New Years, New Resolutions

by Margo on December 31, 2012

It’s 7:30 on December 31st. There are only a few hours left in 2012.

I spent the better part of last night working on my resolutions list. My typical list (lose weight, get organized) doesn’t work, so I decided to do something different. Amazon.com came through once again. They had their “New Year, New You” page up, and it featured six areas of possible resolutions. I picked all six, and then added one of my own. Here’s what I came up with:

  1. Update Home: Reduce clutter, simplify our belongings. We own way too much. The Salvation Army is going to be getting a lot of donations this year
  2. Relax: Read one book a week, write 4,000 words a week on my own projects (blogs, fiction, whatever), and find time for one bubble bath a month. We’ve lived in this house for more than three years, and I still haven’t made use of the tub. This needs to be a priority.
  3. Learn Something New: Continue with fiddle, start learning Italian, and learn to restore old photos. Also, continue on with college. My first semester was awesome (3.7 GPA!), and I want to keep up with that.
  4. Health: Meat-free three days a week, limit junk food to one selection a week, and learn Mediterranean cooking.
  5. Financial: Pay of 50% of debt, make serious gains in repairing credit, and put at least $4,000 into savings.
  6. Fitness: Run a 5k in under 30 minutes, hike three new state parks.
  7. Professional: Get my professional website ready to go again, and bring in two new clients. I’ve slacked a bit, but if I want to get the professional business experience in that I need for my MBA, I need to get back to focusing on bringing in new work and building connections.

It’s going to be a busy year, but I’m okay with that. I like busy. And I already make time for most of these things; the difference is that I’m making them a priority. That’s new.

I’m looking forward to these challenges. I don’t expect perfection. I do expect improvement. And I know that I will be closing out 2013 a little smarter, a little healthier, and a whole lot more fulfilled than I am right now.

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