I can’t believe it’s already the first of January. How did time fly by so fast? Well, with such short notice to get my New Year’s resolutions together, I came up with a list of goals that aren’t so typical (ie: exercise, lose weight, save money, eat healthy, etc.) Those are always great goals, but I wanted to dig a little deeper.
For many people, some of these goals might be easy to accomplish. But for me, I tend to put most of my energy into my career and at the end of the day, my personal life is on hold while I scavenge for food and binge on Netflix.
I’ve broken my goals down with realistic expectations for myself within the next year.
Make 10 new friends this year
Because I live about an hour away from my friends and family, my goal is to make 10 new friends closer to home. I hope to get more involved around the community in art or fitness classes or make actual friends in my neighborhood. I don’t want acquaintances, I want real friends.
Try 4 new hobbies
I have all of these hobbies piling up that I want to try, but I’ve never made them a priority. Instead of setting the bar too high, I am making the goal to try 4 new things this year. At the top of my list is watercolor painting and gardening. Wish me luck.
Reactivate 3 old hobbies
Between my husband and I, we have about a gazillion old hobbies that fizzle over time. This year I want to reactive 3 of them and continue to do the things we once loved. One of those things is rock climbing. We both have everything we need to climb and we have high hopes that we can get back into it this summer.
Teach Kai 5 new tricks
Teaching my pup tricks is fulfilling for both of us. I have a sense of accomplishment and he has a sense of achievement. There is nothing I love more than spending time with him and watching how cute he is when he does tricks. (He just learned high five this week.)
Cook 1 new recipe each week
Cooking is hard. I will be the first to admit I don’t cook gourmet meals… like ever. You can bet that all of our food comes from the freezer isles at Costco. I want to cook one new meal every week to give us a break from the Costco usuals and also help me learn a thing or two about cooking. Pinterest is my biggest inspiration for cooking.
Speak Up and Share my thoughts
I consider myself pretty outgoing and moderately outspoken when it comes to my opinions.. but this year I want to practice speaking up. Speaking up when something is bothering me at work, or if a neighbor or friend did something I don’t agree with. Often times in a professional environment I get nervous to say how I’m really feeling if I’m upset. Obviously there’s a fine line here.. but when I feel overworked, or under-appreciated, I would like to have the courage to appropriately say so. If I’m being honest, I feel others will see that and hopefully respect my feelings.
Serve My Husband Everyday
I love my husband, as we all love our significant others. But often times I find that I could be a better spouse. Sometimes when I blame him for doing something wrong, it’s a reflection that I may be doing something wrong instead. This year I am going to make a point to serve and love him daily. Of course I love him, but I need to show it in a way he will understand. I want to serve him, as in go out of my way to do something nice, or let him know he’s appreciated. We’re not talking about breakfast in bed every morning (although that would be nice) but rather sweet mid-day text, or a drink at work. The small things that keep a marriage alive.
I hope that my New Year’s resolutions have sparked some of your own and helped you dig deeper into your goals for 2016. At times I feel my goals aren’t adequate enough and that I need to be doing more, but if I do just a little better than last year, I call it a win.
What are some of your New Years resolutions?