We are already a week into 2013 and I am so overwhelmed – in the best possible way – by all of the excitement this year promises. Now that Bobby and I are feeling like ourselves again – as evidenced by the cold beer and cheeseburgers we consumed tonight – I’ve had a chance to sit down and map out some goals for these next 12 months, and each one makes me smile.
Some of them are easy, some…not so much, as they challenge me both physically and mentally. Some of them are pure fun, some…not so much, as they push the boundaries of nearly 26 years of habit formation (see also, “house cleaning”). I thought I’d share the top 13 from my working list with you, in hopes that you’d share some of your goals for the year with me, too!
Looking Ahead: 2013 Goals and Aspirations
Increase my number of books read from 2012.
Last year I read 27 books (and reviewed more than half of them, with a few more reviews to come). It’s no secret that I love reading, writing and pretty much anything associated with the literary world, but I hope to expand upon that this year with more books read and more reviews written. So for 2013, I hope to reach at least 35 books, and write a review for each of them. Yet another thing I love about finishing a book is the discussion that happens afterward, especially when others have read it. Which leads me to my next goal…
Start an in-person book club.
I’m happy to announce that this goal has already been accomplished, thanks to some tag teaming with another food- and book-loving blogger, Nicole. I will be sharing much more about it at the end of this month. I’m also excited to continue my virtual book club!
Cross the finish line at Ragnar del Sol.
This goal has been in the works for a while, but I’m excited to officially announce that I will be running Ragnar del Sol this February with 11 amazing women! Some I’ve known for years, some I’ve only just met, but after our team meeting on Friday I know that the 200 miles from Wickenburg to Tempe are going to be a blast.
Nicole and Ari are our fearless leaders. I was also able to convince my lovely friends Karla and Melissa to come all the way from California and Iowa, respectively. It has been far too long since I’ve seen either of those ladies in person, and I can’t wait to go on this adventure together. Bety, Jaime, Jennifer, Megan, Stacey, Tara and Kelli make up the rest of our group. Cheers to Team Dessert! (Our official name is “Run to the desert?! We thought they said dessert!”) I’d be lying if I told you that I’m not slightly terrified of this relay race and all that it entails over the course of 48 hours, but being in such good company is a huge comfort. It will be challenging, but totally worth it once we cross the finish line.
Travel across the ocean.
Bobby and I have been planning a 2013 trip to Europe in our heads for a long time, and we’re ready to make it a reality. Italy and France are highest up on our list, but there are so many other places we’d also like to see. If anyone has advice for how to make the most of Italy, France and maybe one other country or destination (Spain? London?) in a 14-day period, we would love to hear from you. Neither of us studied abroad and though I’ve been lucky enough to travel to a few places through various groups I was involved with in high school and college, we both will be experiencing travel to Europe on our own for the first time. We’re open to any and all suggestions!
Clean house more often than cleaned apartment.
Anyone who spent time at our Chicago apartment would probably agree that the term organized chaos often applied – and sometimes just chaos. Now that we are settled in for the long haul at our house, I want to work harder on taking good care of the space we live in, which to me means doing a better job of things like putting the dishes away
immediately, cleaning the most lived-in areas more often and in general, not allowing my usual piles of clutter to accumulate quite as high as they usually do (yes, that is me admitting that said piles are mine, not Bobby’s).
It is very possible that this goal might often fall by the wayside thanks to my tendency to embrace the above quote, but I’m going to make a real effort to try. In addition to keeping clean and organized, I also want to take on some DIY projects, such as creating an herb garden in our backyard and adding a few more plants to the mix of what is there already. These goals will also require me to be more diligent about maintenance and cure my lack of a green thumb. It should be interesting.
Finish my novel.
Yes, that novel. It’s interesting to look back on 2012 and see just how many excuses and life events I let get in the way of my personal writing. I do have to cut myself some slack with the move, but as Bobby recently pointed out while in the midst of a “let’s be real about this” conversation, there will never be a time in my life that I am less busy than I am right now. If I keep using a crazy schedule as an excuse, this book will never be finished. And so I have made a promise to myself that I will schedule a certain number of uninterrupted hours per week to write, research, stare at a blank screen…whatever it is I need to do in order to get it done. They are hours with absolutely no distractions made of the quietest quiet a person can find. So far, they’ve resulted in 4,000 new words. I like it. (Side note: The icon above is for Scrivener, which is an amazing software that is well worth checking out if you have a personal writing project of your own.)
Other goals for the year include:
- (Finally) take my mom on a girl’s weekend trip. It’s happening in February, and will be delectable.
- Train and complete at least five other races of varying distances (not sure about a half yet).
- Take a minimum of one day per week to go completely offline.
- Make an effort to cook at least one new dinner recipe per month to add into our rotation.
- Dedicate more workout hours to strength training – specifically arm exercises.
- Spend at least 10-15 minutes of every day reading and catching up on current events.
- Volunteer my time in some capacity at least three days per month.
Thirteen for now, and many more that I’m sure will become apparent as the year goes on. Some of them are from my 2012 list, but they certainly deserve to be repeated.
Now it’s your turn! I’d love to hear what you have in the works for lucky number ’13.