I've never been very good at making and keeping New Year's resolutions. It seems like a lot of pressure to come up with a goal big and important and resolution-y enough by January 1. Plus if I actually do come up with something I have trouble remembering and following it.
I loved the idea of picking one word to really focus and on moving forward throughout the whole year, not just on January 1. So, without further ado, my 2014 theme word is:
While I didn't pick a word in 2013, if I had it probably would have been "change". I really got serious about healthy living, started this blog, took a new job, and decided to move cross country. Now that I've made all these changes, I want to make sure I keep moving forward and growing.
Because I can never leave well enough alone and always want to do MORE, here are five fairly broad goals that go along with my one-word theme that I'll also be working on this year.
1. Try New Things
I love new things. They are shiny and not, you know, used. But sometimes they are also scary (likes ropes courses). In 2014 I'll keep being brave and trying things, even if they terrify me.
2. Really Run
Y'all know that, despite running my first 5K and managing to get lost in the woods during my second, I am still a reluctant runner. But I kind of enjoyed the race thing (except when lost), I'm moving to an area with beautiful running weather and scenery, running outdoors is cheap, and running seems like a good way to make friends so I don't end up alone and sad watching Downton Abbey reruns every night. So I decided in 2014 I'm going to try to be a real runner.
To help keep me on track, I joined the Run This Year challenge and committed to running 365 miles this year. It doesn't seem a lot when you consider the default RTY goals are 2,014 miles or kilometers (1,252 miles) but a mile a day is a lot more than I've ever run before. Stay tuned for how I'm going to meet this goal, you know, when I figure it out.
I'll keep eating healthy, focusing on more homemade meals and less meat. But I'll also work on my relationship with food to make it a source of joy, not stress. I want to get better at intuitive eating to hopefully stop counting calories without growing out of my skinny clothes.
4. Make New Friends But Keep The Old
Since I'm moving to a city where I have no friends, I must be social and meet new people. When I moved to DC for grad school, I signed up for like 7 Meetup Groups and never attended a single event. This time, I will sign up AND show up!
Moving away also makes it harder to keep my old friends. I'm terrible at keeping in touch, but this year I'll make phone calls, birthday cards, Skype sessions and random emails a priority.
With all the life changes I've got going on, I want to make sure I continue to maintain and grow the blog. Because I love it.