It’s the New Year!
Let’s celebrate! By making resolutions!
Are you a resolution person? I think I’m one of those make-resolutions-just-for-the-sake-of-making-resolutions kind of people. I like the idea of making plans, but then things tend to fall through, or I get distracted. My follow-through isn’t great.
But I can change that! Yes!
At any rate, here are some of the resolutions/goals I hope to follow through with in 2013:
1. Balance My Hobbies
I am TERRIBLE at balancing things. Besides work, my husband, my dogs, my friends, and my house, I have a lot of hobbies I like to do. Balance must be attained!
Here are the hobbies I’d like to keep doing this year — in moderation, rather than sporadically:
What? I like reading? Who would’ve thought?!? 🙂 This is one of the things that takes up a LOT of time, but I hope that I can combine it with other things — like putting on an audiobook while doing something else.
- Making cards
Yes! I like makind cards! I actually did this a LONG while ago and got rid of a bunch of my tools. I’m STILL mad at myself for that. I spend so much money on cards and want to focus more on actually making things with my hands this year — gifts, cards, etc.
- Playing my piano
Oh, to be my neighbours. Especially in the summer, when I open all the windows and just BANG on my piano. This is something I really should do every day. I always get so swept up in it that hours pass before I realize it. And this really isn’t a multi-tasking kind of hobby.
Last year, I took up knitting. It took a little while until I got the swing of things, but eventually I did. Then I put it down and forget about it. Recently, I’ve taken it back up again and I love it! I love the idea of making something and WEARING it. Or, gifting something! I have so many ideas for gifts for friends and family. I hope to do LOTS of this — and it’s something I can do while listening to an audiobook OR while catching up on TV!
This is something that can either taken up a portion of my day or ALL day. I swear, I put off blogging so much, then have to spend a whole day catching up. I really think that I can spend a little time every morning blogging, checking my Reader, and doing general updates that I shouldn’t have to spend days catching up ever again!
- Watching my TV shows
I love TV. I love all the shows. Really. And hubs likes them, too, so we spend lots of time catching up on our favourites. With Fall TV and Spring TV, there are so many great things to watch! Luckily, I can also catch up on my Reader, make cards, or knit while doing this, which is great.
I actually really like yoga, but there’s only ONE flow that I do all the time from YogaDownload. It’s my favourite and it really stretches me out and makes me feel good. I need to try and get this in at LEAST 5 days a week. My body would like this and it would be a great way to unwind at the end of the day!
I am not a healthy person. I was — a few years ago — but things seem to have fallen by the wayside. I have spurts of being totally healthy, followed by spurts of not being very healthy at all.
- Eat healthier
Yes. This can happen. Chips aren’t potatoes. Oh look — veggies! YUM, right?
- Make balanced meals
I actually really love to cook and it’s not hard to make a balanced meal. I want to to have a binder of things that me and hubs like, so that I can refer to it when planning the week — that would just make things so much easier!
- Take my multi-vitamin every day
My doctor told me I need to do this. This was in October. After that, I bought some multivitamins, had one every day for 4 days, then maybe 5 since then. It’s not THAT hard. Maybe I should set up a reminder to do this.
- Floss as much as I can (I won’t say every day because that NEVER happens!)
My dentist gets on my case for this ALL THE TIME. I actually have to use $15 toothpaste at night because my teeth are that bad. If I could get into a routine with my teeth, my next appointment might not be as bad as it usually is.
This is all totally doable. A few years ago I did awesome with this, so I can do it again. I mean, Pinterest is FULL of healthy inspiration! I don’t even want to say that I’ll get on the treadmill or lose xx amount of pounds because that’s just too concrete for me, but I will get healthier.
There are so many other things that I want to do in 2013 that I’ve even told my husband that he has to get on my case about some of them. These include:
- Remember birthdays and holidays better. Be Martha Stewart.
I’m SO bad for this. And I usually just send out a gift card or something. I CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS! Pinterest is full of so many awesome ideas that I should be able to come up with ideas for birthdays and holidays. People say I’m crafty — I will show them crafty!
- Tidy up the house every day
I found some tips and tricks on the Real Simple blog that I bookmarked on my iPad. I will refer to this website more often and tidy up the house EACH day so that I don’t have to spend so much time on the weekend doing it. This includes wiping down the bathrooms, putting the dishes away each morning, making sure the kitchen is clean each night, and doing a load of laundry a day (as well as putting the laundry away!). With 3 dogs and 2 cats, I could also vaccum more often, too.
- Take some pictures
There was a time where I took ALL THE PICTURES. I love my camera and I love taking pictures. Somewhere along the way, I got it in my head that taking pictures took up too much time. It’s time for me to buckle down, open my camera case, and start documenting life!
- In 2012, I managed to read 258 books. You might think that I would then set my 2013 goal a little higher, but seeing as I’m going for BALANCE this year, I’m going to stick to a goal of ONLY 100 books. Are you shocked? Me, too. But a goal can always be raised.
- In 2012, I bought ALL THE BOOKS. Seriously. My home library is overflowing with books I’ve yet to read. In fact, I donated well over 200 books to libraries in my area last year — and still have lots on my shelves. I’ve been tempted to go buy more books, but I’m really trying to refrain from doing so. I can get my unread books UNDER 100. Really. It can happen. No — it WILL happen!
- Accomplish my BOOK BINGO goal! Well, actually, I don’t have a goal yet, but so far my plan is to start small and work my way up to being the SUPER READER. Like I said in #1, a goal can always be raised!
Like I said up in my Life Goals, I plan to try and schedule my blogging into my days so that I’m not overwhelmed. In fact, as I’m writing this post, I’m catching up on reviews and doing some blog updates before the new year starts. As much as I like blogging, I’d rather spend my day doing many things instead of one — I just feel more accomplished and up to date that way.
While I love my blog, I’m going to try and not get overwhelmed this year. In 2012, I had to take a break from blogging for a month because I was stressed out. This year, I’m going to take it easy with the posts, try not to put pressure on myself, and just have fun with my blog. I will remind myself that it’s MY blog and that I can run it how I want to. I’m not in competition with anyone. I’m here to share my love of books and have fun.
I know this has nothing to do with blogging (well, maybe a little), but I also plan to take it easy with the social media, but still be present. I love Twitter and all, but I can spend WAY too much time on there. I want to spend some time there, but still accomplish things during the day. Again — balance.
And a final note … it all seems to come down to balance. I guess that’s what 2013 means to me. Throughout the years, I’ve gathered all these things I really like to do, so I have to actually spend time doing them.
Do you have any resolutions or plans for the new year?