I suppose it’s time I finally write my annual new years post. I began writing them on my old blog as a way to record my new years resolutions and review the past year. Traditionally, I’ve written the premier post on January 1st. In the post, I recall my previous resolutions and how well those held up, as well as introduce new ones. I’m quite late getting the first official post of 2014 written this year. We’ll just say I gave myself a month to think about it.
I wrote a short post at the end of last year capturing some of 2013’s biggest moments for me. I would like elaborate on each of those points to have them on record, but I’ll make individual posts for them.
Last year was incredible. So many wonderful things happened and my world changed drastically. For the last six months of 2013, I felt so alive in everything I did. Electricity popped within me at every task I accomplished and every milestone I passed. I’m convinced still that 2014 won’t hold a candle in many ways, but I don’t want to diminish the year’s light so early in.
As I was looking over last year’s post on the old blog, a few things really stuck out – things that weren’t even actual resolutions but observations or comments in passing that came to mean something later on. Things like:
- “I attempted to start writing at the start of last year, but couldn’t stick with it and eventually lost interest. A resolution for this year is NaNoWriMo.” This was part of a recap on a 2012 resolution to write more. It’s interesting because NaNoWriMo wasn’t an actual resolution, it just happened. I remembered it existed at the end of the year and felt like doing it. I didn’t even remember making this comment in that post until I reread it in preparation for this one.
- “Basically, I just sat back and expected good things to fall in my lap. I’m a Christian, and I’d heard so many times to just “hand it over to God.” But I think it’d be better if I met God halfway. So this year, the mantra is, “Try Harder, Do Better.” I want to give a better effort to things, and physically do more. So there’s that.” I couldn’t have possibly known what I’d accomplish or how far I would come from where I was. I also think the “meet God halfway” strategy should stay in place.
- In tandem with the previous bullet, “I’m on a mission this year to find a real job. I’m tired of being a sell-out and a joke to everyone who looks at me and sees an unemployed job-seeker. If it comes down to an unemployment agency, then so be it.” My, how prophetic. For it was exactly this act that led me to my dream job.
And now, a recap of 2013’s resolutions – the year preemptively described as “lucky” in that previous post:
- Do more.
- 1a. Do less. (i.e. Less whining, less complaining, less stressing, less lashing out, and less bad.)
- Lose more weight/run more.
- 2a. Participate in another 5K.
- Take more pictures.
- Red Binder.
- Find a job.
How did I do?
- I like to think I accomplished a lot last year. I went out of my way and sometimes out of my comfort zone to get the things I wanted. So worth it.
- I don’t know that there was actually less of any of the examples I wanted to work on, but I did give an effort.
- I ran on a somewhat regular basis until I started my job. It became difficult to balance the two, especially since I had to get up early to get ready. I’m hoping to get back into running this year.
- That being said, I also want to run another 5K. I didn’t run one last year, but I’m already looking at one for this year.
- At some point, I actually consciously calculated it and I take an average of 3 pictures a day. I doubt that’s any more or less than what it’s been in previous years. I also think the pictures mentioned in the resolution were in reference to Delilah, my big DSLR – a call to take more creative shots. This did not happen.
- Yeah. Still need to do this. I’m tired of it taking up a resolution spot every year.
So, what’s next?
Here are the traditional 5 resolutions for 2014:
- Run again. As already mentioned, I want to start running again. I’m going to start training in mid-February for this 8K at the end of May. I’m so excited – I’ve wanted to run this race since I moved here!
- Less sleep. I made the executive decision that I need less sleep. While some people require the exact opposite, I think I get too much sleep. It’s a vicious cycle: I fall asleep super early, sleep through the whole night, wake up early, feel tired from getting too much sleep and acting sluggish, then fall asleep early because my body is telling me it’s tired when in reality it’s just over-rested. I’ve already been making some strides to staying up later, so hopefully this will continue.
- Write more. I may or may not do NaNoWriMo again, we’ll see how I feel about it in October. For right now, this resolution will be slightly revised to, “edit and publish manuscript.” I’m giving myself the month of February to edit it and create the cover. Then all that’s left to do is publish it!
- Finish: Dresden, X-Files, Star Trek, KK. This isn’t exactly a constructive goal as it’s purely for entertainment purposes. I want to finish the Dresden Files series (up until the current book) as well as the Kingdom Keepers series, and I want to finish X-Files and watch all the incarnations of Star Trek. I’m stupidly excited to watch Next Generation, but I feel it’s only proper to watch TOS first.
- Red binder. Seriously. In short, my mother-in-law gave me this red “binder” (which is actually a photo album) that had a lot of pictures in it from when Justin was a baby. I wanted to scan the pictures and then return the red binder to her. I think she gave me the binder back in 2010. It’s time to cross this one off.
So there you have it. That’s what I hope to accomplish/do/watch/read in 2014. I’m sitting in my rocking chair with a red pen behind my ear, my manuscript on the floor next to me, and the sunrise illuminating my apartment. For all intents and purposes, I can’t think of a better way to ring in the new year.