After the success of my 13 in ’13 list last year, I am excited to make 2014 a year of fulfillment. There is much to love about the new year. It feels like a clean slate, a new beginning. I’ve always thought you should start as you mean to go on, and no time is that more potent than the first day of a new year.
In 2014 I have a million things I’d like to accomplish. But there are certain ones that I’m already working toward and mean more to me than others. So I’ve narrowed down my list to the fourteen that I want to focus on.
1. Read the 10 Most Banned Books – After failing to do this last year, it is number one in my list this year. I read voraciously, so why not make a point of reading these ones and figuring out why they’re so bad?
2. Try a New Sport (Especially One Mark Loves) – This is the other goal that I set in 2013 and failed to do. This year, I will MAKE IT HAPPEN.
3. Go Chemical Free – I have already started on this goal by going No Poo and stopping using chemical-laden beauty products. I want to continue my efforts and end the year beholden to nothing! This will also mean eating more naturally, as well. Not only do I want to stop putting chemicals ON my body, but I want to stop putting them IN my body. This will be a gradual change, but hopefully it will happen before the end of the year.
4. Do Something Each Day that Scares Me – I am known for being a worrier. I seriously am terrified and anxious most of the time. Even going to the cinema to see a film (not that that ever happens!) fills me with dread because I think about being trapped in a fire, a madman with a gun, or someone secretly cutting my hair… So each day, I hope to face up to something that scares me. Even if it is simply saying hello to a stranger.
5. Keep a Memory Box – I think that I’ve always considered my blog as my virtual memory box. But I really do want to start writing down and collecting memories that I can then look at at the end of the year and see a very visual representation of all that has happened to us as a family.
6. Set a Goal Each Month – Mark and I set out to make January a “no spend month.” Basically this means we won’t be buying anything that isn’t absolutely necessary. Bills will be paid, and food will be bought, but nothing special. And since my birthday is this month, it’s gonna be extra tricky! But I love the idea of setting a goal for each month of the year. It will take some cunning to figure out each one, but I’m ready for the challenge.
7. Do the 52 Week Money Challenge – I have seen this all over, and I love it. Saving an amount of money each week so that at the end of the year, you have a lump sum. That is AWESOME. And I think it will be great to do it and maybe use the savings for something wonderful.
8. Answer the 30 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Die – I found these a while ago, and I’d like to get them all answered in blog posts before the end of the year.
9. Ditch the Scales – So much of my life is spent standing on the bathroom scales, determining my own worth through whether or not I have gained or lost weight. And that’s awful. So as part of my Self Love Project, I want to ban the scales for a whole year. Barring any doctor visit which may necessitate getting weighed (I will not look!), I will not allow myself to know my weight in 2014. I want to see if it makes a difference.
10. Finish My Novel – I wrote a book! Well, most of a book, anyway, during NaNoWriMo this year. The first draft is nearly complete, and I have kind of lost steam. So I am going to make it my mission to finish writing it and editing it and getting it ready to submit to publishers by the end of 2014.
11. More Art – I wrote a post recently about how little art I’ve done since my kids were born. I want to make this year an artful year, where I actually work toward make pretty things.
12. Plan an Anniversary Party – I am SO grateful for how amazing our wedding was this year, given how little planning we did. I could not be happier to be married to my best friend, and I want to celebrate that. So this September I want to have a party to celebrate. We didn’t get a reception or anything, so this will serve as our big bash. We shall see if anyone actually comes.
13. Take a Trip Somewhere New – Other than the occasional trip to the beach or going to visit family, we haven’t really done any traveling as a family. Mark and I went on a Caribbean cruise two years ago, but it wasn’t the same. So this year, I’d like to take the kids and go somewhere new and exciting. Not just a day trip to a tourist trap, either. Somewhere where we can really explore!
14. Be Present – I want to pay more attention to my kids, my husband and myself this year. Less time with my phone glued to my face, less time wishing the children were in bed already, and less time feeling “bored.” I have the most wonderful people in my life, and I want to focus on them and how much I love them. I want my kids to know that mommy is the lady who plays with them, cuddles them, and loves them unconditionally. And while I do all of this daily, I know that I let myself be distracted too often, and that is not good.
So there we are. My fourteen goals for 2014. Hopefully I can end the year saying I did my very best to accomplish each one of them.