Not really. I like the old me! The current me. Whatever. I’m in a pretty good place, generally.
I haven’t set New Year’s Resolutions since I decided to drop my extra weight and run a half-marathon in 2010. My goal last year was to run a marathon, but I didn’t set it as a resolution. I started thinking about it back in October of 2011.
This year, though, I want to set some intentions for the year. It sounds all yoga-y and not…quite like me, honestly. But I love the idea of picking a few concepts to live by, things to keep in mind.
And here they are, simple as they seem.
- Fitness: Sticking with a plan. This includes strength training and intervals and running.
- Doing the things I say I will, when I say I will do them.
- Following through with friends.
- Attempting to be on time. It’s rude to be late, but I just am awful at punctuality. Must keep working on it.
- As ever, try to be more consistent with blogging.
- Spending less time looking at screens and more time looking at the world around me.
- Running without music, bringing awareness to the runs and the route.
- Paying more attention to the people around me and my relationship to them.
- Paying attention to my body and my mind and doing what is best for me.
- Pay attention to what I eat and how it makes me feel. Learn to eat more sustainably and intuitively. I am getting close, I think, but it’s a work in progress.
- Curate my home. Don’t just accumulate things to accumulate them. Make sure everything in the new house is meaningful, useful, and specific.
- When doesn’t the world need more kindness? Some days I think ‘be kind’ is the most important and helpful advice I have ever received.
- This goes with the self-awareness item, but: Be kind to myself. Strive for excellence, not perfection. Don’t beat yourself up excessively when you fall short.
- Do the same for others.
So that’s it – that’s what I want this year. Some small things, some big, but all important. There are others – exercise my creativity. Make things. Get outside more. But a lot of them fall into those three big categories, and I like that.