Happy 2013, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful New Years Eve celebration with your loved ones. Are you ready to tackle a brand new year? I know I am.
For a lot of people, making new years resolutions is pointless. They say, “why wait for a new year to start making changes in your life?” It’s a good point, and if a change is truly worth making, you should start working towards that change no matter what time of the year it is. For me, however, a new year is a new start – a clean slate. It feels like the beginning of a brand new school year or the first day at a new job. It’s another opportunity to make an impression and to work towards making good things happen in life.
While I hardly ever complete all my new years resolutions, I feel like I make better progress towards them knowing that I’ve set a goal for myself than I would have otherwise. A great example of this happened to me in 2008: I wanted to complete the “50 books in 365 days” challenge that a lot of bloggers were participating in on Vox (awww I miss that site). While I didn’t successfully read 50 books that year, I did end up reading 35, which is a lot more than I would have read if I hadn’t set that goal for myself. For me, it’s more about the journey than it is the destination (deep, I know).
So without further ado, here are my 2013 goals for myself and for WarmFuzzySweater. I’m really excited about these goals and I did my best to choose goals that were manageable and realistic.
One of my main goals of 2013 is to begin a house/decorating/diy blog (this site!), something I’ve wanted to do since I bought my house nearly 2 years ago. This includes designing the site and writing/posting on a regular basis. In addition, I also want to improve my photography skills so I can shoot and post lovely photos to go along with my content. And of course, I’ll continue to post over at my personal blog. ^^
I really want to do a few more fun crafts around the house this year, such as making more wall art, crocheting a granny square blanket, and other random things I’ve found on Pinterest.
Read more books
Reading is something that I really love doing, but it’s something that has, unfortunately, fallen by the way side the past few years. Ideally, I’d like to read 2 books per month (about 25 books per year) which is probably a longshot, but I tend to read more when I set these higher goals for myself. I really want to finish reading the 5-6 books that I’ve already started and read halfway through.
Complete some house projects
I’ve managed to complete a lot around the house in 2012 (including tiling all the bathrooms and laundry rooms), but in 2013 I’d like to turn my attention to some of the most neglected parts of my house: the kitchen and backyard. Sanding and painting the kitchen cabinets, getting a cement patio poured, having a lattice overhang built, and landscaping the backyard.
This will be the year I finally organize all my printed and digital photos! It will also be the year I upload said photos to the internet in a timely manner.
Be more thoughtful
Call my grandma once a week, write more handwritten letters, and try to remember it’s not always about me me me. Reply to emails, texts, letters when I receive them (not several days later).
Try some new things, health-wise
I hate hate hate running, but I am going to make it my goal to complete the couch-to-5k program. I figure that maybe I’ll end up liking running once I’m not so terrible at it. I also want to try going vegan for a couple of weeks, just to see how I handle it.
Don’t forget to have some fun! Play a video game from start to finish, explore some more local places in Las Vegas, and travel somewhere new.
Here’s to a wonderful and happy 2013! ^__^