2017! That’s nuts.
Anyway, last year wasn’t all that great for me as far as self-improvement. I have the easy and ready excuse of my wife and I moving from Texas to Colorado at the very end of December, 2015, so 2016 was spent adjusting to a new home, and a new job (two stressful things – especially the job).
One thing that stands out is that I hardly read! I played more video games, I think, so those two things combine to show that I was choosing escape over engaging my brain in anything.
This year I’d like to get back on track.
I have forced my hand on the work out front by signing up for a 25 mile trail run. This will be difficult. Really difficult. You go up hills, down hills, up hills, down hills, etc … What have I done?
That’ll force me to work out the first half of the year, hopefully I’ll keep it going for the second half. Now, let’s get to brass tacks.
- I will read at least 18 books
- I will volunteer 12 times (once a month would work well)
- I will do six new hikes. (Colorado, I am failing to take advantage of your beauty!)
- I will get to know my fancy new camera and take it out and try my best to take awesome pictures
What’s that Corporate Brad, you want to talk stretch goals?
- Because I’ll be trained up for a 25 mile trail run, it’d be nice to do a marathon, but that’ll depend on how I am feeling after the 25er
- It would also be fun to do a relay race or a mud run kind of thing for funsies
- I’d like to get back to writing more … I do three blog posts a week, which is nice, but it’s somewhat of a consistent low grade effort. I would like to pick up my NaNoWriMo book that I started 2 years ago and finish it, or some other book I have worked on but it could use a revisit. That’d be a good thing.
That’s it for my resolutions. How about you?
Last year my girlfriend (now fiancé) and I wrote down our resolutions or goals for 2014 on pieces of paper that we then put up on one of the walls of her apartment. I can only remember three of my goals and they were ones I felt confident I would meet. The rest served as reminders for all that I did not accomplish. What stunning wall art!
This year the question is … do I tap in to my most ambitious self for the goals of 2015? Or do I put things I feel confident I’ll meet. Why not both?
Confident I’ll Meet
- Read at least 18 books
- Find a way to reduce how much trash I generate
- One example of something I did in this category before: I went from using two paper towels in public restrooms to just one, also if air dryers are available I tend to use those
- I don’t know what I’ll be doing this year to address this … so, brain, get to work
- Cook more (since I’ll be a married man starting at the end of January I will be putting the fancy new dishes and cookware to use)
- Get back to reading other blogs more
Goals I’ll Have to Work For
- Beat my 5k and 10k PRs (and stretch more and better!)
- Finish the first draft of the book I started during the 2013 NaNoWriMo (good thing documents on a computer don’t gather dust …) OR some other book project I have started and not finished
- Experiment with a new dish AT LEAST once every 3 weeks!
- This might not sound hard, but do you know how EASY it is for me to make the same 6 or so dishes over and over?
- Less soda (hopefully this will go hand in hand with cooking more since I usually only get soda if I eat out)
There you go public, and future self for my own reference, the goals/resolutions for 2015!
New Year’s Day is fast approaching and that means I’d better get my resolutions in order. (Despite the fact that I sort of made fun of such things in a previous poem post.)
Last year, as far as I know, the only resolution I wanted and achieved was to reduce how many paper towels I use. After I go to the bathroom at a public bathroom I dry my hands with only one paper towel instead of two. This is simple but it does make a difference. You just spend a bit more time shaking water off your hands before grabbing a paper towel and wha-la, paper towel usage greatly reduced!
This year I would like to do another sort of green thing, as well as the usual personal resolutions which probably won’t happen.
Green resolution: take my Starbucks thermos to Starbucks whenever I go there (usually once a week). This will keep those paper cups I normally use from being used. Just like last year this is very simple but it does make a difference.
The usual litany of personal goals will make up the other resolutions …
- Eat out less (priority number 1)
- Send off query letters (which also means touching up my query letters)
- Write more (finish that book I started for NaNoWriMo)
I am ok with the amount I read this past year for fun, but I could always use more of that. And of course expanding any knowledge I use for work (like by glancing at top coder in my spare time) would be great. But really, the top things are to eat out less and pursue my writing goal more. In November I cut down how frequently I blog so I’m reducing my excuses. Time to act on my goals!
Feel free to write some resolutions you have in the comments! (And yet more goals would be to read other blogs more, and get other people reading my blog more.) I hope you have some achievable and good goals for 2014. Whether resolutions or not, I believe it’s always good to be striving for something.