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New Year’s Eve, 2018

2018 is over, friends, and with it we have a chance to look to the next year and changes we might want to make. This year my wife has embraced the idea of ‘Monday resolutions’ which is the idea that you don’t need to make resolutions once a year but instead look for small changes to make every week. One idea I proposed for that is that we pick one item every weekend to clean … keep it easy and achievable. Maybe just the master bathroom bathtub. Easy, doable, and we don’t get way behind.

Normally I like to think back on the year and how I didn’t read as much as I intended, or I’ll read more next year, or do some self-improvement kinds of activities but …

Let’s be honest. That’s not going to happen.

I am reading very little these days. It’s because my son goes to bed, my wife and I hang out, and then I go to bed. I don’t read before bed, and if I do I read about two pages.

Instead I’ll focus on trying to be a good husband (date nights), father (less time on my phone when the kiddo is around), and employee (more plugged in at work).


But you know what, heck, let’s reach. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I wake up at 5 to swim. On Wednesday I should wake up early to read. That way I might actually finish the book about raising a 1-2 year old before my son turns 2. What a concept.


Attn: Ellen (1/2/15)



Back (apologies for my handwriting!)


The text of the postcard is

Dear Ellen,

We should have a Santa-like figure for New Year’s … The lady on this card! She shows up like a bad Comcast employee, anytime between 6am and 6pm on New Year’s Day and leaves a report card for your New Year’s resolutions. Stern New Year’s lady expects you to PUSH YOURSELF.


Why am I doing this?

Typical January 1 Post

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!

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