It’s the last day of 2013 and it couldn’t come fast enough. While I’m looking forward to celebrating with good friends tonight, I’m even more excited for what tomorrow will bring.
Sometimes I make New Year’s Resolutions and sometimes I don’t. This year, I am making them as a reminder to myself of what I can achieve, of what’s possible, of how far a little resolve can carry a person.
Do you know that feeling of when you’re in the ocean, and a wave comes along and sweeps you up, knocks you off your feet, tumbles you upside down, and by the time you surface, you don’t know which way is up anymore and you seem to have drifted miles away from where you started out? That’s how the last three weeks have felt for me. And I know that 2014 will be more of the same, but in a good way, in a way of meeting challenges and getting my feet wet and testing the unfamiliar. 2014 will be about embracing change–No Fear.
Even though the last few weeks have been rough and have knocked me off-kilter, they’ve also shown me that I’m stronger than I give myself credit for most of the time. So it’s important that I enter the new year with that knowledge in mind, and keep it there.
Here are a few of my resolutions for 2014, in no particular order:
- No Fear. (See above)
- Finish a draft of my novel
- Write every day, in some form
- Take a writing class
- Take another class in something creative, like knitting or sewing
- Submit, submit, submit (my writing)
- Challenge myself at work. Take on new projects and explore new options.
- Get in the kitchen more–cooking, baking, whatever it is, I’m going to do it
- Get back into yoga–I miss it
- Keep working out as a priority in my schedule–make it happen at least 4-5 times a week
- Make new friends
- Reconnect with old friends and keep in touch with good friends–these last few weeks have also helped me appreciate what great friends I have
- See my family more often
- Create a budget for myself and stick to it
- Take a vacation–go somewhere new!
- Appreciate me, take care of me, allow me to make mistakes
- Use the Internet in a more productive way–too often I find myself scrolling endlessly through Tumblr and Pinterest just ogling the pretty pictures and feeling bad about myself. I want to read more articles, write more blog posts, learn more about the world and the people in it, not just the pretty things.
- Write more book reviews on the blog
- Have faith–in myself, my friends, the universe
Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? What are yours for 2014?