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I LOVE New Year’s resolutions. I know it’s totally arbitrary, but I’m a big fan of goal setting to begin with and I love taking time at the beginning of a new calendar year to evaluate where I am and where I want to go.
Since I didn’t have this blog at the beginning of 2013 I couldn’t share my resolutions, but I did make them. I wanted to stop binging on food (I am an awful sweets binger) (I’ll give myself 75% credit for this one), save money (80% credit, sadly I don’t have much to show for it since I’ve had to spend all my saved money on school), workout 4-5 times/week (100%), and get less annoyed at stupid strangers (I actually think I did really well this this, but moving away from NYC might have more to do with that).
This is a book blog so I’ve split my resolutions into bookish related things and non-bookish things.
1. Read Fewer Books: Aim for around 150 with no pressure to read more or less. I read 222 books in 2013. That number makes me want to vomit. Yes, I moved away from NYC and my friends so my social life kind of sucked and I read a lot instead, but still. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything: I’m doing well in school, I workout, I do social things when I can, but I still feel like I need to dial back the reading a bit.
2. Read One Non-Fiction Book Each Month: I used to read mostly non-fiction, but then I got tired of it. My theory is that when I was working at a job that required pretty much zero effort or brain power that I liked reading something that provided some kind of education. Now that I’m back in school and getting plenty of education I like reading fiction and escaping from serious stuff. I’d especially like to focus on food and nutrition-related books since that should help me in school and my future career.
3. Pick a Few Backlist Books to Read Each Month: For much of 2013 I felt like there were so many new books coming out I never had time to get to older ones that had been on my TBR list for a while. Things have slowed down in December and January and it’s been nice to make choices to go back and read older books. I don’t want to lose this so I’m going to, maybe in my end of the month posts, pick a few backlist books that I want to read the following month.
4. Read More Mindfully: There were certain books that I read in 2013 that I just shouldn’t have read. I don’t know why I decided to pick them up, but even before reading them I probably knew that they weren’t a story I would enjoy or as high a quality book as I wanted to read. For 2014 I want to pay more attention to whether a book is really for me and whether it’s written by a quality author.
5. Keep Blogging Fun: I know lots of bloggers talk about the pressure of blogging, but I don’t really feel any pressure about blogging. I had zero expectations when I started this blog, I love reading and writing reviews, and the interaction with people and friendships that have come from this blog are just total bonuses in my mind. That said, I do sometimes worry that I will eventually feel the pressure of blogging. Which is ridiculous, but true. I just want to read and review what I want and be as honest as possible.
6. Eat More Mindfully: Most people want to lost weight, right? I’ve wanted to lose weight for years and sometimes I have and sometimes I haven’t. I’m a healthy person: my blood pressure is great, my HDL levels are high and my LDL levels are low, and my blood sugar is good. But, and I have no problem admitting this, I’m chubby. I said it above, but I tend to binge on sweets and I’m also a big snacker. I like to think that I’m lucky because I already workout 4-5 times/week (I am the embodiment of the saying that you can’t out exercise a bad diet) and the three meals I eat a day are generally really healthy. I just need to cut back on the mindless eating I do.
7. Do a One-Handed Push-Up: This is something I never imagined I could do, but in a bootcamp class this fall I was killing push-ups with one hand on the floor and one hand on the Bosu and the instructor said if I found those pretty easy that I’m probably not that far away from being able to do a one-handed push-up, which, let’s not lie, would be totally baller. In fact, if I meet this goal I will probably go around doing one-handed push-ups for everyone I meet. Anyway, she showed me a way to build up to the one-handed push-up and I worked on it for a while, but stopped so I’m going to make an effort this year to really do it.
8. Learn to Knit Socks: Two years ago I put learn to knit a sweater on my New Year’s resolutions, but then I hurt my wrist and spent 3 months in a brace and several more months rehabilitating from surgery and was never able to do it. But in 2013 I took a class and knit a sweater for my friend’s baby and knit myself three-quarters of a sweater (the sleeves are really annoying to do and I just haven’t finished). But 2014 will be the year of sock knitting!
9. Move More Mindfully: For the five and a half years that I lived in NYC I was so spoiled. I pretty much walked 3+ miles a day in addition to working out, I climbed up and down stairs constantly, and I feel like I never stopped moving. Now, living in the suburbs, I feel like I never move. Places I can walk from my house: post office, deli, pizza place, Chinese place, train station, dry cleaners, and liquor store. Those aren’t places I go very often (and I don’t want to start buying more Chinese food and liquor). I don’t quite know how I want to do this one (park far away? take the dogs for more walks? go on random walks around the neighborhood?), but I know I want to move more as part of my daily life.
10. Stop Procrastinating: I never used to be a procrastinator, but somehow, this year, I’ve become one. I think it’s because I’m generally really stressed about school and grad school and I spend a lot of time in denial about it and avoiding it. Which isn’t good for my mental health. Must stop this.
What are your resolutions/goals for 2014? Any advice for me about mine?