Hey there 2013 – I’m glad you made it!
I am a big goal-setter, in case you’ve never met me or made it past the front page of this blog to see my Five Year Plan. So when a new year starts and the calendar flips, I love to take a look at what’s ahead of me for the next twelve months, and set some lofty expectations. Here’s what I expect in the coming year:
- More celebrations in the form of friend weddings, friend engagements (you know who you are), and more dinner parties all around
- Running my first half marathon – tons more on this later, but the registration is in, it’s happening this year and I’m going to need your help!
- More fun with my family, especially now that Grandma BooBoo lives so close
- More challenges at work, and more making great things happen for deserving non-profits
- Continuing my weight-loss/ get-fit challenge of moving more, eating well, and trying to center myself
- New opportunities to learn – whether through guitar lessons at long last or a bread-making class at the Harvard Extension School, I’m ready to try something new!
- Travel adventures – from Big Sur with Kat later this spring to maybe some international trip in the fall, I’m ready to spread my wings
- Watch more Dr. Who (yeah, it’s finally time to get addicted)
What’s on your plate for 2013?
Yes, it has only been eight days since 2010 ended. But I am working on the resolutions I listed here and it’s hard, but I’m doing it!
It turns out that eating without distractions is the hardest of all. I am so used to eating alone when I eat at home, and sitting on the couch doing it, that I have to really force myself to eat at the table. But I can already feel the results:
- I’m eating better food! Because I’m staying in the kitchen, I am putting more thought into what I am cooking and taking more time to do so. I have cooked up delicious new concoctions because of this new focus.
- I’m eating less. This was the goal, overall, but it’s cool that it’s working because I am paying better attention to my hunger. It’s funny because it’s easier than ever for me to take a second portion, but I am much less likely to actually do so.
How are your resolutions going?
Welcome, 2011. I hope we will have a happy and fruitful 365 days ahead of us. I expect you to do everything you can to contribute to a year that makes me healthy, wealthy, and wise. For my part, I will do the following:
- Move more – even if it’s walking to Charles MGH for the train when I could just get on at Park St, or going for a long run on Sunday mornings, I’ve got to get moving.
- Reconsider nutrition – I was talking to my Mom over Christmas and realized that my typical weekly fruit and veggie intake is two servings. No wonder I have no energy! More veggies and fruit and less of everything else in 2011 please.
- Savor the moment, and the meal. – I need to cut down on multitasking. At the end of the day, my mind is still going a mile a minute, partly because of the number of windows I have open on my computers all day and partly because I just never take the time to center, focus, and be in the moment anymore. Also, this article made me rethink distracted eating – our dining table is getting cleaned off tonight and I’m vowing to spend more time there and less in the living room this year.
- Have no regrets – I took a hard hit last month when one of my campers passed away, and I felt like I hadn’t done enough to help her. I want to spend this year taking time for people I love, and spreading happiness in a way that will make me feel like I gave life my all, no matter the individual outcome.
- Try something new – and I don’t mean calamari. I mean something that totally stretches my limits. Maybe kickboxing or auditioning to be in a band, or crossing something serious off my five year plan. I hope to find something relatively nutso that I can be proud of – or at least laugh about – at the end of the year.
I love my lists, but like everyone, I need to be held to my promises. So friends, please ask me in three days, five weeks, or seven months how I’m doing with these goals. And share you’re own – I’ll help you stick to them as well!