My favorite New Year’s Eve activity is new: it is scrolling through various social media platforms and reading all the [hugely ambitious] goals my virtual pals are committing to. They are generally funny, sometimes sad, and rarely kept. Highlights for me:
*The already in a healthy weight gal-pal vowing to drop 30 pounds by June 1st.
*The toxic “friend” swearing off all negativity, avoiding people who bring him/her “down.”
*The alcoholic becoming drinking less. And only on weekends.
*The shopaholic saving for a world trip.
*The pot-sirrer swearing off gossip.
The list goes on…you’re familiar.
For several years I’ve privately established priorities for myself and evaluated them after a year. Some of these priorities aligned with a new year, some of them popped up in response to a life event. This year, I evaluated year-long goals (superficial ones, I grant you) and was surprised. My more intimate goals, the true character development stuff is fodder for a different post.
As 2015 started:
*I was frustrated with sporadic fitness. I hoped to exercise regularly.
*I wanted to read more. Once a voracious reader, the last several years have put my zeal for literature on the proverbial back burner. There’s always a show to memorize, a show to plan for, laundry to do, kids to watch, etc. In October 2014, a friend of mine told me about his new girlfriend, detailing how much she reads. There was a flash of anger as I felt that he was implying I didn’t read (couldn’t he remember me reading every day of our years as friends?!) or that she was better than me. I swear to you, I was that irrational. Instead of clinging to those irrational thoughts, I channeled them. I wanted to prioritize my intellectual stimulation.
*I wanted to post to my blog more. I’m not particularly good at blogging, but I enjoy the escape writing provides. I enjoy exercising a skill that I honed for some time in my past. I enjoy improving my word economy. I enjoy the catharsis each blog post brings. The entries are therapeutic and I find myself obsessing about that topic less once it is “LIVE”.
*I wanted to save more money.
*I wanted to continue previous efforts (“loves” lists, participating in things I enjoy- even if that means attending solo, prioritizing my relationship with Joe- keeping him as my partner and best friend, owning by bad behavior with acknowledgment and remorse, avoiding repeated bad choices…those things….)
*Although not stellar, I did exercise regularly. Even in falling off my routine for several weeks at a time (usually when I was doing a show), I moved enough to be happy and the quantified average is 1.4 times a week. Not great, but at least I moved.
*Books: I read an average of 2 books a month! Wow! I was happy with this because I really felt like I was reading MAYBE four a year. That could be a lie. The actual number for 2015 is 23….I rounded up considering I have four half read books that are my priority this year.
*Blogging: Dismal. Four for the year. 😦 How could you have survived without my sad little musings?
*Savings: Let’s not talk about it.
*Previous efforts: SPOT ON. Freaking nailed it, in fact.
So. My 2016 hopes- the ones I’ll make public:
1- Exercise 3 times a week.
2- Read 2 books a month.
3- Write 1 new blog post a month.
4- Save some money. Yeah. Let’s not quantify that.
5- Send 1 handwritten note- unsolicited- to a real person every month.
6- Meal plan for our house every week. EVERY SINGLE WEEK.
7- Keep up those other successful bits of awesome I attempt.
I got this.
What are you up to this year?