Some people hate them and other’s love them.
I fall into the latter catagory.
Give me a good pen and empty notebook…a new calendar…a clean slate…a fresh start. I feel empowered by lists and plans and goals. And the start of a new calendar year seems like a perfect symbolic time to up your game for the next 365 days.
So, for the sake of accountability, here are my 2018 resolutions…
1. 365 day of Sobriety – as of today I haven’t had a drink for 187 days and it feels right…healthly for my body, my mind, and really, all the areas of my life. My goal for this year…and all the years after frankly…is to carry on as I have been for the past 6 months. I’m better without it!!
2. Social Media – too much time spent wondering about and worrying about other people’s lives. Comparing myself to others despite the fact that I am happy and healthy and have a wonderful life. Its a time waster and there are too many other amazing things in life to do once we look up from our phones! I’m not going “cold turkey”…there are some aspects of Facebook and Instagram that I enjoy, but my plan is to limit myself to 30 mintues per day. So far, so good.
3. Excercise & Nutrition – I mean…what would a resolution list be without this catagory!! I’ve allowed myself to get complacent about working out. I’m not overweight…but getting a bit “soft”. So…30 minutes to an hour or more of something…everyday! Living in the Pacific Northwest, I’m surrounded by outdoor options all year long, so skiing, snowshoeing, climbing, hiking…these are all my choices. No excuses that the gym is boring! Also, daily vitamin…minimal sugar…more calcium and fruits and veg. Less coffee was going to go on this list…but then my son got a job at Starbucks soooo…
4. Groceries and Meals – save more money on groceries by planning weekly meals and shopping trips. Why is this basic task so difficult sometimes??! I’m off to a better start than usual this year because our local grocery store offers a pickup service. I create the list online and schedule a time to come pick it up. This forces me to plan out the week and it also keeps me out of the grocery aisles where I tend to grab extras that aren’t on my list.
5. No Spend Year – so this one’s a bit complicated because this year has some pretty big expenses attached to it. Travel and home renovation are on the agenda and there are obviously costs to those. But outside of these planned activities, my goal is to GREATLY reduce the amount of money that flows forth from our bank account! I’ve set up some guidelines…only one “coffee” date per month (we get free Starbucks coffee so I can’t complain about drinking coffee at home)…only one meal out per month…and basically, only necessities. I don’t consider myself a big spender, but suddenly, when I put these parameters around my spending, I notice each time I think of something that we “need”. Motivated by minimalism blogs and other articles about people making a choice to do with less, I hope not only to save money, but to really recognize the differences between our needs and wants…and find more gratitude for what we already have. Some of the best things are definitely free.
6. Photography – I put my photography on the back burner all the time. I know I spent more time last year looking at the work of others and feeling like I didn’t measure up than I spent actually trying to get better and learn and grow as a photographer. So in 2018 I am setting aside some time each week…it may be an hour or it may be a day…where I just shoot…and practice and practice and practice and shoot some more.
And I guess that’s it.
Well, actually there are a couple other thoughts…
Reading – last year I read 25 books. One of them was Hamilton by Ron Chernow and I like to think that counted for about 3 based on its size alone…but 25 it was. This year my goal is 30.
Travel – with Chile, Argentina and Japan already scheduled, I think I’ve met my resolution. But if anything else comes up, I’m ready!
Okay…I think that’s enough for one year!