Monday, January 7, 2013

2013 - A Fresh Start

“Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” 

~~Anne of Green Gables

I always get a hankering to dig out my Anne of Green Gables books by L.M. Montgomery around this time of year because it's a great confidence booster.  Constantly learning from her (numerous) mistakes, Anne always has an optimistic outlook on life that you just can't help feeling lifted up in spirit along with her.

Which, is much needed when laying out one's goals for the new year!

I dislike the cliche "New Year's Resolutions"....I prefer to make a list of goals that I hope to accomplish.  I've always been horrible about sticking to them, whether they are called "resolutions" or "goals", but this year it is going to be different, because I am going to make it different.

I turned 40 in November, so I thought it would be neat to list 40 things I hope to accomplish in 2013.  When I actually thought about it, 40 things seemed WAY too daunting.  20 things?  More realistic, but still intimidating....10?   Yep, 10 seems doable....

  1. Eat healthier and exercise more.  I need to lose weight, but want to approach it from a healthy lifestyle standpoint rather than a weight loss standpoint.....after all, once the weight is lost, I still have to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep it off.
  2. Learn knew knitting techniques.  In addition to trying new patterns, I want to attempt using double pointed needles or circular needles, to knit "in the round" for socks, hats, etc.
  3. Continue learning to cook from scratch.  This includes meal planning and getting organized!
  4. Source more organic and local foods.  This is where the meal planning and organization comes into play so that the grocery budget isn't put on life support.  I do have the resources within reasonable driving distance to do this, I just have to plan, plan, plan!  I really want to purchase more grass-fed meat and dairy products.  Baby steps!
  5. Get more sleep.  As I get older I'm learning the importance a good night's sleep plays in our overall health.  The old adage "Get your beauty sleep" was not just a saying, it's the truth!
  6. Let go of fear and shyness.  All my life, I've been uber-shy, and easily intimidated by people I view as "better" than me.  And what for?  Because I have little self-confidence.  It's time to channel some Stuart Smalley.

  7. Play piano again.  I took lessons for years as a child but let it slip.  I'll need to basically reteach myself everything I used to know.  Thankfully, I've held onto all of my old lesson books.  We have a piano, might as well actually use the darn thing!
  8. Read more.  I love to read, but for reasons unknown to me, I've let it slip by the wayside lately.  Need to remedy that.
  9. Spend more time with my parents.  We live in the same town, why do I not see them more often?  Beats me.
  10. Stick to a manageable house cleaning schedule.  I usually put things off for days or weeks, then do massive marathon cleaning sessions on the weekends, and if I don't get to it on the weekends, lay massive guilt trips on myself.  Life is too short to be guilty and angst-ridden about a messy a tiny bit more every day and don't let it build up into massive jobs in the first place!

What are some of your goals for the new year?


  1. I'm gonna play more guitar and get back in shape once the new tread mill arrives. I will also figure out how to write more poetry and stuff.

    1. I'm anxious for the new treadmill to arrive, too!

  2. Sounds like a doable list to me! I also need to try to keep my house cleaner (in a timely manner) and REALLY want to find time to read more. I'm always happier when i do.

  3. Oh my goodness, I can relate to your description of being "uber shy" 110%. I'm the poster child for introversion and am also incredibly shy (to the point where I often struggle with being tongue tied when talking to new people). I don't mind being an introvert one iota and never see it as a negative, but it would be great to be a little less shy at times. I've gotten better (a bit) in this regard as I've grown older, and hope that trend will continue as the years keep piling on.

    But enough about moi! I think this is a terrific list of goals for 2013, and truly wish you luck with all of them. I'm here to cheer you on every day, so if you're ever feeling like you need a pep talk or encouraging word, just let me know! :)

    ♥ Jessica

  4. More BLOGGING... you left out the most important one! :-)

    Hope all of your goals are reached... they sound pretty 'doable', yet very tangible results!!!
    ...I need to crank up on my elliptical trainer, do a little weightlifting (mainly to be able to handle my 3-year-old, who is already 50 pounds...he's a honker...) and also, as aforementioned, try to get more Ginger stuff going...

    Here's to all and their lofty goals!

    KIG, Betsy!!!



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