Happy New Year!
How was your evening? Did you go out and celebrate somewhere? Or stay in and fall asleep on the couch like I’ve done more new year’s eves than I’d like to admit. I did actually go out this year and ended up going to a great little bar/restaurant just right down the street from our house–622 North. We also went there for my birthday earlier in December and thought it would be a great spot to ring in the new year. It’s also less than a 10 minute walk from our house, so that may have impacted the decision just a bit. You know how I love to be able to walk places!
Now that the new year is officially here, I suppose it’s time to actually get serious about those new year’s goals. This may be the first year that I’ve actually sat down and wrote something down on (virtual) paper. Usually, I just think of something as the midnight hour approaches and then don’t really add much weight to it as the year progresses. In fact, I don’t think I could tell you a single goal I’ve made in the past 5 years–they must have been really important!
So, without further, ado, here are my 2013 new year’s resolutions:
1.Eat more mindfully. I tend to eat whatever is put in front of me or is just simply around me. I don’t think this is a trend I can necessarily put an end to, but I’d like to at least slow down a bit when I eat and really taste the food, so that I end up just eating 1 cookie instead of 3. I also tend to eat really fast, maybe partly because I’m always doing something else while I eat. Take for instance Sunday night. While I was eating an amazing home-cooked meal, I was also simultaneously browsing the internet for the menu at the restaurant we were going to be eating at last night. Thinking about the next dinner while I’m still eating? Probably not the best habit. So, in a nutshell, my goal is to slow down when I’m eating and really taste each bite for maximum satisfaction and less overeating. Shouldn’t be too hard, right?
2. Travel more. I’m a homebody and always have been. Given the choice between going out and staying in, 9 times out of 10 I’ll choose my own couch. But since we’ve already been on the east coast for 6 months and may only have 54 months of living here left in our lifetimes, I really want to force myself to get out and see as much as possible. Here are a few of the places I’d like to see this year:
- Williamsburg, Virginia. It’s only about 5 hours away and houses some of the richest history in our country. Definitely want to make it here.
- Charlottesville, Virginia. Our rival college town that I’ve heard nothing but great things about.
- Charleston, South Carolina. We moved here right before the Southern Ground Music Festival, and I am dying to make it next year.
- Concord, Massachusetts. I am beyond excited to go see the home of one of my favorite authors, Louisa May Alcott, and see where she wrote Little Women. Also, it’s home to Ralph Waldo Emerson and Thoreau’s Waldon Pond. I did major in English after all!
- Boston, Massachusetts. If we go to Concord, we might as well make it to Boston, right?
- Fort Collins, Colorado. Jeff and I will be road-tripping back to Colorado for my sister’s wedding at the end of June. We want to take a different route this time and since we won’t have a cat, spend a little more time sightseeing. Any suggestions?
3. Read more. I joined GoodReads a few years ago (you can find me here!) and last year, was able to meet my goal of reading 29 books. So this year, I set my sights on 30, but only managed to make it to 16 and that was with reading 4 books in the last week of 2012. The Game of Thrones series is partly to blame with its 1000 page books, but I also didn’t really read at all between September and December. I kept trying to, but by the time I finished watching my TV shows and playing around the internet, I only could manage to read about half of a page before promptly falling asleep. So this year, I’m making it a goal to make reading a bigger priority in my life again. It is, after all, what inspired my love for teaching and writing. I’m currently reading Night Road by Kristin Hannah and will keep you updated on my thoughts!
So that’s it folks. I figure it’s better to start small than to create a huge list of goals I’ll never be able to focus on!
What are you hoping to achieve in 2013?