I know, I'm SO original here, posting new year's resolutions. But I do like the spirit of the new year's resolution. Of course I know that most people don't follow through on them--I mean, if it's something you really want to do and are committed to, why are you waiting for a special day to start doing it? At any rate, the idea of a fresh start to set things right and improve upon oneself seems like a pretty neat idea, and sometimes the symbolism of a special day is motivational. This year, I've already spent half the year trying to set things right, and I believe I'm on track. Now it's time to set some goals and make plans.
- Run a half-marathon. Maybe multiple. Maybe a marathon. Wear minimalist shoes while doing said running. Since I think I'll be starting my work days at 9:00, I'd like to get into a routine of running in the mornings Tues--Fri before work.
- Eat healthier and more economically. Specifically, less sugar. I think this was a resolution I made at the beginning of this year, and that certainly didn't happen. I have to keep trying. Less meat. More vegetables. Maybe go vegetarian. More homemade meals and snacks. Get back to planning meals a few days in advance.
- Increase flexibility and strength. I'm already working on the second part of this by taking more exercise classes besides Zumba. I need to spend more time on developing flexibility.
- Find a suitable dwelling. I'm unhappy in my apartment because I can't grow vegetables or herbs due to a lack of sun on my balcony. It also no longer has the most attractive benefit of being walking distance from my job, and it's not particularly special beyond that. I've actually been considering building a tiny house (Google "tiny house" or check out Social Change through Simple Living on the side bar to see what I mean), but I have a lot of doubts. Regardless, I'd like better use of my living space.
- Knit more. I've really gotten away from this.
- Read more! I hope now that I won't be spending my evenings and weekends grading papers, I'll be able to read a bit more. I'm also pretty sure I'll buy a Kindle to keep reading materials from taking up space.
- Take more risks. I think I do things that other people would see as risky, but of course I mean situations in which I have a genuine fear of failure. Like, for example, starting a new career, which I'll be doing Monday. Also, creative endeavors are emotionally risky, and I'm going to work on being more creative.
As always, I plan to share my adventures in simple living with you all. What are your resolutions?