To be honest – it doesn’t really feel like the New Year to me – at least, not as much as usual. Perhaps it’s just because I haven’t written the date on anything yet? Or maybe it’s because, although we were quite busy over the holidays, and especially over New Years – with get together’s both on NYE and the next morning – I’m not feeling the same “crash and burn,” or at the very least the quiet lull that is typical of my yearly post-holiday let down. In fact, I’m actually feeling invigorated!
So invigorated that I’ve been too busy getting stuff done to update the blog regularly (what else is new???). Hey, can you blame me? When the energy strikes, I have to use it!
But now, with inspiration to write, motivation, and plans for our honeymoon finally coming together, it’s time to get down to business – and today’s business is that ever important beginning of the year resolution. The resolution that, if you can manage to stick to it, will hopefully take you a few more steps down the road of bettering yourself, and your life. I like to think that even if you don’t stick to your resolution, making one is still an important thing to do each year – as they say, the first step to change is admitting you have a problem; and nobody is perfect! Taking the time to sit back and reflect on your life is a key component of recognizing those areas that could use some work; and without the ability to do so, your ability to effectively create change is also hampered.
So, yeah – I like to make New Year’s Resolutions! Even if they’re not exactly on time…better late than never! (to throw you another cliche).
I guess cliche is rather fitting though, because my resolutions themselves are pretty cliche. I’ve been reading a lot of great posts on other sites about how this year is about creating new resolutions – branching out and getting away from the old ideas like “this year I’m going to go to the gym more often and eat better”. And to be honest, I really liked what they had to say, and I agree with them so much I was tempted to change my resolution to something…less tangible. (You can check out the articles listed at the bottom of this post to see what I’m talking about, if you’re interested!)
But then I realized, that having the “normal” resolutions was branching out in and of itself – for me anyways. Because for the last few years I have been scrambling just to get on an even keel – to reach a place with my health that would even allow me to go to the gym, or eat better (when you’re nauseous 24/7, you eat what stays down; it’s not really possible to plan out your meals in the average manner). And even though I still have a long ways to go until I’m where I want to be, I get the feeling that 2014 is going to be the year I start to reach those heights I’ve been aiming for for so long. Maybe I won’t get all the way there – but I’m about to take some big steps!
So without further ado – Here are my New Year’s Resolutions for 2014!
1. Exercise more: Doesn’t always have to mean going to the gym (but at some point the gym should be included) – on days when the gym isn’t possible, or on bad health days going for a walk, doing yoga, or even just stretching and concentrating on breathing will suffice.
2. Work on meal planning: Both Captain America and myself are happier when we’re eating healthy meals, regularly. But we’re both really bad about leaving our meals up to chance. It’s so much easier when we meal plan and stock up on groceries ahead of time! Start following fun foodie blogs and Pinterest boards for inspiration and meal planning ideas. Keeping the kitchen organized and clean is imperative!!!! (Click Here to follow me on Pinterest).
3. Blog more!! (and stay current on social media platforms): This one is one I’m really excited about – as you may know, I have plans in the works to self-host my own blog instead of continuing with wordpress.com (it won’t happen until I get a new computer though…so this may take a while!) My other blogging goals include: figuring out the possibility of monetizing my writing, posting more regularly, responding to comments and e-mails in a timely manner, updating social media regularly, and starting up my long-neglected blog The Adventures of Baseball and Zooey again. Which brings me to my next resolution…
4. Write more!!: Ideally I would love to get 3 more books in my children’s book series “The Adventures of Baseball and Zooey” published. I also absolutely must must must MUST finish and publish my novel The Cold Case Files of Jane Cross. My goals include: shopping the book to publishers and agents, getting a cover created, and eventually self-publishing if needed. Not to mention publicity, publicity, publicity!!!
Captain America and I also sat down and came up with some resolutions for us as a couple/family for our first New Year together. It didn’t take very long at all, but it was fun and it feels good to be starting out on the same foot. We had a couple of the same personal ones (exercising more, eating better etc) that we’ll probably work on together as well, but here were the ones we officially decided on for this year:
1. Create a budget: Since both of us are used to being on our own, we’re both good at budgeting for one – but now that multiple bank accounts, credit cards, bills, and the like, are at play…we need a new system! Especially since we have projects around the house that we would like to accomplish, and vacations we’d love to be able to save up for. Which brings me to resolution number two…
2. Get our house together: Yes, it’s true – we’re still not fully moved out of all of the boxes we accumulated when I moved in at the end of August. We have some pretty good reasons, but let’s be honest, the time for excuses is over, and the time to knuckle down and get everything organized is upon us. Not only that, but as I mentioned above, we have a couple of projects that need attending to this year (like replacing our 20-year-old hot water heater, with one that, you know, works).
3. Nurture ourselves: Emotionally and spiritually. Whether it be checking out the new Unitarian Church down the street, or the new Buddhist Association a few blocks away, or looking into a meditation retreat. This has been something we’ve both done in the past, but haven’t been as attentive about lately – and it’s time to get back into the habit!
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I’m sure we’ll fall off the wagon a few times this year, and break our resolutions more than once – but I hope that by sticking together and encouraging each other we’ll be able to create a change and notice a real difference in our lives by this time next year!
Are you attempting to hold yourself to similar resolutions? Join me on Facebook or follow along on Twitter, and let’s support each other! I’d love to have some motivating and inspiring buddies to bounce ideas off of.
Have you made any resolutions this year? What are they? Do you have any plans to help you stick to them through the long haul? What helps you stay motivated? If you’re not making resolutions this year, why not?
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CHECK OUT THESE OTHER GREAT ARTICLES ON CHOOSING THE RIGHT NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION
CNN.com Opinion: Questions to Ask for New Year – “If you make it your first resolution to consider these questions well, your other resolutions will almost certainly end up being more honest, more meaningful to you and more useful to others. Enjoy reflecting, and may your new year be happy — and deeply good.”
Buzzfeed.com Ideas: Resolving to Slow Down and Care More in 2014 – “This year I want to feel more connected. Because it’s too easy to forget why we’re here.”
NYTimes.com Sunday Review|The Opinion Pages: How to Keep Your Resolutions – “To improve your chances of keeping your New Year’s resolutions, we offer four tips inspired by recent research on behavioral economics and health.”