Looking forward! For the fifth year, I’ve publicly posted my resolutions on this site, on January 10th, in hopes of keeping myself accountable. My logic being that if it’s out in the world and not just in my head, I’ll actually do the things I say I will. I’m going about setting my intentions a little differently this year and I’m really excited about them.
I started by brainstorming a free-form list of everything I want to do, learn, accomplish, and adopt into habit. Then I took that list and categorized the items along lines that made sense naturally. In years past, these categories were subject based–blog, skill, life. This year, however, that didn’t really fit. 2015 is different.
After looking at list, and really thinking about all of the things I learned about myself in the past year, I decided to organize the items by time. There are things I want to try to do every day. These are things that I want to adopt into my life in a real way, and the only way to do that is to practice them every day. There are things I want to accomplish on a weekly basis, like keeping up with the blog and finding new and exciting ways to bring content here. There are things I want to do monthly, like try something new in the kitchen, or organize and de-clutter. Then there are the things that I want to do once. My bucket list.
Make sense? Time will tell, I guess!
Let’s get started.
Big picture. The truth is, there’s only so much one can do in one day, especially if your full-time job isn’t “resolution keeper.” There are things I enjoy, and that will enrich my life, and that I say I’ll do, but when life rushes in, they’re the first to go. This where my monthly goals come in. I want to do each of these things just once a month. I can make time for once a month. I definitely can!
Every month, I will…
- Paint something, anything. I will take some time to unplug from the TV and computer and create.
- Travel somewhere. I will go somewhere new, even if that’s just a new day trip or field trip. I’ll see something I’ve never seen before.
- Invest and continue to save. (I’ll learn about this, too). Admittedly, I have a lot to learn, but you have to start somewhere, right?
- Try something new in the kitchen. This may be a new cuisine, a new technique, or just crossing something off that I’ve wanted to make for a long time, like the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies, Ever.
- Organize, clean, and/or de-clutter one thing around the house. There are way, way more than 12 things that could use organizing, but this is a start!
My weekly goals will help shape my year. This is where I will learn. This is where I’ll feed my interests. This is where I’ll keep doing things that I already like, and want to continue into the new year.
Every week I will…
- Post to See-Hatsie. I will post often, at least 3-4 times a week, and I will brainstorm and add new content that I’m interested in and that I think is worthy of sharing with you.
- Cook at home, at least twice a week. I will opt to stay in instead of eating out, as easy and delicious as that often is. I’ll integrate new recipes with old favorites, too.
- Take an online class, in a subject I’m interested in. I got this idea from my sister in law, who is currently taking a calligraphy class online. It’s one thing to say you have a hobby, but something completely different to actively learn more and invite feedback.
These are habits. Or, at least, things that I hope will become habit this year. I know that realistically I may miss a day here or there, but the real hope is that these daily goals will become something I think about every single day as a given, like coffee, or eating dinner, and not something I’m forcing myself to do.
Every day I will…
- Practice gratitude, and write it down. I want to write one thing I’m thankful for, every day. I want gratitude to be something I feel even when I feel crummy.
- Do something active. Even if it’s just for 30 minutes, even if it’s just a walk, even if I feel tired or sick or it “feels like” -5 degrees outside. Change of scenery is good, activity is healthy, and there’s absolutely no reason I shouldn’t be able to do this.
- Make healthy choices, by tracking my meals, seeking healthy (or healthier) options, and being cognizant and aware of the things I let in my mind and body.
My bucket list last year was by far my most successful area. It’s probably because it involved simply doing something once and crossing it off, which may tell you more about me as a person than me as a goal-getter, but whatever works. These are things that I want to do just once. Some of them are fun, (some are already planned), some are silly, and some are just things I’ve been meaning to do but haven’t gotten around to.
This year, I will…
- Travel to and explore Madrid, Spain with my friend Cecelia.
- Go wine tasting on said trip.
- Attend my best friend’s wedding in Charleston, SC. It promises to be beautiful and fun and I cannot wait.
- Meet Ben. Tom’s getting a little brother!
- Take a girl’s trip with my Mom and Sister in Law. We didn’t get around to it last year, but I have high hopes for 2015.
- Explore the Met. I know, I know. It’s not always going to be the case that I live 90 minutes by train away from New York City, and yet I still haven’t been to the Met. It’s going on the list.
- Go to a state I’ve never been to before.
- Blogshop at home. Do you know about this workshop? I’ve heard great things and now that the ladies offer it at home, I’m looking forward to trying it out.
- Find a doctor. It’s hard to find a doctor I like because we move pretty often, but not that hard. It’s time!
- Buy new cowboy boots. I need a new pair, because my much loved, much worn pair literally has holes in the soles. It makes me sad, but it needs to be done.
- Go to a concert. Same as last year, but why not?
So, what do you think? Doable? I think so! At least, I hope so. 2015 is looking like the year of travel, and I’m not mad about that.
What are your goals? Intentions? Old fashioned resolutions? Share them here and we can keep each other accountable! Happy 2015, friends. I think it’s going to be a good one.