Truth is, I'm a year-round fan of resolutions. Ever since I was little, I've been obsessed with goals — with looking forward, with striving toward something and seeing it through. And even if I don't follow through every time, it's the process that I cherish most. Sure, in the end, I'm always hoping for the gold star, but even when I don't earn one, I still find comfort in the effort. In the movement. Nothing scares me more than feeling still and static, feeling stuck. I need to be moving forward.
I think about my New Year's resolutions for weeks ahead of time, trying different ideas on for size. I used to spend December coming up with big, overarching goals that seemed, quite honestly, almost unattainable. Luckily, with age I've become a bit more realistic. Or maybe I've just realized that it's the little things, not one giant shift, that create the most change.
In any case, this year, I've aimed for variety: concrete goals I can achieve day by day, sweeping plans for throughout the year, plus random acts to slip in as I please. In 2013, I plan...
... to floss daily. It seems silly, I know, but I love to have at least one resolution that's simple, straightforward, and easy to track. Who doesn't love crossing something off a list?
... to create more of a routine. This is our first normal, routine year ever as a couple. In the past, we were either switching jobs, starting school, ending school, moving, or getting married. Now we're finally in a settled place where routines and regular schedules can exist. (Bliss.)
... to read more, watch less. I love reading more than (almost) anything, but last year, I emphasized writing and I just didn't make time for it. In 2013, I'm aiming for at least one book a month.
... to do the things that scare me most. If I let myself, I'd never leave my comfort zone. It's something I have to force, and this year, I'm planning to push myself past the fear. New is good, scared is good. Because when you're scared of something, it means you care.
... and to make a really, obnoxiously big deal out of birthdays. I've always been a major birthday person, but as my life's become busier, I haven't been able to make my family and friends' birthdays as special as I'd like. In 2013, though, I'll be going all-out again. Cue the confetti!
I'm curious: Are you a resolutions person? Or is it not your thing?
Do you have any goals or plans for the new year?
(Photo: Brooklyn Benches Fall 2012 | My Flickr)