New Year’s Resolutions
Longtime readers know I’m a big fan of resolutions. I can’t help but be inspired by the idea of hitting “refresh” on a new year. Too bad no one comes in to clean my house for me in the interim.
For kicks, here’s what I’ve resolved in the past:
And without further adieu, my 2014 New Year’s resolutions are:
1. Continue to declutter and minimize. I like stuff, so sue me. I’m sentimental, too, and sometimes I’m glad to rediscover things I’ve kept over the years. However, I know the risks (like a stack of frames without photos, gifts without a place), so it’s important to use what I have and discard, sell or recycle what I don’t. This goes for linens, closets, food and of course my office.
2. Try a Whole30. I read the parameters before writing this, and it’s a bit scary (to me). No beer, wine or other alcohol will be a challenge for what I do for a living, but I can deal. I’m not afraid of black coffee. But I am afraid of not eating popcorn for a month. And I just noticed nearly all my coveted Torchbearer Sauces have sugar in them, dammit. I’m contemplating this challenge for February, but we’ll see. If not Whole30, then a version of it. Taking suggestions!
3. Run. I have a bunch of running gear. I have good running shoes I was fit for (that have hardly any miles on them), running leggings, I have a SPIbelt, ipod arm band, multiple apps to track my every step, plenty of layers, including a sweet new jacket I got for Christmas. I haven’t run since – oh, July. I lost my mojo. Need to find it. Especially for the upcoming 2nd annual Jersey Mike Memorial Rock + Run 5K on April 12. P.S. – Mark your calendars, folks.
4. Photography. Holy shit how many times does this need to be on my resolutions list? I was so into photography in high school that my graduation gift was a Canon Rebel G (still have it), and last year I purchased a digital SLR from a friend so that I could take better pictures for my blog, which I did. However, I used the goddamned thing on “auto” almost exclusively. I need a class to re-learn, or just get out my old photo notebooks from high school, which yes, I still have because of #1.
6. Optimize my work schedule. This is more business than personal, but they intertwine. I want to work more in advance, make time for my workouts, and get out into the city more. I love working from home with my dog (and the flexibility to stay put when winter weather looms), but I need to get out and see all of your faces more.
7. Exercise my dog more. He is a champion sleeper, no doubt, but he is happiest when he gets out for a daily tour. Again, because of #6 we tend to work exclusively from my office and not leave. It’s dumb. I’d love for him to help me with #2, but he’s not so awesome on a leash. Maybe in time if we work on it.
8. Start a new hobby. I need something that gets me off of this computer. My husband is desperate to be a Moonshiner, but I’d like to start with something easier like making my own wine or brewing my own beer. Or maybe get back into non-computerized game like Scrabble or cards.
9. Write more. I churn a pretty extensive amount of original content each week, but that often leads to skipping out on more personal posts, particularly vacation or getaway posts that I think readers would enjoy. I’m still kicking myself for not writing about trips to Chicago, Luray, Va., and more. I want to make a point to better document my own travels and experiences.
What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Feel free to share in the comments.
Meanwhile, here’s how I did last year:
- Return to running. Fail.
- Try new fitness. Success. Read here & here.
- Try a diet or cleanse. Didn’t even try. Maybe this year.
- Buy b&w film, dust off my Canon Rebel G and re-teach myself some photography. Back on the list, though I did take more photos.
- Try Little Amps. Oh, yes. Check!
- Make more time for friends. I certainly wasn’t as harried as the year prior, but it turns out my friends are just as busy, too. I also started a book club, which brings some friends (new and old) together once a month.
- Learn more favorite family recipes. On the top of the list: Dad’s sauce and Mom’s cheesecake. While I’m at it,blog more recipes, including my venison specialties for my husband’s blog, Team Surra Outdoors. I still don’t have the secrets to Mom’s cheesecake or Dad’s sauce (but I better in 2014), but I did try to do a few more Sara’s Kitchen posts, and those will continue.
- Build a successful business. Working on it!
- Write life list. Still hanging out there.