Published on January 11, 2013, by meg in real life.
Journal that reads 'Look Ahead.'

Via flickr from libookperson

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.
  • Housecleaning.
  • 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.



  1. Teresa says:

    We can help each other declutter! I just found a closet in our house I hadn’t opened in a year and its ALL my stuff!
    Teresa recently posted..Everyday Food Tribute: Thai Skirt Steak

    1. Teresa says:

      Ignore the recipe I shared? WordPress added that on its own…wierd

      1. meg says:

        All I see is a link to your last post, so that’s fine!

        And yes, decluttering. Dear merciful heavens, why do I have so much stuff!