With the end of the year fast approaching, it’s that time when most of us are looking at our lives and getting ready to make promises we probably won’t be able to keep. In the grand tradition of New Years Resolutions, I have decided to go a step further – a list of THIRTEEN goals I hope to cross off my list over the course of 2013.
Hopefully I will be able to track my progress here as I slowly but surely tick them all off.
To keep me honest, I will revisit this post as often as necessary until each goal is reached.
The challenge begins on January 1st, 2013, and I hope that by the end of next December, I will be able to say that I hit them out of the park.
So, in no particular order, here they each are, with a brief explanation:
Read the 10 Most Banned Books
I ran across this list recently, and I realised that MOST of these are books I have never read but always wanted to. And since I read about 200+ books each year, I figured it would be a goal I should finally focus on.
Devote Myself to a New and Healthier Lifestyle
The last weeks of my pregnancy are upon me, and my sedentary lifestyle is going to be getting a big upheaval once I have two little boys to contend with. So once my body has recovered from childbirth, I want to hit the ground running with a new diet/fitness regime which will see me more active and energetic for my kids. I will, of course, be documenting my progress here and hopefully reveal a brand new me by the end of the year.
Get Married (finally!)
This year was a bit of a bust when it came to getting married. Long time readers might remember how excited I was when I announced our wedding earlier this year and how disappointed I was when it got cancelled two weeks beforehand. We tried again, but in the end, plans were abandoned when we moved from England to Florida. And before we could set a new date here, I was pregnant again. Jeepers! So now it is even more important to me that our beautiful family become truly legit, and I am hoping we can do it before the end of 2013. Wish me luck!
I am not the kind of person who is by nature good at leading people. I was the kid who started neighborhood clubs and only found members by promising cookies and Kool Aid at the first meeting (no one came back for the second meeting). And since there are so very many online blogging networks already, I’ve never seen a need to dip my toe in the water. But when Google+ rolled out their communities feature a few weeks ago, I gave it a shot. I created the Mommy Bloggers group, and it’s actually been doing pretty well! There’s lots of interaction, and I’d like to see the numbers increase. We’ve got over 120 members right now, which isn’t a huge amount. But I didn’t have to buy junk food to gather them, and that is a huge deal for me.
Get to 1000 Facebook likes
Social media is a hard nut to crack. And unfortunately, having a good online following has become more important to brands and PR people who want to work with you. I started my Facebook fan page at the same time as I started this blog, back in April 2012. In seven months or so, I’ve gathered about 450 “fans,” which I’m very proud of. So I would love to try and double that number in the next year. The more people I reach, the more chance I might have of eventually hitting my NEXT goal:
I love blogging. Of course I do. But since I was just a little girl, I have been a story teller. I wrote poems, short stories and novellas all my life, dreaming of a living as a published author. I went to university to study journalism. I have worked in marketing and as a content writer. I write nearly every day of my life. But as yet, I have not had the guts to try and actually get published anywhere OTHER than online. So why not give it a go? This year, I will put myself out there and try to see my name in real print media.
Write the First Draft of a New Book
I have in my documents folder about twelve books at various levels of completion. With ventures like NaNoWriMo every year and my various failed previous new years resolutions, I have made a start on so many stories, I can’t even remember them all. But I’m not getting any younger, and life long dreams are only fulfilled by taking the first step. So this year, I will complete a book. Even if it is rubbish. Even if it takes the whole year. Even with two kids and no privacy and a lack of ideas. I will do it.
Get a Professional Family Portrait Done
In Dexter’s first year, we managed to get THREE professional studio sessions done. The first was via Groupon and allowed us to get a massive discount. But even with that, I was totally disappointed in the quality of the photos. The second session was amazing with tons of photos I would have loved to have had… but in the end, we couldn’t afford the prices and came away with just a couple of small prints. And the third session was not just us, but all the kids/grandkids on my side of the family. We got some cute photos, but none of just us. So once the new baby arrives, it is important to me to get new photos taken and keep up with them yearly.
Go to Utah to Visit Mark’s Family
Given that our Christmas plans were cancelled last minute, it will be another few months before we get the chance to head back out west to see Mark’s family. We haven’t been there since just before I got pregnant with Dex back in June of 2010. So it might actually be three years by the time we get out there. I want to make sure we have a long and REALLY fun visit. Not only because Mark deserves some quality time with them and his friends, but because Dexter and the new baby deserve to meet their cousins, aunts and uncles and get to know that side of their family tree!
Try a New Sport (Especially One Mark Loves)
Last year, when Dex was about six months old, Mark talked me into trying wakeboarding. I wasn’t very good at it, but it was so much fun! I’d love to give it another go, and I know Mark wants me to try surfing, snowboarding and various other sports. This year we were looking forward to doing these things in our new Florida home, but getting pregnant made it a bit impossible. So next year, I aim to add a new sport to my list!
Save $500 and Use it to Buy the Family a Present
Having a blog has allowed me some opportunities now and then to make some money through my writing. And I am ever so grateful for it. It is nice since I don’t work, I can still contribute in small ways to the family. It’s especially nice at the holidays when I can buy Mark a gift and know that I paid for it myself and didn’t just take it from the money HE has earned. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, as we have a great understanding of where we stand in the relationship – he works for money and I work for free! 😉 But it is still nice to be able to give back on my own terms. Maybe next year I can buy our Disney annual passes or something. We shall see!
Print/Frame/Display Favorite Photos in Every Room
I firmly believe that photos make a house more homey. Before we left the UK, we had just started displaying photos, canvases and art across our house, and it cheered me up every time I saw them. But since we moved to the US, we are now having to start all over again. So I want to make it a priority to gather some great frames and our favorite photos and get them displayed in a way that will make us all very happy.
Have a Makeover
When we first got here, I gave myself a little mini makeover, and it reminded me how good you can feel with just a little bit of change. Appearance is most certainly not everything, but being surrounded by boys all the time, I do tend to feel a little less womanly. So since I am going to be working on my health and wellness over the next year, why not try and tackle my out of date look, as well? Growing my hair out, maybe getting some new makeup, and investing in some new clothes will surely keep me chipper along the way, and it gives me something to look forward to. Maybe I’ll have something done before our wedding so that I can debut a new look in style!
So I guess that’s it. Thirteen in Thirteen. Can I do it? I hope so! Have you got some new year’s resolutions to share? I’d love to know what you are working on for the coming year. Maybe we can support each other!