from today, and I don’t think I’ve run once in the last month. I’ve been doing a lot of walking (that you, Phil), but no running. I’m 100% sure I won’t be running the aforementioned race, but I’m also 95% sure that I will be able to squeeze in SOME length of race over the next nine months.
3) Don’t buy any clothes this year. Mostly doing well. Expect for that first loophole of store credit I mentioned. And the second loophole of having Kyle buy me a couple of items for our recent trip. But mostly doing well.
4) Read 10 books. I’ve completed three so far (Water for Elephants (Gruen), Wild in the Hollow (Haines), and A Study in Death (Huber). I’ve started a couple more (Cutting for Stone and Big Magic).
5) Take piano lessons. Currently enrolled, currently loving it, and currently seeing improvements. (Do you need a piano teacher recommendation? I’d LOVE to sing the praises of mine to you – she’s delightful!)
6) Write three times a week. Not quite. I’m averaging only 2 times per week so far this year. There’s still time to turn this one around!
7) Save money. As vague as this one is, I’m actually feeling really good about it, largely on account of our newly opened online savings accounts with Ally. I like that you’re able to easily create “sub”-accounts and label them with specific savings goals. I find the more specific my goal, the more likely I am to, you know, save.
8) Call home. Not an actual land line as we previously discussed, but I’m doing pretty good on calling the folks’ cell phones, I’d say. Also, both of my parents are now full-out texters, so that’s, um, weird. And convenient.
Feeling inspired to try and get back into things.