I’ve never been a New Year’s Resolution type of gal. They always seem like a reminder of things I didn’t get done in any given year. But I really want 2011 to be different. I feel like 2010 went by way too quickly so this year I want to take a moment to really set some goals and do my best to achieve them. From personal to professional, they’re all here and I’m hoping that if I share them publicly it might even help me stick to them a little more ;)
Resolutions are different for everyone and I always find it so inspirational to hear what other people are trying to achieve. So if you’re up for sharing, I’d really love to hear what all of you are aiming for in 2011. Maybe we can all help each other stick to at least a few of our goals! xo, grace
1. Get my health in order. When it comes to physical activity I am literally one of the world’s laziest people. I feel like my body has the capacity to use either 100% brain power or 100% physical power. And 9 times out of 10 I choose to use the brain power. So sadly my health has pretty much fallen by the wayside over the last year of constant-couch working. So this year I’m committing to get moving in one way or another. I’m going to try a bunch of different workout programs and see what sticks. Hopefully something will. I think my couch cushions could use a break.
2. Learn to play a new musical instrument. This has been something I’ve been dying to do for a year now. Like most children I suffered through piano lessons as a child (man I hated them) and then finally settled on guitar, which I learned to play in earnest when I was around 13. I stopped playing a few years ago and have really missed both the discipline and fun that come from learning and practicing on a schedule. So this year I’m going to look into learning one of two things: banjo or mandolin. I’ve always wanted to play both so hopefully I can dive into one this year. If I’m bold I’ll share a little online recital at the end of the year ;)
UPDATE: I just booked my first mandolin lesson for next week!
3. Put friends and family first more often. I think a lot of people can identify with the downside of being self-employed: work is almost always first. Especially if you don’t have children, it’s so easy to fall down the slippery slope of “Why not work a few more hours?” So this year I’m going to make myself focus more time on checking in with family and spending more time with friends. I think it’s a win win — work gets more focused energy and my non-work life does, too.
4. Make time for special gifts. Little “just because” gifts have always sort of been my thing. I loved coming up with little things to make for AC when we were first dating and I miss having time to come up with things like that for him and everyone else who is special in my life. So this year I want to devote more of my time to reminding the people in my life how much they mean to me, whether it’s through a hand-written letter, lunch date, little gift or just a big hug.
5. Document real life more often. I’ve flat out forgotten to take pictures of most things that have happened in my personal life over the past few years. Other than our wedding photos I haven’t taken real photos of me, AC, our families or our friends in ages. I kept a few dozen on my phone, which I lost in a cab before Christmas, so now I’m without those visual reminders. So this year I want to be better about taking pictures and actually saving them somewhere they won’t be lost. It’s hard to top a great memory, but it’s nice to have something to actually look back on, too.
CLICK HERE for my last 6 New Year’s Resolutions for 2011 after the jump
6. Make my home a priority. I’m gonna keep it real: I am a classic case of “The cobbler’s children have no shoes.” My house has turned into a college dorm lately: last night’s dishes in the living room, empty drink bottles and piles of books and work that seem to never end. So it’s time for me to get my act together and address the clutter and lack of organization at home. My first solution was to move and run away from everything but this time we’re going to commit to coming up with a plan for dealing with clutter, trash and work “pile ups” in advance. Here’s hoping . . .
7. Visit old friends. I was never someone who had a lot of friends growing up. I was quiet, borderline anti-social and pretty overly concerned with what other people would think about me. Thankfully a small handful of people stuck it out with me until I got over most of that and they’re now more like family to me than friends. I am always making plans to visit them but rarely get the chance to actually follow through. But no more. I’m so thankful to have friends that go back that far in my life and this year I’m going to be a better friend to them — no excuses. They deserve to be a bigger priority in my life and I’m going to do my best to make that happen.
8. Be scared — and brave — more often. I haven’t been truly scared of anything in my life since our honeymoon. No, nothing related to the marriage part, but I was terrified of all the seriously scary things we did in Montana, like rappelling down a huge cliff and freezing white water rafting. I dove into them with both feet and was really proud that I gave it my all. I need to do more of that this year. Much more. It’s a great reminder than life happens outside of this laptop, too.
9. Rediscover my mission. When I started D*S my goals were very small and very simple. Over the years I’d set short term goals for the site and was very fortunate to achieve them. But now the site has grown and changed beyond what I could have ever imagined. Over the next few months, I plan on really taking a step back and evaluating how we can best serve our readers’ needs, the community’s needs and our own creative interests. I’m really excited about this goal and discovering new passions and projects to pursue with D*S this year.
10. Remember the happy. Bloggers, you know how this feels: You have a great day, hear from nice people and then get slapped with one doozy of a mean comment. I’ve gotten pretty good at letting them roll of my back, but sometimes I can slip into that place where I forget to really absorb the happy comments, too. I’m going to work harder this year to really soak in the kind things people say as much as I soak in the negative things. Both are valuable feedback and I shouldn’t let the ones that can hurt a bit drown out the ones that don’t.
*Bonus goal: Be more social! I still have to fight my inner-loner on a regular basis. I’m a pretty naturally happy and talkative person, but I’m not very social. I don’t mind talking once I’m already in a situation, but convincing me to leave my apartment and meet new people can be tough. But I’m going to do my best to get out there more and meet people beyond their Twitter handles.