I think we can all agree the less said about 2012 the better, yes? It was a year of some good things but one exceptionally bad thing, and to get into a discussion right now would just be going over things we cannot change. So, on to the new year!
I don’t know if I would call them resolutions, but I do have plans for the new year.
Reading: After I finished up the master’s degree, a huge weight was off of my shoulders. I started reading for fun again. The fact that I stopped reading for fun was a mistake, but I felt like if I was reading, it should be academic. Bleh – never again. I maintained fun reading while working on the grad certificate and you know what? I’m getting all As. So yeah, I’m sticking with it.
- Plan 1: read at least four books a month for fun
Knitting: Of course, I have never stopped knitting. I don’t even want to know what that would be like, but rest assured it wouldn’t be pretty. For the first part of 2012, I was actually doing really well at not acquiring new yarn. In the second half, that got put aside a bit in the name of comfort-seeking. But I’m back on track and using yarns that have been in the stash for too long. I loved them when I bought them; why haven’t I used them?
- Plan 2: Use at least one aged stash yarn per month
Exercise: Once again, in the first months of 2012, I was doing great with exercising. Then everything went off the rails. I started back in November with walking. I need to keep that up, plus add my strength-training back in.
- Plan 3: Walk at least three days a week and strength train at least three days a week
Those are the main things I want to intentionally focus on. There are several other things that I would like to work in, but I’m not going to overload myself. I still have four months of courses to take (but only four months!), and I want to have plenty of space to do those well. There are several for-fun courses I might look into after that – glass blowing, pottery, and a dance class. The dance class is the one I’m least sure about because I have no sense of natural rhythm, but hey, anything that makes your body move is exercise, regardless how ridiculous you look doing it.
You’ll notice I didn’t mention travel. Well, I don’t consider that something I need to ‘work’ on because we are quite good at doing that already. 2013 will see us going to Ireland, Wales, England, and Paris, France. 2014 already holds a Caribbean cruise. I have an Alaskan itinerary plotted out but not (yet) the date. Yeah, we’ve got that down pat.
To hold myself accountable, I should report back here each week on my progress. We’ll see how that goes.