Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  We had a wonderful time at a friend's party...even if we had to leave at 8 to put the kiddo to bed.  Admittedly, I was asleep on the couch by 9, too.  Ah, we're definitely aging.  Or maybe just parents of a toddler.

I always find blog posts about resolutions so difficult to write.  It's admitting those flaws which, generally, I don't want to broadcast to the world.  And there are always components that I just can't share for various reasons, so they end up being a little vague.  Sorry about that.  But for the sake of accountability, here goes. Some of my goals in the coming year.

1.  Generally, I'm making positivity the center focus.  Thoughts, words, actions, relationships...I want to try and shift my perspective.

"I do believe we're all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other."
Harvey Fierstein

2.  I am returning to vegetarianism.  This has weighed on me for a long time, and I used pregnancy, and then nursing as excuses.  Both of which have wrapped up.  It's time.

"Vegetarian - that's an old Indian word meaning lousy hunter."
Andy Rooney

3.  Pick up the running again.  This has started to happen, but I'm committing to it.  A 5 mile race with a friend is on the books for April.  

"Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it." 
Oprah Winfrey

4.  Read more.  Specifically at least 20 books in 2013.  That may not seem like much, and I used to be a voracious reader, but recently it's been only a couple pages a night before I fall asleep.  Though, this may still be low as I'm already 1/2 way through #2.

"There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them." 
Ray Bradbury

5.  Write something.  I know this is vague, and I need something more concrete, but there it is.  The last thing I published was in 2010.  It's time.  Maybe something fun.  I've never actually published FICTION.  Or even entertaining non-fiction.  Most of it has been academic or work related.  So, this lofty dream that I used to have when I was a 10 year old who carried a notebook everywhere needs to grow some shoots.  

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." 
Benjamin Franklin 

So, there ya go.  I managed to not truly reveal any of my ugly scars.  But, I know what needs to be done.  And, I suppose that's a step in the right direction.  May everyone have the year they dream of!


  1. wow that's hefty list! I am going to use pregnancy as my excuse for not including a lot of these ;)

  2. I just laughed...20 books. Heavens! I am proud of myself if I read 1 every 6 weeks! Pathetic I know! Love your list! Go girl!

  3. Great goals - running writing reading! Definitely a way to make a great year

  4. Found your blog from Talk of the Trains.

    I'm with Lauren... 20 books is an awesome goal. I love reading but I just don't make time for it :( Best wishes in 2013!