2012 was a pretty magic year for me. I got married, I got a new job, I went to Hawaii, I read great books, and I embraced life in New York. I visited family, reveled with friends, loved, and was loved. It stands to reason that I really can’t ask for anything more in 2013. But it’s a new year, and I’m still looking forward to whatever lies ahead.
This year, Joe and I had dinner on New Year’s Eve at a charming restaurant in the wilds of southern Brooklyn. As we sipped our cocktails and navigated the impressive 5-course meal, we talked about our resolutions and goals for the upcoming year. I’m conflicted about making New Year’s Resolutions because my goals are always evolving and growing. I like to constantly evaluate where I stand and where I want to go. However, this method doesn’t always work, so I suppose there’s no harm in making resolutions at the close of one year and the beginning of another. So, here are a few of my resolutions/intentions/goals for the coming year, in no particular order:
- Run a 5k race in the spring, and a 10k in the fall
- Work out 5 days a week, in some capacity
- Maintain a healthy diet, eating more fruits and vegetables, and cooking more at home
- WRITE. This is one aspect of my life that I’ve really neglected in 2012 and I hope to make a huge change in 2013.
- Do meaningful work at the office/in my career
- Make more phone calls. Somewhere along the way, I’ve been hit with phone phobia, and I dread calling even my closest friends. I’d like to get over it and reach out to friends and family more frequently.
- Curb my bad habit of endlessly scrolling through Tumblr/Google Reader/Facebook, etc. on the couch at home. I could be spending that time reading or cleaning or writing or actually interacting with people.
- I’m stealing one of Joe’s, which is to build stronger relationships. Making phone calls is one aspect of this, but I’d also like to be more proactive and schedule more brunches, happy hours, and hang time with friends.
- Be grateful. I have so much happiness in my life that sometimes I just feel embarrassed. I never want to take any of it for granted, even if I’ve had a bad commute or am feeling sick.
- Discover new music–another area of my life that I’ve been neglecting lately. I miss listening to new bands and I have no excuse not to seek out new favorites.
- Explore the city–I fall into a trap of staying in my neighborhood on the weekends instead of venturing out into the city. I would like to explore a new neighborhood at least once a month, even if just to take a walk or visit a bookstore.
- Go somewhere I’ve never been before–in 2012, it was Hawaii. Where will it be in 2013? Possibilities include New Orleans, Bermuda, and the Florida Keys.
- Stick to a monthly budget and put more money away, both for retirement and more short-term savings. For the first time in my life, I actually make enough money to cover my student loans and other bills, my daily living expenses, and have a little left over. It means a lot to me to be able to say that, so saving is a big step.
In closing, I really like this quote from Neil Gaiman:
“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”
Happy New Year everyone! Hope to all for a year full of laughter, good books, and great love.