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2013 is Going to be a Busy Year

2013 is Going to be a Busy Year

With a little over a month to go in 2012, I thought it was time to look back on how badly I failed at my resolutions this year. Work had me stressed out for the majority of the year and I reverted back to always saying, “Yes” even when I knew I was taking on too much. 

So, without further ado let us look at my year of resolution failures…

1. Strengthen my person relationships. This I feel like I have somewhat accomplished. I saw family quite a bit this year, sadly it was mostly due to a string of tragedies. I felt like this resolution may have been a little too broad and it’s something I should be doing anyway. Going into 2013, I will definitely keep a line of communication open and try to make this a habit.

2. Write more letters, emails and thank you notes. I actually DESTROYED this resolution! Since I have started writing inmates, the flood gate of letters has opened. I have written letters to my babcia, my mother, uncles, friends in Europe and even my oldest brother. I’m carrying this goal over into 2013, but I know that I will be able to keep it up.

3. Take a real vacation with someone. This resolution was an utter failure. All of my trips (save a few to Tahoe) were solo or business related. I’m actually taking this resolution off the table, since I can tell it’s not something I’m going to be able to accomplish in the foreseeable future. 

4. Write a novel. Though I have worked on my novel, it is not even close to being completed. I am taking part in NaNoWriMo, which has forced me to write and edit a bit. Plans to actually complete the novel have been shelved, but I will continue to work on it in 2013.

5. Learn to sew. Yea, this hasn’t happened. I’m not going to roll this resolution over into 2013 either.

6. Read 20 books in 2012. In 2012 I read 35 books, so I hit this out of the ballpark. I’m changing this goal up a bit for 2013.

7. Make a blog post 2-3 times a week. This resolution was extremely difficult for me to maintain. At first I felt like I was doing a good job keeping up with posting, but as I found myself busy with work I realize that I would rather make good posts, than more posts. Quality over quantity I suppose. 

8. Run 50 miles a week. This was an easy goal. Some weeks I just missed the 50 mile goal, but I made to make up for it the following week. I’m sticking with the 50 MPW goal in 2013, as I am comfortable with it now.

9. Take more cooking courses. 2012 was a year for cooking. I attended a Thai cooking course, Chinese Dim Sum course and I took a classic French course with a friend. Since I enjoyed this resolution so much I plan to continue taking courses into 2013.

10. Complete a detox plan. I have already done a small detox (2 weeks) this year and I plan to do another after the holiday season. This is another goal that I will continue to do in 2013.

Next year is still going to be insanely busy. I know that I don’t have a lot of time to spend on a laundry list of resolutions, but I find that setting goals each year is not only helpful, it is something I look forward to.

After thinking about my current time commitments and the number of goals I think I can actively achieve in 2013, I came up with the following list:

1. Continue to write more letters. I have found that I enjoy writing letters so much, I want to continue this goal into 2013. Writing inmates has been such a positive, fulfilling experience that I know I will be able to follow through on this goal throughout the coming year. 

2. Read the following books in 2013:

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Every Day by David Levithan
The Hive by Charles Burns
Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
Osama by Lavie Tidhar
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don’t by Nate Silver
Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson
The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire
Seed by Ania Ahlborn
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Railsea by China Mieville
– Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Son by Lois Lowry
I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
– Life as we knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer
– The Perfect Gentleman by Imran Ahmad
– Immortal Lycanthropes by Hal Johnson
– Origin by Jessica Khoury
– Book of my choice
– Book recommended to me

So, if you have a book to recommend leave it in the comments below. Make a case for the book! I’m only reading the book with the most compelling argument/interesting synopsis. As far as the “Book of my choice” I am using it as a placeholder in case a favorite author of mine publishes a book in 2013. If you have listened to any of these as an audiobook and you thought it was amazing, let me know. I want to try and listen to more audiobooks in the coming year.

3. Listen to at least 3 audiobooks. A friend of mine told me that I just had to start listening to audiobooks. I have tried to listen to a few in the past while I work, but I never end up finishing them. It’s not because they aren’t good, it’s just that I get so distracted with work I find them hard to follow.

4. Take more cooking classes. I thoroughly enjoy this goal and look forward to adding classes to my repertoire. I’m not going to set a goal of how many courses I take, just because I know my schedule is slightly prohibitive. 

5. Run 50 miles a week. This is a goal I plan to carry over every year, I may even stop adding it as a resolution. I would love to add a marathon or two into my rotation, but I can’t guarantee anything.

6. Complete a detox plan. Every year I try for two detoxes, so this may fall into the habitual resolutions category. My plan this year is to do one right before summer and the other after the holiday season.

 All of the resolutions above are ones that I have carried over from 2011-2012, but I do have a few new ones to add. In fact, I have four (4) new resolutions to add to my list for 2013. 

7. Streamline my exercise routine and add in something fun. I may run almost every day, but that can sometimes be a little monotonous. Yoga has been added to my rotation, as well as pilates and ballet (obviously). When I have the time, I go for a quick swim. This year, I think I may try playing tennis a few times a month. It was a sport I enjoyed in high school and I assume I would still enjoy it if I tried it now. Any suggestions?

8. Get involved with a charity or volunteer organization. Though I am currently on the Doctors without Borders list, I don’t feel like I am contributing enough. If anyone knows of organizations in the Los Angeles area that need volunteers, I would love to help out!

9. Learn another language. Being multilingual is amazing. It is something I continually thank my parents for pushing on me over and over. Ideally I would like to learn Spanish, but I am also open to other languages. This isn’t something I’m going to be able to complete in a single year, but it is definitely something I can start.

10. I’m going to try something different this year and let the masses decided what my final resolution will be. What kind of challenge would you like to set for me? You can email me or leave a comment. If I don’t have any options by the end of the year, I will have to set my own. I hope that I get some feedback on this, as I would like to make this a yearly resolution!

What do you think? Decent goals for 2013?