The time for New Year’s resolutions has come around again, and I can’t resist jumping in, like I always do. However, I’ve made so many goals over the past years that instead of making all new goals, I’m just going to revisit some old ones and push forward for more progress.
- Publishing 100 blog posts in a year: I published 80 blog posts in 2012, close but not quite to my goal of 100, so I’m renewing this one for 2013 with no changes
- sending out at least two poems and two nonfiction essays: braving the beast of submissions is an ever-present challenge for me as a writer; last year I published two poems and one nonfiction essay, so I’m keeping it constant for poems and stepping it up for essays
- restarting my gratitude journal habit and attempting to write in it daily: I made an entry almost every day in 2011 and kept it going for a good portion of early 2012; this is a habit that made a serious different in my life and should be relatively easy to pick back up again
- finishing three needlework projects-in-progress: I’ve made various goals before about creativity, but also nested inside this goal is the hope that tackling these projects again will also reduce my screen time usage, another continual goal of mine
- freezer cooking one day a month: another recurring goal has been the desire to eat better, with less frenzy at the end of the day. Using Pinterest for meal planning has kept me trying new recipes this year, but I would love to stock my freezer with meals once a month and be able to rely on them during the busiest days and weeks. I have a cookbook specifically designed for this purpose, and Pinterest is full of recipes and tips; I just need to commit to doing it once a month.
- doing some kind of exercise once a week: I know, I know. All you marathoners and yoga beasts are laughing right now, but this is a weak area for me and always has been, so I’m trying to set a feasible goal, one that isn’t a huge leap but would cause some tangible good if I come anywhere close to meeting it
All of these goals have a common thread: taking better care of myself, and treating myself better, which sounds like the perfect theme for the new year. None of them have anything to do with my husband, my children, or my job, which also strikes me as a healthy move towards better balance in my life, and better attention focused on myself as a person, apart from these enormous and wonderful roles that consume so much of my life.
- 2012 in Review (jackieregales.com)
- Goal Setting 101 (into-mind.com)
- Goals for 2013 (shinecycle.wordpress.com)
- You: Top 10 Strategies for Making Your New Year’s Resolution Stick (lifehacker.com)
- 2013 Success: Setting SMART Resolutions (enlightenedlotuswellness.com)