Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all enjoyed fun celebrations with your friends and family. I know I did – I spent a fun night out at my cousin’s house with some tasty snacks, good drinks, and great people. A low key night – just the way I like it. Probably a good thing too, seeing as my pinched nerve is still, well, pinched (but that is a whole other update we don’t need to get into right now).
Of course, with any new year comes the inevitable desire to start fresh in some, or all, aspects of your life. We all love to set grandiose resolutions, with nothing but the best of intentions. But often times the motivation wanes, and by the time June rolls around, we can barely remember what it was we were promising ourselves back on January 1st. And don’t say you have no idea what I’m talking about – we’ve all been there, done that.
Does this mean I think it’s silly to make resolutions and want to start fresh come January 1st? Of course not – even though it’s just a date on a calendar, it does follow what is generally a busy, indulgent time, and carries with it that symbolism of renewal and whatnot. So I’m gonna go ahead and make a few New Year’s goals for myself, because I think it’s good to recognize the things I deem important that I want to work towards in the coming year. And by putting them out there on the blog, maybe..just maybe I’ll be a little more accountable
Marianne’s Goals For 2013
- Organize/Clean/Purge – I have a lot of stuff in progress, whether it’s half unpacked boxes, projects on the blog, recycling to take out, etc. When I step back and think/look at it all, it’s a bit overwhelming. But it needs to be dealt with, so I’m hoping to set mini goals each month of tasks that need attention.
- De-process My Kitchen – I don’t eat a ton of processed foods, but I still end up with random packages of things that I may have bought as an impulse that I really a) don’t need, b) aren’t overly health, and c) are a waste of money. Like the 3 half eaten boxes of stale crackers in the pantry. Am I’m talking about eliminating anything processed from my life? Of course not! But there are definitely things I can do without. Plus this will just get me cooking more, using my vast collection of cookbooks, and having more delicious posts to share with you
- Bake Bread – I guess this could tie into the above goal, but it’s something I would like to do more of. I love baking my own bread, but rarely do it. It’s such a satisfying thing to do though, and makes the house smell amazing. Not to mention it’s a money saver!
- Read – I don’t even want to talk about how many books I’ve purchased/received over the years that I have yet to dive into. I find it really hard to make the time to get into a book, but when I do it’s always so rewarding. So this year I’m going to do it. Maybe I can keep a tally of how many books I do read (that aren’t for internship) this year.
- Get Active – Not gonna lie, between internship, work, and having a social life, physical activity has been on the backburner for awhile. And with my nerve issues, this could be a tough one, but I’m determined to find ways to achieve this even if I can’t really use my left arm. No specific fitness goals or anything, I just want to get more active.
Of course, I could come up with countless other things I’d like to accomplish, but no point in overwhelming myself (I do still have other responsibilities to attend to). But hopefully I can work on ways to incorporate little changes and plans to actually feel like I’ve made some progress come December 31.
And because it’s the new year, I thought I’d leave you with a picture of my furry friend