We made it! We are now successfully existing here in 2014.
I’ve really missed the boat on my “New Year Resolution” post to the point where I’m guessing most resolutions are already broken. But I am known for my creative timing, so here we are.
Now that things have finally started calming down a bit, I’ve been trying to put together my plan for 2014. I realized a long time ago that I wasn’t very good at resolutions. Turns out I’m not very good at Bucket Lists either as evidenced by my attempts over the last two years. I think I crossed 9 items off of 2013’s list.
Luckily, by definition, you can’t actually fail at a bucket list, so that’s why I chose that route in the first place because failure sucks. But I do believe in using opportunities…like new years…for improvement. And I really like making goals and lists of goals, even if I don’t keep them, because goal setting is what gets things done.
And this year in particular is a big one for me, because, as you have heard (and will likely continue to hear), I will be turning 30 in September. Even though 30 is the new 20 and blah blah blah, I’ve had a heck of of a lot of fun during this past decade, and I know just by virtue of maturity, my 30’s will involve a lot more saving (as in, putting money away instead of going on impromptu vacations), a lot more Saturdays spent working on the house instead of out on the town, and probably kids at some point which is just far more responsibility than I can even handle thinking about for right now. So, the next year holds a lot of pressure to leave my 20’s with a BIG bang.
So, in the most ideal (but really, the most realistic) of circumstances, this is what I hope to have crossed off my list when the clock strikes midnight on December 31, 2014:
1) Run another Boston Qualifying marathon: More on when and where later, but after a racing hiatus, I’m itching to train hard and crush goals.
2) Establish Financial Security: I say this every year because it is the right thing to say, but I’ve never truthfully actually meant it. While this qualifies as more of a “30” responsibility than a “29,” suddenly, I get it. I need to pay off debt and have at least have 2 months worth of expenses in savings. We made some good strides this year (we both started saving for retirement and we bought a house and already have some equity established), but I still feel unprepared financially to face a crisis, and that makes me uncomfortable.
3) Get to Europe: I believe that travel is one of the best forms of education, so I feel like it is almost a crime that neither of us have been to Europe. Of course, this all depends on the financial security issue because I think that is more of a priority at this point, but I would not mind adding some stamps to my passport this year.
Nope, the Disney World version of Germany doesn’t count!
4) Work toward a fitness model body:I sign up for a New Year’s fitness/weight loss challenge every year through the gym where Aaron works, but I’ve never actually taken it seriously because I tend to care more about how my body moves rather than how it looks these days. But I’m pretty sure if I don’t do it now, it won’t ever happen because the metabolism isn’t quite what it used to be. But don’t worry…I don’t plan on posting daily gym selfies on Instagram.
5) Write every day: I technically have “writer” in my job title, so I write a lot, but I’d like to write recreationally every day whether here on the blog (because I miss it!), or on that novel that I’ve been attempting for 2 years. You don’t become the Jane Austen of modern times (or even the Danielle Steele) by not writing.
6) Once a month, try something I’ve never tried before: This is taking the place of an actual 2014 bucket list, and I’m going to be pretty flexible on what I do and when I do it. The point is to experience new things when opportunities arise instead of mapping out ideas in January and NOT doing them. Some ideas including SUPing, taking a cooking class, and going on a full moon midnight hike, but I’m open to suggestions!
7) Continue attempting to cross items off the 2013/2014 lists: Because really, most of these do sound like a lot of fun!
* Run a race in a crazy costume
* Organize all of our medals, bibs, and pictures into an impressive display
* Compete in a triathlon
* Get 4-pack abs (6 pack abs is asking too much I think)
* Be able to do 50 push-ups in a row
* Hike up a 14er
* Learn to swim.
* Explore 2 of New Mexico’s “must see” places (Carlsbad Caverns and Chaco Canyon)
* Get Passport stamp #4
* Go on a White Water Rafting weekend expedition.
* Do one big random act of kindness
* Take an art class
* Study up on the history of Israel vs. Palestine
* Read my way through Newsweek’s Top 100 Books of all time (the list and my progress is here on a sub page).
* Relearn French
* Brew our own beer
* At least once a month, choose a recipe and cook dinner with Aaron
* Host a ridiculously over-themed Mad Men Party
* Ride in a hot air balloon.
* Learn how to use my camera and take awe-inspiring photos.
* Win something (anything) in a radio contest.
* Invest in a piece of artwork.
So we will see how this year turns out!
How are your resolutions working out?
Any suggestions for “new experiences” I can try?